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Old 09-26-2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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Uvas, Holister, CA 25, La Gloria, Carmel Valley, CA 9 loop

I needed to "get away" so I took a 275 mile loop today from San Jose to Holister, La Gloria Road to 101, then Arroyo Seco to Carmel Valley Road, up to Santa Cruz, Highway 9, and back to Silicon Valley.
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A short summary:

CA 85 then down Santa Teresa (avoid 101)
Uvas Road - pleasant as usual
CA 25 to coffee in Holister (Mars Hill coffeehouse; try their signature cookie)
Continue CA 25 (along the San Andreas fault) to La Gloria Road west to Gonzales on 101 (11 miles recently graded dirt, then 7 miles paved).
Took River Road south (avoid 101) through lovely farmland.
Then Arroyo Seco (dramatic) to Carmel Valley Road (twisty).
I did not have time to take Cachagua Road, which I am told is paved but narrow.

Took Laureles Grade road north out of Carmel Valley; it is steep up and down, but wide.
Then I wove around through the farmland between Salinas and the coast. Lots of fields being picked. The smell of strawberries was incredibly strong. New plowing and irrigating. It is worth seeing what goes on down there and where so much of our vegetables come from.

Elkhorn Slough was a pleasant surprise; I was just staying away from highways, but there were egrets and grey herons and a nice winding road. Then more farmland.
Got on CA 1 just before Watsonville, but exited soon on Larkin Valley Road - another nice surprise small 2-lane road winding through and up and down the valley.

Back on CA 1 to just past CA 17 where I got on CA 9 north through Felton and Boulder Creek. It was now late afternoon and almost all the traffic was coming the other way. Lovely road through the redwoods. Great taking the twisties up hill.
When I hit CA 35 Skyline I could have continued on down CA 9 to Saratoga, but instead I went north 6 miles to Page Mill road, then back down to the valley.

I recommend any pieces of this trip.
I left between 9 and 10 a.m. and got back between 5 and 6 p.m. (did not rush).
What traffic I encountered was mostly going in the other direction (except the 5 mile stretch from Larken Valley Road to Highway 9.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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I would have taken the day off if I only knew someone was going to go for such a ride!
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:38 AM   #3
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Yep, the Carmel Valley loop is fun for me too. I live in the south bay area.

To get to Uvias I like to take Hicks road, it’s a fun road. Take the second Camden Ave turnoff on Hwy 85 heading east, turn left on Camden for about a mile, Hicks is on your right.

Off of Carmel Valley is Cahauga Rd., it parallels Carmel Valley for several miles and is very fun. Tight, rough , twisty and usually no traffic
Heading west on Carmel Valley road, turn left at Tassajara Rd then the first right is Cahauga.

Coming back I like to get to Summit, Hwy 35 via Eureka Canyon out of Corralitos

All fun back roads
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:23 AM   #4
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These are all fun rides I live just off of summit and ride loma preata and mt madonna dirt and paved all fun!
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:42 AM   #5
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These are all fun rides I live just off of summit and ride loma preata and mt madonna dirt and paved all fun!
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for your comments!
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Yep, the Carmel Valley loop is fun for me too. I live in the south bay area.

To get to Uvias I like to take Hicks road, it’s a fun road. Take the second Camden Ave turnoff on Hwy 85 heading east, turn left on Camden for about a mile, Hicks is on your right.
Yeah, goes on the west side of the reservoir and Quicksilver county park; how do you eventually connect to McKean/Uvas?

Off of Carmel Valley is Cahauga Rd., it parallels Carmel Valley for several miles and is very fun. Tight, rough , twisty and usually no traffic
Heading west on Carmel Valley road, turn left at Tassajara Rd then the first right is Cahauga.
Cahauga was on my route, but it was getting late and I did not want to be on an unknown, possibly 1-lane road at that point.

Coming back I like to get to Summit, Hwy 35 via Eureka Canyon out of Corralitos
Ah, I did not know about that; is it paved or dirt? I was going to take the Soquel San Jose road up to Summit, but then I'd be faced with the narrow blind twisty part of 35 just north of Summit (or take 17) so I passed and took CA 9 for the same reason as above.
I did like Larkin Valley.

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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I needed to "get away" so I took a 275 mile loop today from San Jose to Holister, La Gloria Road to 101, then Arroyo Seco to Carmel Valley Road, up to Santa Cruz, Highway 9, and back to Silicon Valley.
My Mom used to live in Carmel Valley, so I've done all of those roads in various combinations. Great ride!
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Yeah, goes on the west side of the reservoir and Quicksilver county park; how do you eventually connect to McKean/Uvas?j
There is really only two ways can go on Hicks from Camden, everything else is a dead end. They are clearly marked
You can take Shannon Rd, a mile or so west of Camden & Hicks. It goes to the town of Los Gatos and is a fun road
If you follow Hicks to its end it eventually turns into Almaden RD which crosses McKean
When you get on Hicks route too 19867 McKean, this will put you on McKean headed towards Uvas

Eureka Canyon/ Highland is a very fun, narrow, rough, twisty paved road. It is the kind of road I prefer.
There are two easy dirt roads in the area, both parallel Eureka Canyon.
Buzzards Lagoon or a section of Summit.
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