Highway 9 Beach Run Ride
7. Highway 9 Beach Run
One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 50 miles/82 miles
Total Riding Time: 2 hours
While the famous part of Highway 9 between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard (see Highway 9 and Skyline Boulevard to Alice’s Restaurant) has been mostly tamed by the CHP and slow-moving autos, anything goes on the backside of the mountain. This Redwood ride down the Santa Cruz side of Highway 9 is fast and twisty, and not suitable for complete newbies. As always, let faster traffic pass and take it easy while getting to know the road.
Once you’ve woven your way down into the valley you’ll pass through the woodland towns of Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, and Felton. If you rode on an empty stomach stop at Jenna Sue’s Cafe (Dessert First Bakery) in Boulder Creek for the best breakfast in town, or Coffee 9 in Ben Lomond is a good spot to get a breakfast sandwich and a caffeine fix.
Read our Introduction To Rides of the South Bay to choose from the eight best routes in and around San Jose and the surrounding areas.