1 Day Santa Cruz Loop


Mix of some of the best motorcycle roads with a planned stop in Santa Cruz 
From Shop, I-280 to Hwy 1 South (toward Pacifica)
Hwy 1 South past Half Moon Bay to Hwy 84 East
(At San Gregorio Beach)
  • Middleweight bike option - continue to Pescadero Road 
  • If you have time and like very tight tracks (dual sport type roads) try Stage Road between Hwy 84 and Pescadero Road​
Continue on Hwy 84 East to Hwy 35
  • This is the intersection where Alice's Restaurant Alice's is a popular rendezvous spot for local riders and exotic car owners.
If you are short on time you can either take Hwy 35 North to Hwy 92 East or take Hwy 84 to Interstate 280
Head south on Hwy 35 to Hwy
(make a right toward Santa Cruz)
  • A variation is to take 35 to Alpine road which will take you west back to Hwy 84 or Pescadero road
  • Alpine road is a very tight road suitable for small bikes and dual sport bikes. A lane and a half wide with no center line.​
Continue on Hwy 9 to Santa Cruz. This one of the nest motorcycle roads in the area and you will have the opportunity to visit the boardwalk in Santa Cruz - a great beach front city.
Return via Hwy 1 going north. This road is best taken heading north to see the dramatic sites including beaches and massive cliffs with shear faces that you will be able to marvel at from several miles out. Once you reach Pescadero Road you have options to repeat some of those roads or simply continue on Hwy 1 north to Hwy 92 for a rest in Half Moon Bay home of Ritz Carlton and Sam's Chowder house.
This is ride that gives you a good representation of Northern California twisties. Figure on taking about five to six hours for the ride. Preferably, you will be able to stay in Santa Cruz overnight which gives you the option exploring some of the roads in the area that cross the mountain between Hwy 9 and Hwy 1 or try Hwy 236 which runs roughly parallel to highway 9.
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