Alba Rd

Alba Rd is one of the steepest roads in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hardly any switchbacks, it's just straight going up the mountain from Hwy 9 to Empire Grade. You gain about 600 m in elevation in just under 6 km which makes the average grade over 10%.

From the top you can continue North on Empire Grade to Jamison Creek Rd. You can also take Empire Grade all the way down to Santa Cruz, or take Bonny Doon to Hwy 1.