Empire Grade

Empire Grade actually starts down in Santa Cruz. Here, we are only looking at the section from Pine Flat Rd (extension of Bonny Doon Rd to Jamison Creek Rd. Empire Grade goes for a kilometer or so beyond Jamison Creek and then becomes a gravel road to nowhere.

This part of Empire Grade is following the ridgeline resulting in a rolling hills profile. About a kilometer before you hit Jamison Creek, there's a nice informal viewing area with a little bench worked into the road paneling. You can see most of the Santa Cruz Mountains from there and Mt Hamilton on the horizon.

Empire Grade connects Bonny Doon Rd, Alba Rd, and Jamison Creek Rd, which allows you to put together some challenging loops.

View from Empire Grade

View from Empire Grade