Hwy 9

Hwy 9 connects Santa Cruz with Saratoga. It's a pretty busy road, but there are no alternatives in this area to cross the ridge. The minimum section is from Redwood Gulch Rd on the Eastern side to Waterman Gap on the Western side, where you connect to Big Basin Way. There's a reasonable shoulder for this portion which makes the ride bearable.

The highest point is Saratoga Gap (at Skyline Blvd) at 795 m. The climb from either side is moderate, around 5%.

On the Western side there's a parking lot around 1.5 km from the top which has nice views over Big Basin and towards Monterey.

View from Hwy 9 towards Monterey

View from Hwy 9 towards Empire Grade and over Big Basin