Cycling routes from Pescadero to Caltrain in Silicon Valley?
April 22, 2013 11:30 AM   Subscribe

I'm planning a cycling trip to San Francisco to the Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero in July. I think I have a pretty good idea of how to get there by just following Highway 1, but I'm not sure how to get back. Instead of going back the way I came, I'd like to ride from Pescadero over the Santa Cruz mountains to Silicon Valley and catch the CalTrain into the city. Can anyone suggest a route? The shorter the better, so the station is not important! I know it'll be a climb.
posted by Borborygmus to Travel & Transportation around San Jose, CA (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Pescadero Creek Rd to La Honda to Old La Honda to Sand Hill Rd to Palo Alo caltrain.

I'm pretty sure I've done this route and that it's pretty popular. And yes, it's a climb. And although there are a lot of cyclists on this route it's still pretty busy and narrow in spots.
posted by GuyZero at 11:34 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

The only change I'd make to GuyZero's suggestion is to recommend taking Stage Rd. from Pescadero to San Gregorio (much less uphill) and then 84 east to La Honda. Depending on the day, you might want to consider staying on 84 all the way over the hill to Woodside - on a weekday there's not much traffic and the climb is easier than Old La Honda.

I ride this area all the time and its gorgeous. Have fun!
posted by the_shrike at 11:42 AM on April 22, 2013

A third option, with more climbing but much less traffic, is to continue on Stage Rd. all the way up to rte 1, then go north on 1 for a mile or so to Tunitas Creek Rd. Climb Tunitas Creek up to Skyline, then cross over and go town Kings Mtn. road to Woodside, and on to CalTtrain from there.
posted by TDIpod at 12:58 PM on April 22, 2013

Response by poster: Checked this out, thanks! Looks fun, but yeah, a climb and narrow. It reminds me of the ride I took along Panoramic Highway from Stinson Beach to Mill Valley. Is that an apt comparison?
posted by Borborygmus at 9:01 PM on April 29, 2013

Best answer: Oh wow, getting down here from the city took a lot longer than I expected, what with the traffic and the wind! I also didn't expect the strain of carrying a daypack, as small as it is.

Good thing I learned of some alternatives to crossing at Pescadero. Like backtracking to Half Moon Bay -- the route there seems pretty easy.

But what I think I'm actually going to do is ride down to Santa Cruz, so I don't have to backtrack at all, and take the Highway 17 bus to San Jose to catch Caltrain there. Thanks for all the advice!
posted by Borborygmus at 8:08 AM on July 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

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