5.3 out of 10

Santa Cruz Hwy, Scotts Valley

37.0585964774962 -122.005904068931
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers


3/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Schools 5/5

"They Don't Make it Easy..."

Highway 17 is just about the only way to get from Silicon Valley to Santa Cruz, and the Scotts Valley section is at the tail end (or beginning end, depending on where you are coming from) of the roller coaster ride. The redwood trees are lovely but provide a canopy that does not allow you to see too far ahead, making this a very accident-prone drive for many, given the volume of people who drive through.

If you do make this trek, do not leave Santa Cruz or Scotts Valley early in the morning on a weekday to drive into the Valley, as you will be competing with commuters all morning long. Likewise, driving back in the evening provides an equivalent challenge in the opposite direction. However, I have never had any problems doing the reverse commute.

This is just as twisting and winding as any Northern California redwood road. Best of luck, and be careful!
  • Pretty
  • Only two-lane highway over the Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Near the beach
  • Traffic
  • Can be dangerous to drive on
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers

Best Streets in Scotts Valley


Mount Hermon Rd

"Standard Shopping Center"
37.0463153230644 -122.028943605955

Unranked Streets in Scotts Valley

"Great place to live overall"
37.0526459093167 -122.033723207157
"Great Street, Great Town"
37.0588508825032 -121.999694521105

Navarra Dr

"Really Nice. Enough Said. "
37.0599844116914 -121.994835347634
"They Don't Make it Easy..."
37.0585964774962 -122.005904068931
"Nice Main Drag"
37.0586834945477 -122.010272802005

Sunset Ter

"Great Place to Live..."
37.0584385394156 -121.998220219148

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