5.4 out of 10

Hwy 9, California

37.1888560476469 -122.14321907573
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • No ratings yet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5

"Windy and Exciting"

Highway 9, while not the most efficient or carsick-proof way to get to Santa Cruz, is definitely one of the most scenic. The road winds through towering redwoods and tangled madrones, paralleling the Skyline to Sea trail. As a result, there are many pulloffs along the way that allow for a quick hike.

Boulder Creek itself is a cute little town with a laid-back, hippie facade and an embedded drug culture. I wouldn't exactly call it a dangerous place, but it is something to be aware of. However, the downtown portion is only a short section of the drive.

Between the towering canopies and open vistas, this is definitely the scenic route, and not the efficient one. If you have the time and want to find a hike, it is definitely worth doing once or twice.
  • Great hiking
  • Scenic
  • Nauseating drive
  • Slow to travel on
  • Hard to get to
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers

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