Disclaimer: This may be common knowledge among Santa Cruz mountain regulars.

If you haven't done this climb, you should put it on your bucket list. I make a yearly trip down to Monterey in the spring and have done this climb the last 2 years (take Bear Creek exit off of Hwy 17). The bottom is tough, the middle is easy, and the top is really tough. Seriously gorgeous scenery, little traffic, and not too horrible pavement. Gonna give Soda Springs a shot next!

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