The winter of 2022 was brutal for many of our favorite roads, some of which have seen deferred maintenance for the very reason cyclists like them so much… they get very low car traffic. This is not a comprehensive list but covers some of the more-popular local cycling roads.
Stage Road between San Gregorio and Pescadero- Until recently, bicyclists had been able to use Stage Road on the pavement remaining intact; that is no longer the case as work has commenced in repairing the roadway. Estimated date of reopening is 11/17/23. As repairs are active, please do not even attempt to get through. https://www.smcgov.org/publicworks/2023-embankment-and-pavement-repair-near-4901-stage-road
West Old LaHonda- We’ve had this road pretty much to ourselves since a chunk of it fell in January 23, and the county has not set a date for when repairs might happen. There remains a wide enough section to easily ride through, with dirt shoulder the county has provided to keep cyclists from riding where it would be too dangerous. Note that, unlike Stage Road, the county does not have messaging suggesting bicyclists use alternative routes. You will find more debris on the road than normal, due to lesser vehicular traffic (since it’s no longer a through road for motorists). https://www.smcgov.org/publicworks/2023-embankment-and-pavement-repair-near-1102-old-la-honda-road
Old LaHonda Road- No restrictions in place. Occasional work being done that requires it to be shut down for a day here and there, always on weekdays. The stop-lighted one-way section is still in place (near the top) so not suitable for good Strava efforts.
Highway 84 from Sky Londa to Woodside- The road is open and well-maintained, with a stop-lighted one-way section towards the bottom. I’ve never experienced more than a 3 minute delay so it’s perfectly suitable for cycling.
Kings Mtn- They’re finally getting around to repairing the one-lane section below the Huddart Park entrance. Expect the occasional short delay when construction is taking place; otherwise there are stop signs at each end of the short one-lane section. Note that cars aren’t behaving well here; sometimes they go through without stopping.
Higgins Canyon Road- This popular
“bypass” of Highway 1, north of Tunitas and south of Half Moon Bay, has a failed section on the Half Moon Bay side. The county expects repairs to be completed mid-November. In the meantime it’s an active worksite on weekdays and completely impassible. On weekends, you may be able to squeeze through a nylon fence with your bike (there’s an area the workers have cut back for their own access). We last rode through on 10/15/23.
Dirt Alpine- Lower Alpine Road Trail is closed for repairs between the end of the paved section and Clouds Rest Trail. Repairs expected to be completed before the end of 2023. Note that Spring Ridge Trail in the Windy Hill Preserve remains open, allowing gravel & mountain-bike access to Skyline from Portola Valley. https://www.openspace.org/what-we-do/projects/alpine-road-regional-trail-improvement-project
Highway 9 (From Santa Cruz to Skyline)- 3 areas between Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek with one-lane controlled traffic. 1 one-lane section 3 miles west of Skyline where a landslide is being removed. The last of the work will extend into April 2024. The road is bikable.
Highway 35- Completely closed near Bear Creek, north of 35. Estimated reopening Dec 10th.https://www.ksbw.com/article/monthslong-closure-of-highway-35-in-santa-cruz-county-begins/45415382#
Highway 236 (Big Basin Way)- 1 or 2 sections with controlled one-way traffic. The road had been fully closed but is apparently open again. Verify before riding.