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California State Route 35; The Goat Trail

While on a recent Bay Area trip I was able to take a segment of one-lane state highway on California State Route 35 known as "The Goat Trail."


The Goat Trail segment of CA 35 is located between CA 9 at Saratoga Gap on Skyline Boulevard southeast to CA 17 at Patchen Pass via Bear Creek Road and Summit Road.  The Goat Trail largely straddles the Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County line on the ridge of the Santa Cruz Range.  In 2017 I was unable to visit the Goat Trail due to a washout during the winter at Las Cumbres Road.  That said, I did drive CA 35 north from CA 9 at Saratoga Gap to Great Highway in San Francisco.  The previous blog entry on CA 35 north to Great Highway contained much of the historical information regarding the highway and can be seen here:

CA 35 from CA 9 north to Great Highway

The started the morning with a drive up from CA 9 southwest to CA 35/Skyline Boulevard at Saratoga Gap.  Saratoga Gap is located at an elevation of approximately 2,600 feet above sea …
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California State Route 114

Continuing from the previous blog entry on California State Route 109 a block to the west on Willow Road is California State Route 114.


Since CA 114 and CA 109 are closely related to the realignment of CA 84 I thought that I would link the CA 109 blog here.

California State Route 109

CA 114 is a 1 mile state highway beginning at CA 84 near the approach to the Dumbarton Bridge in Menlo Park south to US Route 84 in East Palo Alto.  CA 114 is currently unsigned but wasn't always the case.  Heading southbound from CA 84 on CA 114 the company headquarters for Facebook is can be seen directly north of Willow Road.






CA 114 south quickly crosses a series of rail tracks and enters East Palo Alto near O'Brien Drive.






CA 114 was the original alignment of CA 84 which is best evidenced by this CA 84 west shield still posted on the highway.  CA 84 was realigned in 1984 when the current Dumbarton Bridge replaced the 1927 span which in turn led to CA 114 being designated on Willow Road.





CA 114 u…

California State Route 109

On the south side of San Francisco Bay between US Route 101 and California State Route 84 there are to unsigned short surface routes; CA 109 and CA 114.  Both CA 109 and CA 114 are located with the boundaries of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, this entry is about the former route CA 109.


CA 109 is a 2 mile state highway running on University Avenue between US 101 in East Palo Alto to CA 84 in Menlo Park.  Northbound traffic departing US 101 from exit 403 must join Donohoe Street and take a brief western jog to reach CA 109 on University Avenue.



CA 109 north travels through East Palo Alto and enters Menlo Park at Notre Dame Avenue.  Notre Dame Avenue north to CA 84 was the first segment of CA 109 that was adopted by Caltrans.  Traffic is slow with speed limits as low as 25 MPH in East Palo Alto.






CA 109 on University Avenue crosses a set of rails before terminating at CA 84.








The north terminus of CA 109 is within view of modern Dumbarton Bridge crossing San Francisco Bay.  The Dumbarto…