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Disaster Tourism Road Trip Part 1; California State Route 129

Back in February of this year the heavy winter rains had finally started to subside.  Pretty much across the entire state of California there was extensive mudslides that had wiped out several roadways.  At the time there was already an extensive slide on California State Route 35 and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on CA 1 had already been damaged beyond repair.  Amid the chaos the Santa Cruz Range was getting hit hard with various closures throughout the mountains.  Local news stations across San Francisco Bay were being openly critical of people traveling through the slides to check out the aftermath; specifically they were being called "disaster tourists."

Given the weather was starting to improve I made plans for a weekend trip through the Santa Cruz Range northward to the countryside north of San Francisco Bay.  I started my Disaster Tourism Trip with a clinch of CA 129.






CA 129 is a 14 mile state highway traversing the Santa Cruz Range from US 101 in San Benito County to CA 1 i…

Disaster Tourism Road Trip Part 3; California State Route 35 from CA 9 north to Great Highway

Originally when I was planning out my trip I wanted to take all of California State Route 35 given it has a single-lane segment of highway.  Unfortunately the single-lane section was wiped out in a mudslide (it still is as I write this on 11/8/17) and I had to settle for CA 35 from CA 9 north to Great Highway in San Francisco.


CA 35 was one of the original Signed State Highways in 1934 but had a number of 5 at the time.  CA 5 was changed to CA 35 in the 1964 State Highway renumbering to avoid a numbering duplication with Interstate 5.  Prior to 1964 CA 5 was part of Legislative Route 55 which was created in 1919.  CA 35 is 54 miles in length stretching from a southern terminus at CA 17 to a northern terminus at CA 1 in San Francisco.

For the most part CA 35 known as Skyline Boulevard and a large portion of the route follows the peaks of the Santa Cruz Range north to San Francisco.  When I arrived at the junction of CA 35 and CA 9 both routes were closed due to slides south to CA 17.


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Disaster Tourism Road Trip Park 2; California State Route 236 and Big Basin State Park

The second part of my trip to the Bay Area was up to California State Route 236 to photo-clinch one of the last one-lane state highways and get some decent hiking at a coastal Redwood Grove.


To reach CA 236 from CA 129 I took CA 1 and CA 17 north before cutting over to CA 9 to bypass a closure near the southern terminus of the route.  CA 236 essentially is a 18 mile loop to/from CA 9 that exists solely to bring traffic to Big Basin State Park in the deep Santa Cruz Range.  The south terminus is in Boulder Creek while the north terminus at Watermap Gap.  I started out from the south terminus on CA 9 in Boulder Creek which is poorly signed on a street blade.  Boulder Creek is actually a logging town that was created in the 1870s and has some pretty colorful older structures. 







The southern segment of CA 236 from Boulder Creek to Big Basin is a normal two-lane highway.  Prior to the 1964 State Highway renumbering this section of road was unsigned Legislative Route 44.  LRN 44 was added t…