Mountain Charlie Google Streetview

Mountain Charlie Road is a narrow single lane road that winds from Scotts Valley, CA to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I took Mountain Charlie for my bike commute this morning. I was surprised to see it on Google Streetview.

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Charles Henry ‘Mountain Charlie’ McKiernan hacked Mountain Charlie Road as a wagon trail through the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1858. McKiernan’s Toll Road because a public road when Santa Cruz County paid McKiernan $600 for the right of way in 1878.


  • October 17, 2011 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    Wow, that does look like a nice road to ride on. Is it heavily used by bikers or cars? 

  • October 17, 2011 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    It’s heavily used by residents walking their dogs.  I think I saw maybe 5 cars on the road during the hour I was on this road this morning, which is more than the usual zero to one car I usually see.

  • bikesgonewild
    October 17, 2011 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    …how many miles z’bout ???…

  • October 17, 2011 - 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Total miles this morning was 32 miles. Mountain Charlie is five(-ish) of that or so.

  • bikesgonewild
    October 18, 2011 - 12:47 am | Permalink

    …sounds like about five-ish miles of cool & lovely cycling…

    …& if you’re getting in 32-ish miles of cycling several days or more a week on your commute, i’ll bet you’re in great cycling shape, amigo…

  • Jerryfig
    October 19, 2011 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    Looks like a great road to ride my scooter.

  • October 20, 2011 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Yep, it’s a wonderful road.

    I don’t do 32 miles nearly often enough 🙂

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