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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
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Length, One-Way: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers)
Time: 20 minutes @ 35 mph

General Information

Description - Route 9--Saratoga-Los Gatos Road curves through a suburban area at the foot of the Santa Clara Mountains. Along the route are the Hakone Japanese Gardens and the gardens of the Mediterranean style Villa Montaldo.

Attractions - Starting at Skyline Boulevard, this two-lane roadway winds downward from the summit at Saratoga Gap. Along the route, the scene changes from a forested landscape to a mixed forest and an abandoned apple-pear orchard farmland. The route then joins the Saratoga-Los Gatos Road at Blaney Plaza in Saratoga.

The Saratoga-Los Gatos Road traverses the cities of Monte Sereno and Saratoga curving through a comparatively level area at the foot of wooded mountains. Its protected corridor includes Villa Montalvo, a Mediterranean type structure built in 1912, which is now a community cultural center and county arboretum; and the Hakone Gardens - authentic Japanese gardens and buildings recreated from the 1915 Pan American Exposition in San Francisco.

Recreation - The Route 9--Saratoga-Los Gatos Road is known for it's cultural and scenic attractions including the nearby foothills.

Climate - Climate in the San Francisco Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - This byway is located at the south end of the San Francisco Bay area beginning at the Los Gatos junction of Route 17 and Route 9, following 9 northwest past Saratoga. The scenic part of the highway ends at the junction with Route 35.

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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