California State Route 35

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State Route 35 marker

State Route 35
Skyline Boulevard
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 335
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 54.056 mi[2] (86.995 km)
The length of SR 35 is broken into pieces and do not reflect overlaps.[1]
Major junctions
South end: SR 17 near Redwood Estates
  SR 84 in Woodside
SR 92 near San Mateo
SR 1 in Daly City
North end: SR 1 in San Francisco
Highway system
SR 34 SR 36

State Route 35 (SR 35) in the U.S. state of California, generally known as Skyline Boulevard, is a two-lane road running mostly along the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains from Highway 17 in Santa Clara County to San Francisco at State Route 1. Because of its high elevation and location, it is one of the few places on the southern portion of the San Francisco Peninsula from which the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean are both visible at the same time. It also provides scenic views of the Silicon Valley Metropolitan Area. A notable feature of Skyline Boulevard is historic Kings Mountain in Woodside. Skyline Blvd. offers views of Half Moon Bay along the Pacific Coast as it summits Kings Mountain.

It was originally designated State Route 5, but this was changed with the creation of Interstate 5 in 1964, to avoid confusion.

Skyline Boulevard stretches through the Santa Cruz Mountains, here near Palo Alto

Route description[edit]

This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[3] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.[4] However, only the portion from the Santa Cruz-Santa Clara County line to the SR 92 junction is actually a state scenic highway.[5]

The highway begins at the junction of Summit Road and State Route 17. It follows Summit Road up until Bear Creek Road, which bears Route 35 for a few miles until Skyline Boulevard is reached. It bears the name Skyline Boulevard for a majority of its route along the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west of Silicon Valley, passing cities such as San Jose, Saratoga, and Palo Alto. The road reaches its highest elevation near Sanborn Skyline County Park at about 3,000 ft (914 m). The ridge that the road follows forms the border between Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. However, the boundary is so irregular that the road weaves in and out of the two counties.

The ridgetop portion of the route ends at the junction with State Route 92,[6] because this northern area of the Santa Cruz Mountains is a protected watershed owned by the San Francisco Water Department. Highway 35 is co-routed with SR 92 for 2 miles (3 km) east, descending towards Crystal Springs Reservoir, which it crosses on a causeway, and then joins Interstate 280 northbound for 6 miles (10 km). However, on the southbound side, Route 35 exists as a separate road to the west of the freeway between Bunker Hill Dr. and Route 92, as there is no connector road between 280 South and 92 West.

Route 35 departs from 280 at the southern end of San Bruno, running to the west of the freeway, regaining the ridgetop separating South San Francisco and Daly City from Pacifica.

It crosses State Route 1 in Daly City and in San Francisco, Skyline Boulevard ends and the highway briefly continues along Sloat Boulevard until it reaches its terminus when it intersects Highway 1 again at 19th Avenue.

Recreational use[edit]

The popular Skeggs Point turnout north of SR 84.

Because of its scenic views and winding roadway, Skyline Boulevard and surrounding roads see substantial recreational motoring and bicycling use. Many sports cars and motorcycles can be found congregating near the intersections with State Route 9 and State Route 84, particularly on weekends. Mountain bikers are also commonly found at the many trailheads along the road.

Several public open spaces border on Skyline Boulevard, including Sanborn County Park, Windy Hill, and the Purisima Open Space; both the latter are parts of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Numerous hiking trails originate from parking lots off Skyline in these open spaces.

Whenever there is snow on the road's higher elevations, many people take their families up to see and play in the snow, and therefore, many of the parking lots at regional parks are packed with cars.

Other landmarks[edit]

For most of the route, State Route 35 offers vistas of both Silicon Valley's skyline, and also the Pacific Ocean. One such vista point, Skeggs Point, is between Kings Mountain and SR84. The route passes through many of the wildlife refuges along the ridge of Silicon Valley and other parks:

A number of streams originate near Skyline Boulevard, flowing to both Pacific Ocean and the Bay. Among the bayside streams are San Francisquito Creek, Redwood Creek, and San Bruno Creek.

History[edit]

As old highway maps show, State Route 35 was originally designated State Route 5. The number was changed in the 1964 renumbering. The original state route 35 was located in southern California and ran north to south from State Route 22 to U.S. 99, first along Los Alamitos Blvd. going north which turns into Norwalk Blvd. The highway continued west on Centralia Road and then north along Pioneer Blvd. until hitting San Antonio drive at Rosecrans Ave. San Antonio Dr. would turn back into Norwalk blvd. and Route 35 would continue turning into Old Mill Road at Beverly Blvd. Route 35 would wind through Rose Hills and Avocado Heights and would then turn into Puente Ave. at Valley Blvd. and continue to Route 99 where Route 35 ended at the border of Baldwin Park and West Covina.

Major intersections[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then.[2] The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[2][7][8]
Exit
[9][10]
Destinations Notes
Santa Clara
SCL R0.05-0.23
  R0.05 Summit Road Continuation beyond SR 17
  R0.05 SR 17 – San Jose, Santa Cruz Interchange
Santa Cruz
SCR 0.23-7.68
  2.87 Bear Creek Road
Santa Clara
SCL 7.68-17.12
Saratoga Gap 14.10 SR 9 – Big Basin, Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz, Saratoga
San Mateo   3.21 Alpine Road, Page Mill Road
Woodside 10.52 SR 84 (La Honda Road) – Woodside, La Honda
  16.22 Kings Mountain Road, Tunitas Creek Road
  23.04
5.19[N 1]
SR 92 west – Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz South end of SR 92 overlap
  7.19[N 1]
L21.72
SR 92 east to I-280 – Belmont, San Mateo, San Francisco, San Jose North end of SR 92 overlap
  L22.76
R12.32[N 2]
I-280 south (Junipero Serra Freeway) / Skyline Boulevard, Bunker Hill Drive – San Jose Interchange; south end of I-280 overlap
    South end of freeway on I-280
Hillsborough R14.22[N 2] 36 Black Mountain Road, Hayne Road
  R17.16[N 2] 39 Trousdale Drive – Burlingame
Millbrae R17.92[N 2] 40 Millbrae Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
R18.52[N 2] 41 Larkspur Drive, Millbrae Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
    North end of freeway on I-280
San Bruno R19.28[N 2]
R23.04
I-280 north (Junipero Serra Freeway) – San Francisco Interchange; north end of I-280 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
24.35 San Bruno Avenue
24.85 Sneath Lane
San BrunoPacifica line 26.23 Westborough Boulevard, Sharp Park Road – Pacifica
PacificaDaly City line 28.27 Hickey Boulevard
  South end of freeway
Daly City R28.69 54 SR 1 to I-280 – San Jose, San Francisco, Pacifica, Santa Cruz Signed as exits 54A (north) and 54B (south)
  North end of freeway
30.83 John Daly BoulevardWestlake District
City and County of San Francisco
SF 0.00-3.16
  Great Highway – Beach
1.83 Sloat Boulevard
2.12 Sunset Boulevard Interchange
3.16 SR 1 (19th Avenue) – San Mateo, Golden Gate Park
3.16 Sloat Boulevard – San Francisco Civic Center Continuation beyond SR 1
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 92 rather than SR 35.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along I-280 rather than SR 35.

References[edit]

  1. ^ This route is broken into pieces, and the length does not reflect the overlaps that would be required to make the route continuous.
  2. ^ a b c Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS file). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  4. ^ CA Codes (shc:260-284)
  5. ^ "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways". California Department of Transportation. December 7, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ National Atlas of the United States, Hydrologic Units (Watersheds) GIS data
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  9. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, State Route 35 Freeway Interchanges, Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  10. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, I-280 Northbound and I-280 Southbound, Retrieved on 2009-02-05.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing