Ratings and reviews of the best driving roads in the San Francisco Bay Area
Start: Skyline Blvd., Berkeley, Ca
Finish: Wildcat Canyon Rd., Berkeley, Ca
Distance: 5.3 miles
Estimated Travel Time: 11 minutes
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This was the second trip on my exploration of Bay Area driving roads in my new Cayman R.
First off, this drive is absolutely beautiful. The views of San Francisco and the bay are simply stunning, even on a foggy day. In fact, it’s so beautiful that it’s dangerous, because it distracts you from keepiing your eyes on the road.
It’s easily accessible, right off 24. It’s not far from my work, which gave me an excuse to play hooky this morning and go for a spin.
While it’s a great drive for the scenery, there were some issues which detracted from it’s enjoyment value. For one, the road isn’t particularly well-maintained. There are no guardrails, so one slip and you’re off the cliff (some may see that as an advantage). It’s not exactly a busy road, but there are plenty of other vehicles, including bicycles, and also houses and trailheads on the sides of the roads. It is, after all, in a major regional park, but those factors make it hard to really let loose. Towards the end of the trip at Shasta Rd, a cop was parked off a side road staring right at me in a 25 mph. Not that I would even THINK of speeding, mind you. Nevertheless, that sent my adrenaline rushing with fear. For a minute, I thought he’d give me a ticket just for being there! I don’t think I’ll bring the Porsche back to this road.
Now, it’s time to contemplate my next drive…
Wildcat Canyon Rd.