South Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) Tour

The view from Skyline Ridge.
The view from Skyline Ridge.

South Skyline Boulevard: A winding road with a rich past!

A drive along south Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) will take the explorer through redwood forests, beside rolling hills, and always toward breathtaking views. This scenic driving tour has eight stops that will delight view seekers and history lovers. We worked closely with Janet Schwind of the Skyline Historical Society to create this tour. We highlight a few stops below but all eight can be read by downloading the mobile app, Mobile Ranger Guides, or blog-style, at the bottom of the page.

A screen shot of the stops and the interactive map feature in the self-guided mobile tour.
A screen shot of the stops and the interactive map feature in the self-guided mobile tour.

Visit Alice’s Restaurant, a song worthy hideaway with a “no go” bench.

Alice’s Restaurant at Skylonda is a gathering place for tourists and locals alike, 2015.
Alice’s Restaurant at Skylonda is a gathering place for tourists and locals alike, 2015.

Meet Andrew Hallidie, visionary turned father of the San Francisco cable car system.

Andrew Hallidie, “the father of the San Francisco cable car.” Photo courtesy of Portola Valley archives.
Andrew Hallidie. Photo courtesy of Portola Valley archives.

Skyline Boulevard was not left out of California’s counter culture past. Originally home to the alternative Pacific High School, the same property is now home to the Jikoji Zen Center.

The entrance to Jikoji Zen Center on Skyline Boulevard, 2013. Photo © Janet Schwind.
Teachers and students erect the Egg Dome at Pacific High School, circa 1969. Photo by and courtesy of Nanette Biers

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Go to Mobile Ranger Guides in the Apple App Store
Go to Mobile Ranger Guides in the Google Play Store

Can’t get to South Skyline Boulevard? No Problem. Read some of the stories below: blog-style!

Much of the information in this tour comes from a book called The South Skyline Story by Janet Schwind and the Skyline Historical Society, 2014. It is a well written, fun and informative read from the Native Americans, through the early loggers and ranchers, commune dwellers, wine makers, conservationists and homebuilders. You can get a copy at Alice’s Restaurant in Skylonda (the junction of Highways 35 and 84) or by contacting Skyline History President Chuck Schoppe, email: chuck_sch@hotmail.com or phone: 408-867-9229.

About The Author

Ranger Salazar

Lauren McEvoy is a naturalist and Santa Cruz native with a passion for teaching through writing. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015. Lauren worked for Mobile Ranger as an intern and created a self-guided natural history tour of the UCSC campus. After graduation she has come back to Mobile Ranger to write and help things run smoothly.

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