Directions to MMC By Car

Approximately 2 hours driving time south of San Francisco, in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast, Mount Madonna Center overlooks Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey and Pacific Grove. We do not recommend relying on GPS or online maps because they may route you on some roads which are undeveloped and sometimes impassable. Always use hwy 152 to get up the mountain. The directions below are the safest routes.

From Points North (San Francisco, San Jose) on Highway 101:


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  • Take Highway 101 south. From San Jose city limit it's around 14 miles. From downtown San Francisco it's about 73 miles.
  • Take exit 357 for Leavesley Rd/CA-152 W toward Gilroy.
  • Turn right onto CA-152 W/Leavesley Rd. Go 0.5 miles.
  • Turn left onto Monterey Rd. Go 0.4 miles.
  • Turn right onto 1st St. Go 1.5 miles.
  • Continue onto CA-152 W/Hecker Pass Rd. Go 7.9 miles.
  • At the top of the mountain, just past the 15 mph curve, turn right into Mount Madonna County Park (Pole Line Road).
  • Follow the yellow line through the park (2.2 miles). Do not pay the park entrance fee.
  • When you come to the stop sign at the end of the park, continue straight ahead on Summit Road for 1.6 miles. (Pole Line Road becomes Summit Road).
  • The Center is on the left at 445 Summit Road.

From Points South (San Luis Obispo, Salinas) on Highway 101:

  • Take Highway 101 north from Salinas. From Salinas city limits it's around 24 miles.
  • At Gilroy take the Leavesley exit (exit 357), turn left onto Leavesley and follow Highway 152 west as it zigs and zags through Gilroy: Turn left on Monterey street, right on first street straight out of town and up Hecker Pass Road/152. Just follow the signs for highway 152.
  • Continue up the mountain approximately 10 miles.
  • At the top of the mountain, just past the 15 mph curve, turn right into Mount Madonna County Park (Pole Line Road).
  • Follow the yellow line through the park (2.2 miles). Do not pay the park entrance fee.
  • When you come to the stop sign at the end of the park, continue straight ahead on Summit Road for 1.6 miles. (Pole Line Road becomes Summit Road).
  • The Center is on the left at 445 Summit Road.

From Points North (San Francisco, Santa Cruz) on Highway 1:


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  • Take Highway 1 south from Santa Cruz, to the Airport Boulevard exit (exit 427) in Watsonville. From downtown Santa Cruz it's about 15 miles.
  • Turn left (cross the freeway) at the top of the off-ramp.
  • Go approximately 3.6 miles on Airport Boulevard (which will change its name to Holohan Road when it crosses Green Valley), and continue until you reach Highway 152. Turn left (East) onto Highway 152. Go 6.3 miles.
  • Just past the Mount Madonna Inn, at the top of the mountain, turn left into Mount Madonna County Park (Pole Line Road).
  • Follow the yellow line through the park (2.2 miles). Do not pay the park entrance fee.
  • When you come to the stop sign at the end of the park, continue straight ahead on Summit Road for 1.6 miles. (Pole Line Road becomes Summit Road).
  • The Center is on the left at 445 Summit Road.

From Points South (Big Sur, Monterey) on Highway 1:

  • Take Highway 1 north from Monterey, to the Green Valley exit (exit 426) in Watsonville and turn right on Green Valley. From Monterey it's about 25 miles.
  • Take Green Valley east to the intersection with Airport Boulevard (to the left) and Holohan Road (to the right). Go 2 miles.
  • Turn right onto Holohan Road and continue until you reach Highway 152. Go 1.5 miles.
  • Turn left (East) onto Highway 152. Go 6.3 miles.
  • Just past the Mount Madonna Inn, at the top of the mountain, turn left into Mount Madonna County Park (Pole Line Road).
  • Follow the yellow line through the park (2.2 miles). Do not pay the park entrance fee.
  • When you come to the stop sign at the end of the park, continue straight ahead on Summit Road for 1.6 miles. (Pole Line Road becomes Summit Road).
  • The Center is on the left at 445 Summit Road.

 

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