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As someone who aspires to drive all the fun roads around my area (paved or not!), I've compiled a list of various roads.

First, the paved ones.

San Francisco Bay Area driving roads

East Bay 1-lane mountain road

Alameda County Road 2063

Patterson Pass Road
Patterson Pass Rd
Patterson Pass Rd.,-121.6596829/37.714871,-121.561711/@37.6987436,-121.6056134,14z/data=!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0

1-lane road portion is around 6.6 miles long. AVOID WESTBOUND direction during rush-hour traffic times, it is borderline suicidal to attempt the westbound direction with the quantity and speed of traffic during rush hours.

Kings Mountain Road
Kings Mtn Rd
Kings Mountain Rd

Woodside, CA

"Fun zone" free of significant driveways and traffic is about 4.1 miles long, essentially a western extension of Tunitas Creek Road.,-122.2802602/37.4249626,-122.3137931/@37.4309768,-122.2978086,16z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-122.2963617!2d37.4327953!3s0x808fa1316bada257:0x2d25b7a7e92df208!1m0!3e0

Old La Honda Road
Old La Honda Rd
Old La Honda Rd.

Woodside, CA

from Portola Road to CA SR-35 [Skyline Blvd] is 3.4 miles,-122.2465196/37.3719227,-122.2525742/@37.3840401,-122.2546757,15z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-122.2481535!2d37.383599!3s0x808fa5e9fbcd0aa9:0xf639a9278928db38!1m0!3e0

from Portola Road to CA SR-84 [La Honda Road] is 6.0 miles,-122.2465196/37.3571924,-122.2660239/@37.3739839,-122.2520012,14z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-122.2481535!2d37.383599!3s0x808fa5e9fbcd0aa9:0xf639a9278928db38!1m0!3e0

WARNING: Genuinely 1-lane wide, avoid entering during daylight hours, expect many cyclists during daytime hours. High quantity of residential driveways may make for any daytime driving extremely inconvenient for all parties involved.

Gist Road
Gist Rd
Gist Rd.

Los Gatos, CA

The whole road is the fun zone, it lasts a short 1.3 miles in length.,-122.0249414/37.1911351,-122.0323973/@37.1923549,-122.0279242,17z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-122.0271463!2d37.1922444!3s0x808e498fedfcefff:0x70414543a6b069d!1m0!3e0

WARNING: Genuinely 1-lane wide, avoid entering during daylight hours.

Morgan Territory Road
Morgan Territory Rd.
Morgan Territory Rd

Clayton, CA/Livermore, CA,-121.7791007/37.9057498,-121.8742293/@37.8319108,-121.7665316,12z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-121.8280504!2d37.8424521!3s0x808ff08c03cf79cd:0x5e4d09bf43fd55af!1m0!3e0?hl=en

WARNING: 1-lane sections

Alma Bridge Road
Alma Bridge Rd
Alma Bridge Rd.

Los Gatos, CA

Easygoing route, estimated length at 4.6 miles. Appears to be a great spot to teach someone to drive, though with all the hiking trails around it, low traffic times will be best (such as nighttime),-121.992805/37.1681254,-121.9802441/@37.1862978,-121.9790725,14z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-121.98603!2d37.1862029!3s0x808e3624bc81acf3:0xb7968bf23998ccb4!1m0!3e0
As an easygoing route, there is also a loop one can take to teach oneself to drive better on the mountain roads linked here:,-121.9927887/37.1910359,-121.9927159/@37.1849828,-121.9869963,14z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-121.9861388!2d37.1903261!3s0x808e3624bc81acf3:0xb7968bf23998ccb4!1m0!3e0

Calaveras Road
Calaveras Rd.
Calaveras Rd

Sunol, CA/Milpitas, CA

One of the most fun-to-drive mountain passes around, but very heavy with traffic during the day.,-121.8726773/37.5357884,-121.8530247/@37.4861942,-121.8406281,13z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-121.8439845!2d37.5172934!3s0x808fc51128734671:0xcd1010f4a1a57cc6!1m0!3e0?hl=en

WARNING: Large majority is 1-lane, guard rails can reflect headlights excessively, AVOID SOUTHBOUND direction during rush-hour traffic times, it is borderline suicidal to attempt the westbound direction with the quantity and speed of traffic during rush hours.

Mount Hamilton Road/San Antonio Valley Road/Mines Road

San Jose, CA/Mount Hamilton, CA/Arroyo Mocho, CA/Livermore, CA,-121.8159811/37.6650437,-121.7328625/@37.5020615,-121.6213057,11z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-121.4843122!2d37.3736028!3s0x8091d22e6a2f6b2b:0xdd5ab26bb344ba97!1m0!3e0

This route is a northbound/southbound route between San Jose and Livermore. Follow California State Route 130 signs until the T-junction, then continue straight on T-junction to follow Mines Road to go north towards Livermore. A very long mountain road, one of the few roads I can honestly call an EPIC DRIVE of San Jose. Avoid during weekends, and like most mountain roads, avoid daytime use.

WARNING: Parts of Mount Hamilton Road are extremely narrow for what is marked as a 2-lane road, consider the drive between San Jose and Lick Obvservatory a 1-lane road.

Del Puerto Canyon Road

Livermore, CA/Patterson, CA,-121.4903244/37.4626762,-121.183609/@37.4297255,-121.2693544,12z/data=!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0

Combined with Mount Hamilton Road and San Antonio Valley Road, Del Puerto Canyon Road is the eastbound/westbound version of the EPIC DRIVE of San Jose. Del Puerto Canyon Road is essentially the unofficial eastern half of California State Route 130.

WARNING: The area near the OHV park may be traffic heavy with off-road vehicles.

Page Mill Road/Alpine Road/Pescadero Creek Road

Los Altos Hills, CA/Los ALtos, CA/Palo Alto, CA/Los Gatos, CA/Portola Valley, CA/La Honda, CA/Loma Mar, CA/Pescadero, CA,-122.1640561/37.259695,-122.4130915/@37.3351896,-122.238501,12z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m10!3m4!1m2!1d-122.2007881!2d37.3035955!3s0x808fae753e354759:0xb00f04915319dc7d!3m4!1m2!1d-122.2998721!2d37.275431!3s0x808fa97db5c1f7bf:0x544b1045fd287fd5!1m0!3e0

This eastbound/westbound route connects Interstate 280 to the oceanside at California State Route 1. Works as a great low-traffic scenic alternative to California State Route 92 or California State Route 84 towards or from the Pacific coastline.

WARNING: Some corners on Page Mill Road and especially Alpine Road are positive camber corners, drive with caution on these corners. DO NOT CONFUSE the Alpine Road exit around Interstate 280 as being the entrance, this is actually a part of the "Old Alpine Road" which was heavily damaged during a landslide and is now a hiking and mountain biking trail, take the Page Mill Road exit from the eastern end of this road.

Soda Springs Road
Soda Springs Rd
Soda Springs Rd.

Los Gatos, CA

current estimated length is 5.1 miles, dead-end road, 1-lane width,-121.9809494/37.1731161,-121.9360222/@37.1804411,-121.9604877,15z/data=!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0

Tunitas Creek Road
Tunitas Creek Rd
Tunitas Creek Rd.

Half Moon Bay, CA

1-lane wide, reasonably-good visibility for a 1-lane road, from CA SR-1 [Cabrillo Highway] to CA SR-35 [Skyline Blvd] length is 9.4 miles, is essentially eastern extension of Kings Mountain Road.,-122.3975342/37.4249756,-122.3138497/@37.3929838,-122.3418819,13z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-122.3630533!2d37.3994988!3s0x808f09e5248c37c3:0x88df06402f1f6266!1m0!3e0
Then, the unpaved roads:
SF Bay Area dirt roads (unpaved roads, unimproved roads, gravel roads)

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Buzzard Lagoon Road/Aptos Creek Road
The Forest of Nisene Marks SP,-121.8347547/37.0766127,-121.8642148/@37.0678706,-121.8460668,15z/data=!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e0
Buzzard Lagoon Road (full route, not fully viewable on Google Maps but viewable on Bing Maps)

Mount Madonna
Madonna Road,-121.7161279/37.013842,-121.7180468/@37.0155639,-121.7200424,15z/data=!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0

Northwest of Pinnacles National Park
Gloria Road/La Gloria Road
Backroad Navigator » La Gloria Road,-121.3408352/36.5663317,-121.1829911/@36.5453413,-121.2550042,13z/data=!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0

New Idria historic mine
New Idria Road
New Idria Quicksilver Mines
3 Day Pashnit Adventure Ride to the Coastal Mountains and beyond

Clear Creek Management Area (Bureau of Land Management)
New Idria Road, Clear Creek Road
Clear Creek Management Area - Hollister Field Office, Bureau of Land Management California,-120.8286008/36.3583554,-120.7870893/@36.4609423,-120.7857195,12z/data=!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0

Los Padres National Forest
Cachagua Road, Tassajara Road
Los Padres National Forest - Home,-121.5807909/36.2316523,-121.5516074/@36.3070738,-121.6205345,12z/data=!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e0

Tumey Hills, Panoche Hills (Bureau of Land Management)
Panoche Road
Tumey Hills, Hollister Field Office, Bureau of Land Management California
Panoche Hills, Hollister Field Office, Bureau of Land Management California,-120.7811973/36.6315185,-120.6405639/@36.6830371,-120.8237532,12z/data=!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0

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Discussion Starter #3
any chance i can make it up here with a regular impreza? - through the non-paved ones that is.
The one's I've driven on are Nisene Marks, Madonna Road, and Panoche Road.

For a low, regular ride height passenger car such as the Subaru Impreza, I am sure can handle Madonna Road.

Panoche Road, seasonally, due to the water crossings, may be unsuitable for low, regular ride height passenger cars.

I would NOT recommend driving on Nisene Marks with a low, regular ride height passenger car as there are sections that require care to prevent underbody scraping.
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