Physical address: 1000 Hubbard Gulch Road, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Important Note: If you use a computer mapping program or a GPS device it may give you a route that takes you over small mountain roads such as Bear Creek Road, Bonny Doon Road, and Highway 35; they are scenic but slow moving and confusing, especially at night.
Here at the Quaker Center we have hiking trails and a labyrinth open for you to visit. We ask that you sign in at the office before you go for a walk and be prepared for steep, forest terrain by wearing sturdy shoes with treads and seasonally appropriate layers of clothing. If you are visiting for the day, please do not enter the lodges or retreat cabins because they may be in use by programs and private rental groups. All pets must be kept on a leash and must be under your control during your entire visit.
From San Jose or the Bay Area: Take Highway 101, I-280 and Highway 85, or I-880 south to Highway 17 toward Santa Cruz. Go over the summit and down the mountain to the second Scotts Valley exit (Mt. Hermon Rd., Felton, Big Basin). Go right at end of ramp onto Mount Hermon Road.*
From Points South: Take Highway 101 North to Salinas, then Highway 183 to Highway 1 North to Highway 17 at Santa Cruz. Take Highway 17 North to the first Scotts Valley exit (Mt. Hermon Rd., Felton, Big Basin). Follow exit which crosses over Highway 17 and becomes Mt. Hermon Rd.*
*From Scotts Valley, CA (Mt. Hermon Rd.): Take Mt. Hermon Rd. west through Scotts Valley, and continue about 4 miles where it ends in Felton at a “T” intersection with a traffic light. Turn right on Graham Hill Rd. and go a short distance to the “other traffic light” in Felton. Turn right again and go north on Highway 9 for 3 miles to Ben Lomond.**
**From Ben Lomond, CA: Take Highway 9 North from the signal light at Mill Street (you will see Ben Lomond Market on this corner). Continue for about one quarter mile, when you see the Quality Inn on the left, go about 150 yards farther and move into the center turning lane as soon as it starts. Turn left onto Hubbard Gulch Rd. where there is a sign for Quaker Center. If you reach Alba Rd. or the Orthodox Church of Sts Peter and Paul, you have gone too far. There are signs for Quaker Center all the way up Hubbard Gulch Rd. One mile up, look for specific signs for your group.
SHUTTLES that serve Ben Lomond from SJC or SFO:
- A Best Shuttle Service 1-408-757-5499, as of 8/12/15 the rates (not including tip) were $65 from SJC or $85 from SFO, additional people will be charged $2 per person.
- Bluewater Sedans and Limos 800-734-4313, as if 8/12/15 their rates are per vehicle, varying according to the size of your group and not including gratuity.
- Coastal Express Transportation 831-818-5295, as of 8/12/15 the rates were (not including tip) $100 from SJC, and $150 from SFO, for up to 3 people.
- Early Bird Airport Shuttle 831-462-3933, as of 8/12/15 the rates were (not including tip) $100 from SJC, and $135 from SFO, for up to 3 people.
(If you find that any of these rates have changed or the businesses no longer serve Ben Lomond, please kindly let us know so we can update this information).
Amtrak: Take the Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin, or the Coast Starlight train to the San Jose Diridon Station (see below).
*From the San Jose Diridon Station: Take the 17 Express bus for $7 to the Cavallaro Transit Station in Scotts Valley. Take an outbound 35 or 35A bus for $2 to Ben Lomond (see below**).
From the San Francisco Airport: A free shuttle will take you to Caltrain. Take Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon Station (see above*).
From the San Jose Airport: The #10 bus will take you to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. Take Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon Station (see above*). More information on getting to San Jose Airport by public transportation is available here: www.scmtd.com/en/riders-guide/getting-to-sjc-airport
Greyhound Bus: This is another option for travelers. Buses go to Santa Cruz daily. From Santa Cruz Metro Station you can take a 35 or 35A bus to Ben Lomond (see below).
From Santa Cruz: Take the 35 or 35A bus to Ben Lomond (see below**). Note that this bus no longer runs on holidays.
**In Ben Lomond: Get off at Highway 9 and Main Street, in front of Ace Hardware and walk (about 1.5 miles) north on Highway 9 and go up Hubbard Gulch Road following the signs to Quaker Center. If you are going to join a group that is renting one of Quaker Center’s facilities, please contact your group’s leader in advance to see about arranging for a ride to get here from the transit stop, or plan to walk north on Highway 9 and then go left to the top of Hubbard Gulch Road (about 1 mile).
Please respect your specified arrival time. Early arrivals and unscheduled visitors can impact another group’s program or an individual’s private retreat.
Click here for a local map. The only route to Quaker Center is on Hubbard Gulch Road from CA 9. Quaker Center is inaccessible from the west.
The best bus schedule website to and from Ben Lomond is cruz511.org. Go to the website and click on Transit. Scroll down to Riding the Bus and click on it. Then type Ben Lomond, CA and SJC or another destination into the Bus Trip Planner and click Plan My Bus Trip. You can alter the time and date, click on Details, and print a detailed bus route schedule.