Site & Directions

Our Site
SJOE is found in the Santa Cruz Mountains along the coast of California.  Our outdoor education program operates out of YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, a 926 acre property featuring old and secondary growth Coast Redwoods, Douglas Firs, deciduous trees, chaparral, grassy meadows, creeks, a pond, and more.

YMCA Camp Jones Gulch is located in La Honda, about 12 miles inland from Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean. About 160 students and 20 cabin leaders attend the SJOE program at Jones Gulch each week. To learn more about the program site,  you can visit the YMCA webpage for Camp Jones Gulch (note: this link will take you off the SJOE website).


Camp Jones Gulch

11000 Pescadero Road

La Honda, CA 94020

Phone: (650)747-0139

Fax: (650)747-9876

Driving Directions To YMCA Jones Gulch (Science Camp)
When entering direction to camp via GPS, type in YMCA Camp Jones Gulch instead of the address above for more accurate location. 
Note: You will lose cell phone and GPS services on your way to camp.  Please do not count on these technologies. We recommend that you follow these directions below.

From Stockton:
1) From I-5 S, merge onto I-205 W via the I-580/I-205 exit 458B to San Francisco.
2) Merge onto I-580 W.
3) Go slightly left at I-238 N toward I-880.
4) Exit onto I-880 S toward San Jose/San Mateo Bridge.
5) Exit at Jackson St./CA-92 W toward the San Mateo Bridge and follow the signs to stay on CA-92 W.
6) In Half Moon Bay, turn left on Highway 1 S/Cabrillo Highway.

7) After about 15 miles, there will be a blinking yellow light
(A) and a street lamp at the intersection with Pescadero Rd.  Turn left there. NOTE: This is where you will lose cell phone service.

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8) Go through the towns of Pescadero and Loma Mar and pass Memorial Park, Redwood Glen, and YMCA Camp Loma Mar. After about 14 miles on Pescadero Rd, there will be a sign for YMCA Camp Jones Gulch on your left  (1/Green)  and a paved road  on your right. Turn right on to Jones Gulch Road . (Do not turn into YMCA Camp Loma Mar. Their sign is on the right hand side.)

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9) Follow the driveway and continue through camp.
10) Pass the YMCA Camp Jones Gulch Office on your left
(2/Blue), and head towards the wooden Kiosk/hut (it should have it's lights on)  (3/brown).

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11) Pass the kiosk/hut over the speed bump and stop sign 
(4/red) . Make a right onto Ohlone Way. (If you reach the Baseball field, you've missed the turn on to Ohlone way)
12) Follow the road and continue down the hill. You will reach a T-intersection at the top of the hill, make a left 
13) You will pass a couple of white vans, and white luggage trucks, and the SJOE Office will be the building on the left  (6/purple)

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From Modesto: 

1) From CA-99 N, exit to CA-120 W toward Manteca/San Francisco. 

2) Exit onto I-5 S toward San Francisco/Los Angeles. 

3) Follow directions given above from Stockton.