State Route 68 is a highway that runs from Pacific Grove to Salinas in Monterey County. The Monterey Salinas Highway is about 20 miles long and showcases a host of wonderful communities situated in the Peninsula’s Sunbelt region.
The stretch of the Monterey-Salinas Highway is home to over 16,000 residents. Monterey Salinas Highway home owners enjoy the area’s convenient location, rural beauty, and unbeatable weather. Toro Park Estates and Las Palmas sprawl along the region closer to Salinas, these communities are surrounded by protected parkland and rolling vistas.
Corral De Tierra stretches south along the highway and up into the hills for a truly rustic and isolated setting. Other neighborhoods adjacent to Highway 68 include the upscale Pasadera Country Club with golf course villas and a wide range of luxury homes; the prestigious neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Halcyon Heights; beautiful planned unit developments at the Meadows; Monterra, an area of large home sites for custom luxury home building; and Markham Ranch, with properties ranging from quaint to spectacular custom estates.
Highway 68 is part of the DeAnza Trail, a route that linked all of California’s mission settlements during the Spanish colonial period. With the advent of the automobile, Highway 68 was upgraded from a dirt wagon road to a 2-lane paved road in 1937. During the 1950s and 1960s, Caltrans had planned to upgrade Highway 68 to a freeway between Salinas and Highway 1 in Monterey, that was to start at US 101 south of the city and proceed west between Salinas and Spreckels, serving as a bypass for Salinas. The freeway was to then follow the existing Highway 68 alignment into Monterey.
The freeway plan died as a result of environmental concerns along the route. The only portions of this freeway that were actually built were a 1-mile section approaching the Highway 1 interchange in Monterey, and a 3-mile segment starting in Spreckels and heading west, bypassing the unincorporated village of Toro Park.