|Zayante Station at the top of the grade, c. 1920s. Note the|
railroad crossing sign behind the station house marking
the top of the fire road that leads down to E. Zayante Rd.
(Courtesy Stephen M. Hayes)
Unfortunately, there are no extant images of Zayante Station and the site was neglected in Rick Hamman's California Central Coast Railways, which marks the location of Zayante on its route map with a pip, but accidentally skips naming the site. Some timetables mention it, including a table in 1889 that closely matches the information in the station book. Another timetable, this time in 1932, notes its new location in relation to San Francisco as being 64 miles south of the city. It was also noted on the 1938 and 1939 tables, suggesting that it has not entirely gone out of use when the line was closed in 1940.
Today, the site is not difficult to access. A fire road located on the 18000 block of East Zayante Road just before crossing a bridge marks the ascent to the right-of-way. A hike up two switchbacks along a rutted dirt road will get you to the site of the tracks and the station. To the left of the road, the clearing where the station house was remains. The right-of-way is plenty wide to support two tracks, though more, as in narrow gauge times, seems wildly unrealistic since there is a hillside on the opposite side of the tracks. The right-of-way has long since been converted to a Santa Cruz Water District fire road, but it is still accessible as a hiking trail.