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Hills R Us | Social Climbers

Ride summary, route sheets (please print a copy for yourself if you need one), elevation profiles and related information for the weekly Wednesday Hills R Us & Social Climbers rides starting and ending at Shoup Park in Los Altos.

April–October (the months that are completely Daylight Saving Time) Hills R Us meets at 9 am and rolls promptly at 9:15. November–March (the months that are either Standard Time or only partially DST) we meet at 10 am to roll out at 10:15. The D Social Climbers meet and roll out 15 minutes earlier, to do the same ride at a more “social” pace.

Hills R Us is rated DE/3-4/35-70, Social Climbers is rated D/3-4/35-70.

Sortable collection of Hills R Us routes, by Steve Chapel.

Ride leaders usually pick the route 1–2 days in advance, so please check on Monday and/or Tuesday before the ride for the route announcement. If you'd prefer to receive automatic notifications of updates to this blog (which does NOT include comments added to blog entries), click on the "RSS" icon next to the title of this page. What you need to do after that varies widely depending on your computer and its configuration. It may all be taken care of auto-magically, or you may have to do a bit of work. Just remember that the frequency of updates is pretty low—weekly, sometime from Sunday to Tuesday before the ride, so you could almost as conveniently just visit this blog.

As of June 1, 2016, please do not park in the Shoup parking lot. Park up the hill from Shoup at Lincoln Ave and University Ave to leave space for those—especially parents with children—who use the Park while we are out riding.

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  • Wed, October 17, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The days are getting shorter so let's get at least one more ride to Pescadero before the weather turns. Rain cancels.

    65 miles, 6500 ft. Lunch at Archangeli's Bakery.

    Route on Ride with GPS

    Notes Miles
    Shoup Park 0.0
    L University Ave 0.1
    L Burke Rd 0.2
    R Old Altos Rd 0.3
    R Fremont Rd 0.4
    L Concepcion Rd 1.5
    R Purissima Rd 2.3
    L Arastradero Rd 3.7
    L Page Mill Rd 4.4
    R Arastradero Rd 4.6
    L Alpine Rd 6.6
    R Portola Rd 7.8
    L Old La Honda Rd 10.7
    L CA-35 14.1
    R Old La Honda Rd 14.1
    L CA-84 W 16.7
    L Stage Rd 28.1
    L Pescadero Creek Rd 35.4
    R Alpine Rd 47.2
    Cont. Page Mill Rd 54.7
    R Altamont Rd 61.1
    L Taaffe Rd 62.2
    R Elena Rd 63.1
    L Robleda Rd 63.3
    R Chapin Rd 64.1
    L Burke Rd 64.3
    R University Ave 64.8
    Turn right 64.9
    Shoup Park 65.0
  • Mon, October 08, 2018 1:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Kennedy Shannon With Extra Maze

    The route contains a short bike-path connector to Deodar Ln. Mt. Eden, Pierce, Peach Hill, Shannon / Kennedy and extra maze on way home between Los Gatos and Saratoga.. Rain cancels.

    Distance: 48 miles. Elevation: 3500 ft per Ride With GPS
    Lunch: Los Gatos Town Plaza Park
    Ride Leader: Doug Hahn subbing for Steve Chapel

    Link to route at Ride With GPS

    Turns Miles
    Start Shoup Park 0
    R University Ave 0.07
    L S El Monte Ave 0.6
    R Foothill Expy 0.72
    Cont. N Foothill Blvd 4.42
    Cont. Stevens Canyon Rd 5.62
    Cont. Mt Eden Rd 8.78
    R Damon Ln 10.91
    L Teerlink Way 10.94
    R Pierce Rd 11.24
    L Big Basin Way 12.1
    R 6th St 13.48
    L St Charles St 13.54
    Sharp right onto Oak St 13.66
    L Lomita Ave 13.7
    L Vickery Ave 13.91
    R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 14.31
    R Montalvo Rd 14.33
    L Piedmont Rd 14.98
    R Peach Hill Rd 15.53
    L Glen Una Dr 16.36
    R to stay on Glen Una Dr 16.63
    R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 17.14
    R Austin Way 17.54
    R Lancaster Rd 17.75
    L Matilija Dr 18.02
    L Ojai Dr 18.38
    L Greenwood Ln 18.48
    R Greenwood Rd 18.98
    L Withey Rd 19.31
    R Beck Ave 19.86
    R Hernandez Ave 19.88
    R Glen Ridge Ave 20.48
    L Pennsylvania Ave 20.59
    R Bayview Ave 20.68
    L W Main St 20.71
    Cont. Los Gatos Blvd 21.43
    R Kennedy Rd 22.01
    L to stay on Kennedy Rd 24.11
    L Shannon Rd 25.32
    L Englewood Ave 27.79
    R Kennedy Rd 28.2
    Cont. Caldwell Ave 28.42
    L Bella Vista Ave 28.59
    Cont. New York Ave 28.99
    L Pleasant St 29.08
    R E Main St 29.22
    R University Ave 29.7
    L Bachman Ave 30.04
    R N Santa Cruz Ave 30.13
    Cont. Winchester Blvd 30.87
    L Daves Ave 31.07
    R Vía Caballero 31.9
    Cont. Twin Creeks Rd 32.07
    L Quito Rd 32.65
    R Sobey Rd 32.69
    L Chester Ave 33.57
    R to stay on Chester Ave 33.6
    L Allendale Ave 34.93
    R to stay on Allendale Ave 35.32
    R to stay on Allendale Ave 35.53
    R Fruitvale Ave 35.73
    R Saratoga Ave 36.03
    L Scotland Dr 36.1
    R Cumberland Dr 36.63
    L Cox Ave 37.17
    Cont. Wardell Rd 37.75
    R Arroyo De Arguello 38.08
    Cont. Vía Roncole 38.56
    L Prospect Rd 38.85
    Cont. S Stelling Rd 39.12
    L Rainbow Dr 39.61
    R Bubb Rd 40.11
    L Hyannisport Dr 40.87
    R Linda Vista Dr 41.34
    Turn left to stay on Linda Vista Dr 41.39
    L McClellan Rd 41.53
    McClellan  becomes Mira Vista Ave 41.88
    L Palm Ave 42.04
    R Mira Vista Rd 42.04
    L Janice Ave 42.29
    L Stevens Creek Blvd 42.48
    R N Foothill Blvd 42.58
    Cont. Foothill Expy 43.24
    L Main St 47.58
    Turn right 47.84
    End Shoup Park 47.89


  • Tue, October 02, 2018 10:32 AM | Anonymous member

    The weather forecast is changing in our favor so lets do the Coastal Classic. Significantly wet roads will change the route to Kenndey/Shannon

    Distance 56 mi Climb 5200 ft

    Lunch:  Bring Lunch to eat at the Bike Hut

    RidewithGPS Link: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9610455

    Turn left onto University Ave 0.1 mi
    Turn left onto Burke Rd 0.2 mi
    Turn right onto Old Altos Rd 0.3 mi
    Turn right onto Fremont Rd 0.4 mi
    Turn left onto Concepcion Rd 1.5 mi
    Turn right onto Purissima Rd 2.4 mi
    Turn left to stay on Purissima Rd 2.6 mi
    Turn left onto Arastradero Rd 3.7 mi
    Turn left onto Page Mill Rd 4.4 mi
    Turn right onto Arastradero Rd 4.7 mi
    Turn left onto Alpine Rd 6.7 mi
    Turn right onto Portola Rd 7.8 mi
    Turn left onto Old La Honda Rd 10.7 mi
    Turn left onto CA-35/Skyline Blvd 14.1 mi
    Turn right onto Old La Honda Rd 14.1 mi
    Slight left onto CA-84 W 16.7 mi
    Turn right onto Stage Rd 28.1 mi
    Turn right onto CA-1 N 29.3 mi
    Turn right onto Tunitas Creek Rd 30.8 mi
    Turn right to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 32.8 mi
    Turn left to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 38.9 mi
    At Tunitas Creek and Skyline Blvd, continue onto Kings Mountain Rd 40.2 mi
    Turn left onto Woodside Rd 45.2 mi
    Turn right onto Whiskey Hill Rd 46.2 mi
    Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd 47.5 mi
    Slight left to stay on Sand Hill Rd 48.7 mi
    Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave 50.5 mi
    Turn left onto G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 50.6 mi
    Continue onto Foothill Expy 53.0 mi
    Turn right onto Main St 56.0 mi
    Turn left onto University Ave 56.1 mi
    Turn right 56.2 mi


  • Wed, September 26, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HRU this week is Big Basin + China Grade.  Redwood  Gulch is a popular shortcut option on this ride.

    Ride with GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1504447
    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance: 68 miles
    Elevation: 7,800 ft
    Lunch: Big Basin Park HQ, very small store so bring food

    Route:
    Big Basin + China Grade
    Depart University Ave
    L El Monte Ave
    R Foothill Expy
    S Stevens Canyon
    R Stevens Canyon
    REGROUP restrooms on Mt. Eden fork
    L Stevens Canyon
    R Mt. Eden
    R Pierce
    R Hwy 9 (Big Basin Hwy)
    REGROUP Saratoga Gap @ Skyline
    - Water at CDF fire station if needed
    S Hwy 9
    REGROUP Hwy 9 @ Hwy 236
    S Hwy 236
    REGROUP Big Basin Park HQ (Lunch)
    S Hwy 236
    L China Grade
    R Hwy 236
    REGROUP Hwy 236 @ Hwy 9 STOP sign
    S Hwy 9
    L Skyline
    REGROUP CDF fire station
    R Page Mill Rd
    R Altamont Rd
    L Taaffe Rd
    R Elena Rd
    L Robleda Rd
    S Chapin Rd
    L Burke Rd
    R University Ave
    A Shoup Park


  • Wed, September 19, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Trying to avoid the road work. A trip to the bike hut should be nice.


    Old La Honda, West OLH, Hwy 84, Stage Road, Tunitas, Kings, Whisky Hill, Sand Hill, Footill to Shoup.
    
    Lunch at Bike Hut. 56 miles, 5200 ft. Rain cancels.
    
    Link to route on Ride With GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9610455
    
    Notes   Distance
    Start of route  0.0
    L University Ave        0.1
    L Burke Rd      0.2
    R Old Altos Rd  0.3
    R Fremont Rd    0.4
    L Concepcion Rd 1.5
    R Purissima Rd  2.4
    L Arastradero Rd        3.7
    L Page Mill Rd  4.4
    R Arastradero Rd        4.7
    L Alpine Rd     6.7
    R Portola Rd    7.8
    L Old La Honda Rd       10.7
    L CA-35/Skyline Blvd    14.1
    R Old La Honda Rd       14.1
    Slight left onto CA-84 W        16.7
    R Stage Rd      28.1
    R CA-1 N        29.3
    R Tunitas Creek Rd      30.8
    Cont. Kings Mountain Rd 40.2
    L Woodside Rd   45.2
    R Whiskey Hill Rd       46.2
    L Sand Hill Rd  47.6
    R Santa Cruz Ave        50.5
    L G5/Junipero Serra Blvd        50.6
    Cont. Foothill Expy     53.0
    R Main St       56.0
    L University Ave        56.1
    Turn right      56.2
    End of route    56.3
    
  • Mon, September 10, 2018 2:07 PM | Anonymous member

    The weather forecast for Wed is for Cool conditions which means good clinbing weather so lets do Zayante. If it is desired to skip the gravel on Redwood Gulch we can go via Mt Eden instead.

    Distance 72 miles, Climb 7200 ft

    Lunch:  Bring lunch to eat along the route. Food also available at Zayante store

    RideWithGPS Link:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28249136

    Turn right toward University Ave 0.0 mi
    Turn right onto University Ave 0.1 mi
    Turn left onto S El Monte Ave 0.8 mi
    Turn right onto Foothill Expy 0.9 mi
    Continue onto Foothill Blvd 4.4 mi
    Continue onto Stevens Canyon Rd 5.8 mi
    Turn right to stay on Stevens Canyon Rd 8.9 mi
    Turn left onto Redwood Gulch Rd 10.6 mi
    Sharp right onto CA-9 S 12.0 mi
    Regroup 15.1 mi
    Turn left to stay on CA-9 S 21.2 mi
    Turn right onto Mill St 32.3 mi
    Regroup, Water 32.4 mi
    Continue onto Glen Arbor Rd 32.6 mi
    Turn left onto Larita Dr 33.6 mi
    Turn left onto Quail Hollow Rd 33.6 mi
    Turn left onto E Zayante Rd 35.7 mi
    Regroup at Zayante Store 36.7 mi
    Turn right to stay on E Zayante Rd 37.1 mi
    Continue onto Upper Zayante Rd 41.1 mi
    Turn right to stay on Upper Zayante Rd 42.0 mi
    Regroup 44.6 mi
    Turn left onto CA-35 44.7 mi
    Turn left to stay on CA-35 44.9 mi
    Turn right to stay on CA-35 45.6 mi
    Regroup at Fire Station 56.5 mi
    Sharp right onto Page Mill Rd 62.3 mi
    Turn right onto Altamont Rd 68.7 mi
    Turn left onto Taaffe Rd 69.8 mi
    Turn left to stay on Taaffe Rd 70.1 mi
    Turn right onto Elena Rd 70.7 mi
    Turn left onto Robleda Rd 70.9 mi
    Slight right onto Chapin Rd 71.7 mi
    Turn left onto Burke Rd 71.9 mi
    Turn right onto University Ave 72.4 mi


  • Tue, September 04, 2018 12:04 PM | Anonymous member

    OLH, West OLH, West Apine, Portola St. Park and Page Mill

    48 miles and about 6000 ft. Bring Lunch for Portola St. Park. Rain Cancels.

    Ride Leader: Steve Chapel

    Route on Ride with GPS

    Turns Distance
    Shoup Park 0.0
    L University Ave 0.1
    L Burke Rd 0.2
    R Old Altos Rd 0.3
    R Fremont Rd 0.4
    L Concepcion Rd 1.5
    R Purissima Rd 2.3
    L Arastradero Rd 3.7
    L Page Mill Rd 4.4
    R Arastradero Rd 4.7
    L Alpine Rd 6.7
    R Portola Rd 7.8
    L Old La Honda Rd 10.7
    L CA-35 14.1
    R Old La Honda Rd 14.1
    L CA-84 W 16.7
    L Pescadero Creek Rd 20.6
    Cont. Alpine Rd 21.7
    R Portola State Park Rd 25.7
    Lunch - At Park 29.7
    Cont. Alpine Rd 33.9
    Cont. Page Mill Rd 37.4
    R Altamont Rd 43.8
    L Taaffe Rd 44.9
    R Elena Rd 45.8
    L Robleda Rd 46.0
    R Chapin Rd 46.8
    L Burke Rd 47.1
    R University Ave 47.5
    R into Shoup 47.6
    End of route 47.7
  • Wed, August 29, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Hills-R-Us route:  Pescadero Clockwise

    Route link:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2175070

    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance:  66 miles
    Elevation:  6400 ft 
    Lunch: Bring or buy lunch in Pescadero

    Route:

    Pescadero Clockwise

    D  Shoup Park
    L  University Ave
    L  Burke Rd
    R  Chapin Rd
    S  Robleda Rd
    R  Elena Rd
    L  Taaffe Rd
    R  Taaffe Rd
    R  Altamont

    Rd Regroup at Black Rd
    L  Page Mill Rd

    Regroup Top of Page Mill
    S  Alpine Rd
    L  Pescadero Creek Rd Regroup at Sam McDonald Pk

    R  Stage Rd

    Lunch in Pescadero
    R  CA-84 E
    R  Old La Honda Rd
    L  CA-35 N

    Regroup in Sky La Honda
    L  CA-84
    R  Portola Rd
    L  Sand Hill Rd
    R  Santa Cruz Ave
    L  Foothill Expy (G5)
    R  Main St
    L  University Ave

    A Shoup Park

     


  • Wed, August 22, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    It looks to be cooler so here is an Emerald Hills ride that we haven't done in a while. Rain cancels.

    We're doing the 2 climbs named in the subject line, adding some bumps along the way there and back. Optional lunch stop midway at the shopping plaza on Polhemus.

    54 miles ,

    4700 Ft.

    Leader : Doug Hahn

    Link to route at Ride With GPS

    Notes Distance
    Shiup Park 0.0
    L University Ave 0.1
    R Main St 0.2
    L Foothill Expy 0.2
    R Santa Cruz Ave 5.7
    L Sand Hill Rd 5.8
    R Manzanita Way 8.9
    R Mountain Home Rd 10.2
    L Woodside Rd 10.6
    R Canada Road 10.6
    R Godetia Dr 12.1
    L Jefferson Ave 12.6
    R Glencrag Way 12.9
    Cont. Maple Way 13.4
    L W Maple Way 13.6
    L Eastview Way 14.0
    R stay on Eastview Way 14.0
    L Hillcrest Way 14.3
    L Glenloch Way 14.6
    L Sylvan Way 15.0
    L Lakeview Way 15.8
    L Cordilleras Rd 16.3
    L Edgewood Rd 16.3
    R Crestview Dr 16.6
    Cont. Hallmark Dr 19.0
    L Ralston Ave 20.5
    Cont. Polhemus Rd 21.2
    Cont. Crystal Springs Rd 23.1
    L Tartan Trail Rd 23.3
    R stay on Tartan Trail Rd 23.9
    L Black Mountain Rd 24.4
    R Wedgewood Dr 24.4
    Cont. Black Mountain Rd 24.4
    L CA-35 S/Hayne Rd 24.9
    L CA-35 S 25.1
    L Crystal Springs Rd 26.4
    R Polhemus Rd 27.3
    R Bunker Hill Dr 28.4
    L CA-35 S 29.6
    L CA-92 E/Ralston Ave 30.5
    R Canada Road 31.1
    R Olive Hill Ln 37.7
    L Albion Ave 38.1
    R Manuella Ave 38.6
    R Kings Mountain Rd 39.0
    L Tripp Rd 39.4
    Cont. Woodside Rd 40.3
    L Portola Rd 41.4
    L Westridge Dr 44.5
    R Cervantes Rd 45.0
    R Minoca Rd 46.3
    L Golden Oak Dr 46.9
    L Alpine Rd 47.1
    R Arastradero Rd 47.1
    L Page Mill Rd 49.1
    R Arastradero Rd 49.4
    R La Cresta Dr 50.3
    R Viscaino Rd 51.3
    L Roble Ladera Rd 51.4
    Cont. Purissima Rd 51.8
    L Robleda Rd 52.4
    R Chapin Rd 53.1
    L Burke Rd 53.3
    R University Ave 53.8
    Turn right into Shoup 53.9
    End of route 54.0
  • Mon, August 13, 2018 3:27 PM | Anonymous member

    The weather gods seem optimistic about Wed so lets do a great route that we haven't done in 2 years:  Los Gatos, Lexington, Summit Rd, Skyline, Page Mill.

    (Note: the route includes a 1 mile flat section of hardpacked dirt on the Los Gatos Creek trail. There is a 50 yd steep pitch at the end which is easily walked)

    Distance: 61 mi  Climb 6300 ft

    Lunch: Bring Lunch to eat at Redwood Estates Park on Summit Rd.

    RideWithGPS Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28329167

    Turn right toward University Ave 0.0 mi
    Turn right onto University Ave 0.1 mi
    Turn left onto S El Monte Ave 0.8 mi
    Turn right onto Foothill Expy 0.9 mi
    Continue onto Foothill Blvd 4.4 mi
    Continue onto Stevens Canyon Rd 5.8 mi
    Continue onto Mt Eden Rd 8.9 mi
    Turn right onto Pierce Rd 11.2 mi
    Regroup 11.9 mi
    Turn left onto CA-9 N/Big Basin Way 12.3 mi
    Turn right onto 6th St 13.6 mi
    Turn left onto St Charles St 13.7 mi
    Sharp right onto Oak St 13.8 mi
    Turn left onto Lomita Ave 13.9 mi
    Turn left onto Vickery Ave 14.1 mi
    Turn right onto Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd 14.5 mi
    Turn right onto Montalvo Rd 14.5 mi
    Turn left onto Piedmont Rd 15.1 mi
    Turn right 15.4 mi
    Turn left 15.4 mi
    Regroup 15.5 mi
    Turn left 15.5 mi
    Turn right onto Piedmont Rd 15.8 mi
    Turn right onto Peach Hill Rd 16.0 mi
    Slight left onto Glen Una Dr 16.8 mi
    Turn right to stay on Glen Una Dr 17.1 mi
    Turn right onto Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd 17.6 mi
    Turn right onto Ridgecrest Ave 19.1 mi
    Turn left onto Beck Ave 19.7 mi
    Turn right onto Hernandez Ave 19.7 mi
    Slight right onto Glen Ridge Ave 20.3 mi
    Turn left onto Pennsylvania Ave 20.4 mi
    Turn right onto Bayview Ave 20.5 mi
    Turn left onto W Main St 20.6 mi
    Regroup 20.8 mi
    Turn right onto Maple Pl 20.9 mi
    Turn right onto Los Gatos Creek Trail 20.9 mi
    Slight left onto Alma Bridge Rd 22.7 mi
    Turn right onto Aldercroft Heights Rd 26.9 mi
    Slight left onto Old Santa Cruz Highway 27.4 mi
    Turn right onto Mountain Charlie Rd 30.1 mi
    Slight right onto Summit Rd 30.8 mi
    Turn right onto CA-35 30.8 mi
    Lunch in Park 32.0 mi
    Turn left to stay on CA-35 33.7 mi
    Turn right to stay on CA-35 34.4 mi
    Regroup 45.4 mi
    Sharp right onto Page Mill Rd 51.1 mi
    Turn right onto Altamont Rd 57.5 mi
    Turn left onto Taaffe Rd 58.6 mi
    Turn left to stay on Taaffe Rd 58.9 mi
    Turn right onto Elena Rd 59.5 mi
    Turn left onto Robleda Rd 59.7 mi
    Slight right onto Chapin Rd 60.5 mi
    Turn left onto Burke Rd 60.7 mi
    Turn right onto University Ave 61.2 mi



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