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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, June 20, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Route: Shoup Park, Kings, Tunitas, Lobitos Creek, Lobitos Creek Cutoff 
    and return via Tunitas / Kings.

    Distance: 55 miles. Total Ascent: about 5500 feet
    Lunch at Bike Hut - Right off cutoff onto Tunitas. Rain Cancels

    Link to route at Ride With GPS

    Turns Distance
    Start of route 0
    L University Ave 0.06
    L Burke Rd 0.2
    R Old Altos Rd 0.27
    R Fremont Rd 0.38
    L Concepcion Rd 1.45
    R Purissima Rd 2.32
    L Arastradero Rd 3.69
    L Page Mill Rd 4.37
    R Arastradero Rd 4.62
    L Alpine Rd 6.62
    R Portola Rd 7.76
    Cont Woodside Rd 11.98
    L Tripp Rd 13.1
    L Kings Mountain Rd 13.95
    Cont Tunitas Creek Rd 18.27
    R Lobitos Creek Rd 23.97
    L Verde Rd 28.08
    L Lobitos Creek Cutoff 28.25
    R Tunitas Creek Rd 29.94
    Lunch at Bike Hut 30.93
    Back up Tunitas 
    Cont Kings Mountain Rd 39.47
    L Woodside Rd 44.49
    R Whiskey Hill Rd 45.43
    L Sand Hill Rd 46.81
    R Santa Cruz Ave 49.75
    L G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 49.85
    R Main St 55.3
    L University Ave 55.33
    Turn right 55.52
    End - Shoup Park 55.57


  • Wed, June 13, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HRU this week is Big Basin + China Grade. 

    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, June 06, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Coastal Classic Via Page Mill

    Page mill, West Alpine, HW 84, Stage and Tunitas. Lunch ast Bike Hut. RAIN CANCELS!
    55 miles, 5,600 feet

    Ride Leader Steve Chapel

    Route on Ride with GPS 

    Notes Distance
    Start - Shoup Park 0
    L University Ave 0.1
    L Burke Rd 0.2
    R Chapin Rd 0.6
    Merge onto Robleda Rd 0.9
    R Elena Rd 1.7
    L Taaffe Rd 1.9
    R Altamont Rd 2.8
    L Page Mill Rd 3.9
    Cont. Alpine Rd 10.3
    Cont. Pescadero Rd 17.8
    L CA-84 W 18.9
    R Stage Rd 26.4
    R CA-1 N 27.5
    R Tunitas Creek Rd 29.1
    Cont. Kings Mountain Rd 38.5
    L Woodside Rd 43.5
    R Whiskey Hill Rd 44.4
    L Sand Hill Rd 45.8
    R Santa Cruz Ave 48.8
    L Junipero Serra Blvd 48.9
    Cont. Foothill Expy 51.3
    L Main St 54.3
    L University Ave 54.3
    R Shoup Park 54.5


  • Wed, May 30, 2018 9:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The forecast is cooler so let's take a shorter ride to the south. I see a high of 56 in La Honda.

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

    Route on Ride with GPS; http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2139402 Route R University Ave 0.06 L S El Monte Ave 0.6 R Foothill Expy 0.72 Continue N Foothill Blvd 4.41 Continue Stevens Canyon Rd 5.62 Continue Mt Eden Rd 8.78 R Damon Ln 10.91 L Teerlink Way 10.94 R Pierce Rd 11.23 REGROUP at Winery L Big Basin Way 12.09 R 6th St 13.47 L St Charles St 13.54 Sharp right Oak St 13.65 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 14.97 REGROUP Villa Montalvo R Peach Hill Rd 15.53 Slight left Glen Una Dr 16.35 R to stay on Glen Una Dr 16.63 R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 17.13 R Austin Way 17.54 R Lancaster Rd 17.74 L Matilija Dr 18.02 L Ojai Dr 18.37 L Greenwood Ln 18.48 R Greenwood Rd 18.97 Path to Deodar L Withey Rd 19.31 R Beck Ave 19.86 R Hernandez Ave 19.88 R Glen Ridge Ave 20.47 L Pennsylvania Ave 20.58 R Bayview Ave 20.68 L W Main St 20.71 REGROUP Town Plaza Continue Los Gatos Blvd 21.44 R Kennedy Rd 22.02 REGROUP Top Kennedy L Shannon Rd 25.37 L Englewood Ave 27.84 R Kennedy Rd 28.26 Continue Caldwell Ave 28.48 L Bella Vista Ave 28.64 Continue New York Ave 29.04 L Pleasant St 29.13 R E Main St 29.27 LUNCH - Town Plaza R University Ave 29.75 L Bachman Ave 30.09 R N Santa Cruz Ave 30.18 Continue Winchester Blvd 30.92 L Daves Ave 31.12 R Vía Caballero 31.95 Continue Twin Creeks Rd 32.12 L Quito Rd 32.7 R Sobey Rd 32.74 L Chester Ave 33.62 REGROUP Chester L turn L Allendale Ave 34.98 R Fruitvale Ave 35.79 R Saratoga Ave 36.08 L Scotland Dr 36.16 REGROUP @ Scotland L turn R Cumberland Dr 36.68 L Cox Ave 37.22 Continue Wardell Rd 37.8 R Arroyo De Arguello 38.13 Continue Vía Roncole 38.62 L Prospect Rd 38.9 Continue S Stelling Rd 39.17 L Rainbow Dr 39.66 R Bubb Rd 40.16 L Hyannisport Dr 40.92 R Linda Vista Dr 41.39 L to stay on Linda Vista Dr 41.44 L McClellan Rd 41.58 L Palm Ave 42.09 R Mira Vista Rd 42.1 L Janice Ave 42.34 REGROUP before Stevens Creek L turn L Stevens Creek Blvd 42.54 R N Foothill Blvd 42.63 L Main St 47.63 R Shoup 47.89
  • Wed, May 23, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Short. May be cold , windy on top. If not Plan "B" would add Skyline after W. Alpine to Hwy 9. Bring lunch. No stop planned

    42 miles / 5,300 feet

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27572525

    University Ave

    0.0 mi

    Turn left onto Burke Rd

    0.1 mi

    Turn right onto Chapin Rd

    0.6 mi

    Continue onto Robleda Rd

    0.8 mi

    Turn left onto Elena Rd

    1.6 mi

    Turn right toward Moody Rd

    2.4 mi

    Turn right onto Moody Rd

    2.4 mi

    Turn left onto Page Mill Rd

    5.2 mi

    Slight right onto Skyline

    11.1 mi

    Turn left onto Old La Honda Rd

    16.8 mi

    Slight left onto CA-84 W

    19.4 mi

    Turn left onto Pescadero Creek Rd

    23.3 mi

    Continue straight onto Alpine Rd

    24.5 mi

    Turn left to stay on Alpine Rd

    27.1 mi

    Continue onto Page Mill Rd

    31.9 mi

    Turn right onto Altamont Rd

    38.4 mi

    Turn left onto Taaffe Rd

    39.4 mi

    Turn left to stay on Taaffe Rd

    39.7 mi

    Turn right onto Elena Rd

    40.3 mi

    Turn left onto Robleda Rd

    40.5 mi

    Slight right onto Chapin Rd

    41.3 mi

    Turn left onto Burke Rd

    41.6 mi

    Turn right onto University Ave

    42.0 mi


  • Thu, May 17, 2018 4:52 PM | Anonymous member

    Reminder from Betty. Our own Cathy Switzer has a blog of her "extended vacation" across the US. Yesterday she rode over a hundred miles in 95 degree heat. Take a look here

    For those who don't already know, our Wonder Woman has a daily blog also:

    Travels


  • Mon, May 14, 2018 9:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Halfmoon Bay via Kings, Tunitus Creek and Lobitos Creek Cutoff - 68 miles 6600 feet, Bring or buy lunch in Halfmoon Bay. Rain cancels.

    Steve Chapel ride leader

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1305847


    Turns Distance
    Shoup Park 0.0
    R Main St 0.2
    L Foothill Expy 0.2
    R Santa Cruz Ave 5.6
    L Sand Hill Rd 5.8
    L Whiskey Hill Rd 8.7
    L Woodside Rd 10.1
    R Kings Mountain Rd 11.0
    Cont. Tunitas Creek Rd 16.0
    RLobitos Creek Cutoff 23.4
    R Verde Rd 25.0
    R Purisima Creek Rd 26.8
    L Higgins Canyon Rd 30.4
    R Main St 34.8
    Lunch 36.6
    L CA-1 S 36.6
    L Verde Rd 39.8
    R to stay on Verde Rd 40.2
    L Lobitos Creek Rd 41.8
    L Tunitas Creek Rd 45.9
    Cont. Kings Mountain Rd 51.6
    L Woodside Rd 56.6
    R Mountain Home Rd 57.3
    L Manzanita Way 57.7
    L Sand Hill Rd 59.0
    R Santa Cruz Ave 62.1
    L G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 62.2
    R Main St 67.6
    L University Ave 67.6
    Shoup Park 67.8


  • Wed, May 09, 2018 7:15 PM | Anonymous member

    The Hills-R-Us ride for 5/9/18 will be: Hicks-Mt Umunhum
    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance: 67 miles
    Elevation: 6,500 ft
    Lunch: Bring Lunch


    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25396212

     

    Right

    Turn right onto University Ave

    0.1

    0.7

    Left

    Turn left onto S El Monte Ave

    0.7

    0.1

    Right

    Turn right onto Foothill Expy

    0.9

    3.6

    Straight

    Continue onto Foothill Blvd

    4.4

    1.3

    Straight

    Continue onto Stevens Canyon Rd

    5.8

    3.2

    Straight

    Continue onto Mt Eden Rd

    8.9

    2.1

    Right

    Turn right onto Damon Ln

    11

    0

    Left

    Turn left onto Teerlink Way

    11.1

    0.3

    Right

    Turn right onto Pierce Rd

    11.4

    0.9

    Left

    Turn left onto CA-9 N

    12.2

    1.4

    Right

    Turn right onto 6th St

    13.6

    0.1

    Left

    Turn left onto Oak St

    13.8

    0.1

    Right

    Turn right onto Lomita Ave

    13.8

    0.2

    Left

    Turn left onto Vickery Ave

    14.1

    0.4

    Right

    Turn right onto Saratoga Los Gatos Rd

    14.5

    2.5

    Right

    Turn right onto Ridgecrest Ave

    16.9

    0.6

    Left

    Turn left onto Beck Ave

    17.5

    0.1

    Right

    Turn right onto Hernandez Ave

    17.6

    0.5

    Right

    Turn right onto Peralta Ave

    18.1

    0.1

    Left

    Turn left onto Pennsylvania Ave

    18.2

    0.2

    Right

    Turn right onto Bayview Ave

    18.4

    0

    Left

    Turn left onto W Main St

    18.4

    0.7

    Straight

    Continue onto Los Gatos Blvd

    19.1

    0.6

    Right

    Turn right onto Kennedy Rd

    19.7

    3.3

    Right

    Turn right onto Shannon Rd

    23

    0.7

    Right

    Turn right onto Hicks Rd

    23.7

    5.3

    Right

    Turn right onto Mt Umunhum Rd

    29

    5.4

    Summit

    Summit ! U Turn

    34.4

    5.4

    Left

    Turn left onto Hicks Rd

    39.9

    5.3

    Left

    Turn left onto Shannon Rd

    45.2

    3.2

    Left

    Turn left onto Englewood Ave

    48.4

    0.4

    Right

    Turn right onto Kennedy Rd

    48.8

    0.2

    Straight

    Continue onto Caldwell Ave

    49.1

    0.4

    Left

    Turn left onto Bella Vista Ave

    49.5

    0.4

    Straight

    Continue onto New York Ave

    49.9

    0.1

    Left

    Turn left onto Pleasant St

    50

    0.1

    Right

    Turn right onto E Main St

    50.1

    0.7

    Right

    Turn right onto Bayview Ave

    50.8

    0

    Left

    Turn left onto Pennsylvania Ave

    50.8

    0.1

    Right

    Turn right onto Glen Ridge Ave

    50.9

    0.1

    Left

    Slight left onto Hernandez Ave

    51.1

    0.6

    Left

    Turn left onto Beck Ave

    51.7

    0.1

    Right

    Turn right onto Ridgecrest Ave

    51.7

    0.6

    Left

    Turn left onto Saratoga Los Gatos Rd

    52.3

    2.9

    Straight

    Continue onto Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd

    55.2

    1.7

    Left

    Turn left onto Wardell Rd

    56.9

    0.3

    Right

    Turn right onto Arroyo De Arguello

    57.2

    0.5

    Straight

    Continue onto Vía Roncole

    57.7

    0.3

    Left

    Turn left onto Prospect Rd

    58

    0.3

    Straight

    Continue onto S Stelling Rd

    58.2

    0.5

    Left

    Turn left onto Rainbow Dr

    58.7

    0.5

    Right

    Turn right onto Bubb Rd

    59.2

    0.8

    Left

    Turn left onto Hyannisport Dr

    60

    0.5

    Right

    Turn right onto Linda Vista Dr

    60.5

    0

    Left

    Turn left to stay on Linda Vista Dr

    60.5

    0.1

    Left

    Turn left onto McClellan Rd

    60.7

    0.4

    Right

    McClellan turns right and Mira Vista 

    61

    0.2

    Left

    Turn left onto Palm Ave

    61.2

    0.2

    Right

    Turn right onto S Foothill Blvd

    61.4

    1.1

    Straight

    Continue onto Foothill Expy

    62.5

    4.2

    Left

    Turn left onto Main St

    66.7

    0

    Left

    Turn left onto University Ave

    66.8

    0.1

    Right

    Turn right

    66.8


  • Wed, May 02, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Time for a trip to Big Basin park. Rain Cancels.

    North Escape is extra credit.


    Distance :: 65 mi

    Elevation :: 7300 ft

    Lunch :: Big Basin Park

    Leader :: Doug Hahn


    RWGPS :: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27375354


    Route sheet ::

    65.2 miles

    RWG, Big Basin China Grade

    Leg Dir Type Notes Total

    Left Turn left toward University Ave 0.0
    0.0 Right Turn right onto University Ave 0.0
    0.6 Left Turn left onto S El Monte Ave 0.7
    0.1 Right Turn right onto Foothill Expy 0.8
    3.6 Straight Continue onto Foothill Blvd 4.4
    1.3 Straight Continue onto Stevens Canyon Rd 5.7
    3.2 Right Turn right to stay on Stevens Canyon Rd 8.8
    1.7 Left Turn left onto Redwood Gulch Rd 10.5
    1.4 Right Sharp right onto CA-9 S 11.9
    9.2 Straight Continue onto CA-236 N 21.1
    13.3 Left Sharp left onto China Grade Rd 34.4
    3.4 Right Turn right onto CA-236 S 37.8
    4.7 Straight Continue onto CA-9 S 42.5
    6.1 Left Turn left onto CA-35 (signs for State 35/San Francisco) 48.6
    6.4 Right Sharp right onto Page Mill Rd 55.0
    6.4 Right Turn right onto Altamont Rd 61.4
    1.1 Left Turn left onto Taaffe Rd 62.5
    0.3 Left Turn left to stay on Taaffe Rd 62.8
    0.6 Right Turn right onto Elena Rd 63.4
    0.2 Left Turn left onto Robleda Rd 63.5
    0.8 Right Slight right onto Chapin Rd 64.4
    0.3 Left Turn left onto Burke Rd 64.6
    0.4 Right Turn right onto University Ave 65.1
    0.1 Right Turn right 65.2

    Print Ride With GPS · https://ridewithgps.com

  • Wed, April 25, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    We'll head South to Bear Creek, Black. Return Skyline, Page Mill. Limited water and RR stops. Bring lunch.

    60 miles/ 7,000 feet

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27317903


    Turn right onto University Ave

    0.1 mi

    Turn left onto S El Monte Ave

    0.7 mi

    Turn right onto Foothill Expy

    0.8 mi

    Continue onto N Foothill Blvd

    4.5 mi

    Continue onto Stevens Canyon Rd

    5.7 mi

    Straight Mt Eden Rd

    8.9 mi

    Turn right onto Pierce Rd

    11.2 mi

    Slight right onto CA-9 S

    12.2 mi

    RR / water at CDF on Skyline

    17.7 mi

    Turn left onto CA-35

    17.7 mi

    Turn left onto CA-35/Bear Creek Rd

    28.0 mi

    Turn left onto Montevina Rd

    31.7 mi

    Turn left onto Black Rd

    32.0 mi

    RR / Water at school Sometimes if not locked

    33.5 mi

    Turn right onto CA-35/Skyline Blvd

    36.5 mi

    CDF water / "CAT" RR

    43.5 mi

    Turn right onto Page Mill Rd

    49.3 mi

    Turn right onto Altamont Rd

    55.7 mi

    Turn left onto Taaffe Rd

    56.8 mi

    Turn right onto Elena Rd

    57.7 mi

    Turn left onto Robleda Rd

    57.9 mi

    Slight right onto Chapin Rd

    58.7 mi

    Turn left onto Burke Rd

    58.9 mi

    Continue straight onto Old Altos Rd

    59.3 mi

    Continue onto Burke Rd

    59.3 mi

    Turn right onto University Ave

    59.4 mi


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