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HillsRUs rolls weekly on Wednesdays

Route often includes Hwy 9, Page Mill, Old La Honda, Kings Mountain, West Alpine or Tunitas Creek. Always be prepared for variable weather on Skyline. Foul weather in the hills keeps the ride in the valley. This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are welcome to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

Meet at 8:45 AM, Roll at 9:00 AM. Start location and Route announced Monday prior, via email and this page (scroll down to the blog).

Ride Leaders rotate weekly - Don Johann, Cathy Switzer, Jack Jones and Steve Rempel, with guest appearances by Michael Khaw, Gary Virshup, and others.

A selection of routes can be found in the WW Ride with GPS Route Catalog > use tag "HRU".


Last update: 17-Nov-21 CBS

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  • Wed, August 10, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    It's been 10 months since the last time we did this route, so let's do something just a little different - San Bruno Mountain via Skyline and Pacifica.  It's a ride and set of views I really like, even though this route is a bit more urban than a typical HRU ride.  The forecast looks pretty ideal - warmish at the end, but cool on the climbs. 

    Note that this ride starts at the Pioneer Inn Parking in Woodside.  We'll ride along Skyline, before dropping down into Pacifica, then working our way back up to Skyline, and over to the base of San Bruno Mountain.  We'll climb the mountain for the (hopefully) killer views and then descend to Daly City for some great Tacos, before working our way through the City of the Dead, almost to SFO, and then back up to Skyline, for the final downwind leg of our journey.

    Starting time and location:  Meet at the Pioneer Inn at 8:45 for a 9:00 start

    Distance: 62 miles

    Elevation gain: 5250'

    Ride Leader:  Steve Rempel

    Bring or buy lunch at the Taqueria in Daly City.    

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  • Wed, August 03, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    It's time to visit Santa Cruz again.  We will depart from Lexington Reservoir and cross the mountains to Capitola. After checking out the views of the ocean we will head to Corralitos for lunch before climbing through the beautiful Eureka Canyon and back to Summit Road and Old Santa Cruz Hwy. Weather promises to be mild with the only hot part the slog around Lexington at the end.

    Starting Location: Parking Lot .3 mi past the dam at Lexington Reservoir. There is now a $6 fee to park there (Credit/Debit Card). There is also a dirt area across the street from the parking lot that can handle about 6 cars.

    Directions: take the Bear Creek Rd exit off of Hwy 17, go across Hwy 17 and turn left like you were getting on 17. Take Alma Bridge Rd and go .6 mi to the parking lot just past the dam

    Start Time: be there by 8:45 for a  9 am departure.

    Distance: 62 miles

    Elevation: 4900 feet

    LunchBring or Buy to eat at the park across from Corralitos Market

    Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/35706625

    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/35706625/cue_sheet

    Weatherhttps://bit.ly/3PP4CXz

    Ride Leader:  Don Johann


  • Wed, July 27, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Big Basin just reopened last Friday, the 22nd, so let's go check out the new asphalt on Highway 236.  I hear it's smooth as silk, and the weather forecast looks pretty ideal.  With limited car access, this is the perfect time to climb through the Big Basin and see how the park has evolved after the fire.

    Note that the start is at Monta Vista Park in Cupertino, just like our Zayante adventure a few weeks ago.  The park is just off Foothill at Voss Ave.  

    This is a social-paced D ride (we are after all the Wednesday Social Climbers) with regroups; faster riders are encouraged to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

    Start: Monte Vista Park, rolling at 9 AM

    Lunch: Around mile 30, we'll stop in Boulder Creek for lunch.   There is no water in Big Basin, so we'll all need to load up in Boulder Creek for the 23 miles of climbing up 236 and Highway 9.  

    Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

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  • Wed, July 20, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Starting location and time: Meet at Shoup Park, Los Altos; 8:45 AM for a 9:00 AM departure.

    We'll climb Page Mill, then ride Skyline. We'll make a loop of Black and Gist, return on Skyline and descend Hwy 9.

    Elevation Gain - 6,051'

    Distance - 55 miles

    Ride Leader - Jack Jones

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    Lunch - Bring food for Castle Rock Park


  • Wed, July 13, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By request - Coastal Classic AND Bike Hut Classic 

    Warm up with the climb up Page Mill and descend West Alpine to 84, Stage Road, and the beautiful California Coast!

    Bring Lunch to enjoy at the Bike Hut, relax and then enjoy your n+1 assault up Tunitas Creek for the Bike Hut Classic. Register for the ride if you’d like your time to count towards the Leader Boards.

    Meet 8:45 am at Shoup Park, Los Altos. Roll at 9:00 am

    (If you drive to the start, please park on University or Lincoln Avenues, not on the Park)

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    Ride Leader - Cathy Switzer

    (Please load the GPS route on your device or print a cue sheet, ride leader does not provide route sheets)


  • Wed, July 06, 2022 9:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The road work on Skyline between Bear Creek and Black is finally finished so let's do one of our favorite routes to Zayante!

    Start Location and Time:  meet at 8:45 for a 9:00am start at Monta Vista Park in Cupertino.  Monta Vista Park is just before the old CBS Bikes location off of Foothill Blvd. Turn right at the stoplight at Voss Ave.  There is also a Baseball Field on your right at this intersection

    Distance and Climb: 60 miles, 6400 feet

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39695888

    Cue Sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39695888/cue_sheet

    Weather: https://bit.ly/3OKJtgr

    Lunch:  Lunch will be at Ben Lomond County Park on Mill St. in Ben Lomond. Bring lunch or you can also buy food at the market in Boulder Creek

    Ride Leader:  Don Johann

  • Wed, June 29, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    For HRU this week, let's go do one of my favorites, the Flintstone House and the Carolands Mansion.  Coming back from both a vacation and Omicron, it was tough to pick a ride, but should I falter, Cathy has graciously volunteered to pick up the slack and get you all home safely.   There are two crazy steep, but also quite short hills in this route, however, both can be easily bypassed.

    The weather forecast is looking better and better each day.  If it holds, this may be one of those Goldilocks days, which you all deserve, after enduring last week's furnace fun.  

    This is a social-paced D ride (we are after all the Wednesday Social Climbers) with regroups; faster riders are encouraged to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

    Start: Shoup Park, rolling at 9 AM

    Lunch: Around mile 35, we'll hit the Safeway at the Crystal Springs shopping center on Polhemus.   There is also a Starbucks and a Bakery. 

    From the shopping center there will be water and restrooms about 4 miles later, at the Pulgas Water Temple.  

    Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

    Co Leader: Cathy Switzer

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  • Wed, June 22, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    D/4.8 (5580')/47 Hills R Us

    Climbing early, looking for shade. Starting with Montebello, we’ll then head up and back Stevens Canyon, turn up Redwood Gulch and return along Skyline to Page Mill.  Bring two full water bottles and food.

    Note: if Stevens Canyon is still closed from San Juan to Montebello (from a fallen power pole), we will skip Montebello and take Pierce/Mt. Eden to Stevens Canyon and Redwood Gulch. (If you download both routes, that’s a guarantee that Stevens Canyon will be open!)

    Start Location: Shoup Park, Los Altos

    Distance: 47 miles
    Elevation Gain: 5,589’
    Weather: Warm to Hot
    Lunch: Bring, enjoy at Alpine Lake, mile 36

    Route > (if lower Stevens Canyon is closed, Alternate >)
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  • Wed, June 15, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Starting location and time: Meet at Shoup Park, Los Altos; 8:45 AM for a 9:00 AM departure.

    Climbing Kings Mountain, then down and ups to the gates on Native Sons, Star Hill and Bear Gulch West. It's shady, except for the bottom of Bear Gulch. Return via Skywood, the neighborhood at Four Corners, Hwy 84 and the Portola Valley loop.

    Elevation Gain - 6,054'

    Distance - 55.2 miles

    Ride Leader - Don Johann, graciously subbing for Jack

    Lunch -Late,  Bring or buy at Skywood Trading Post & Deli ('Four Corners')

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  • Wed, June 08, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    We're in a mini heat wave now so let's head for cooler locations on the coast and yet try to avoid most of the Sequoia route.

    Start Location and Time: meet at Pioneer Hotel in Woodside at 8:45 for a 9:00 start.

    Distance and Climb: 60 miles, 4800 ft

    Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/32734678

    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/32734678/cue_sheet

    Weatherhttps://bit.ly/3aCuc25

    Lunch: Lunch will be at the San Benito House Garden Deli in Half Moon Bay. There can be a long line to order so you might want to order ahead and here's a link: https://sanbenitohouse.com/garden-deli-cafe . I would estimate we'd be there around 12:30

    Ride Leader:  Don Johann



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