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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.

Hills R Us D/E riders meet on the hour and roll promptly 15 minutes later.  The D Social Climbers meet and roll out 15 minutes earlier, to do the same ride at a more “social” pace.

Regular Riders April - November:  Meet at 9 am for 9:15 departure
DE/3-4/35-70  December - March:  Meet at 10 am for 10:15 departure

Social Climbers   April - November:  Meet at 8:45 am for 9:00 departure
D/3-4/35-70 December - March:  Meet at 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

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, December 04, 2019 10:01 AM | Anonymous member

    Due to the wet roads and poor weather forecast today ride has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday.   Hopefully the weather will be better but rain could cancel again.

  • Wed, December 04, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Lets do Mike K's Swan Song!  

    Rain cancels.  No lunch stop (there is a option for lunch but usually it is skipped) so bring snacks.

    Remember the new 10 am start time!

     

    The Hills-R-Us route:  LAH quarry, Moody, Foothills Park, Alpine/Joaquin, Westridge, St. Francis/La Cresta
    Route link:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5193536

     

    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance:  40 miles
    Elevation:  4500 ft 
    Lunch: Bring snacks, no lunch stop

     

    Route:

    R University Ave   0.0
    L Burke Rd   0.2
    R Chapin Rd   0.6
    Cont. Robleda Rd   0.9
    L Elena Rd   1.7
    Cont. El Monte Rd   2.5
    R Voorhees Dr   3.3
    R Clausen Ct   3.4
    Cont. Barley Hill Rd   3.6
    L Hilltop Dr   3.9
    R Hillview Rd   4.3
    R Magdalena Ave   4.7
    R Stonebrook Dr   5.8
    Cont. Laura Ct   6.1
    R Kate Dr   6.1
    L Teresa Way   6.2
    R Stonebrook Dr   6.3
    R Oak Knoll Cir   6.5
    Cont. Prospect Ave   7.1
    L La Loma Dr   7.5
    R Summit Wood   7.8
    L Tepa Way   8.2
    L Moody Rd   8.4
    R Page Mill Rd   10.9
    L Foothill Park   11.2
    L Slight L   11.4
    R Slight R   12.2
    R Page Mill Rd   13.4
    R Altamont Rd   13.8
    L Briones Way   14.0
    L Ventana Way   14.3
    R Page Mill Rd   14.5
    L Arastradero Rd   16.0
    L Alpine Rd   17.9
    L Joaquin Rd   22.3
    R Old Spanish Trail   22.7
    L Vista Verde Way   23.1
    R Ramona Rd   23.4
    R Los Trancos Rd   24.1
    L Fire Rd Only   25.1
    L Valley Oak St   25.2
    L Indian Crossing   25.8
    L Alpine Rd   25.9
    R Willowbrook Dr   26.1
    L Portola Rd   26.9
    R Westridge Dr   27.3
    R Golden Hills Dr   28.4
    R Meadowood Dr   28.6
    R Cervantes Rd   29.0
    L Shawnee Pass   29.0
    R Iroquois Trail   29.4
    Cont. Georgia Ln   29.6
    L Portola Rd   29.9
    L Alpine Rd   30.4
    R Junipero Serra   34.7
    Cont. Foothill Expy   37.1
    R Hillview Ave   37.7
    Cont. Fremont Rd   38.4
    R St Francis Rd   39.0
    L La Cresta Dr   39.6
    L Viscaino Rd   40.4
    L Concepcion Rd   40.8
    R Fremont Rd   41.1
    L W Edith Ave   41.9
    R University Ave   42.1


  • Wed, November 27, 2019 7:32 AM | Anonymous member

    Rain today and maybe tomorrow. Thus today's ride is cancelled and rescheduled for Friday at 10AM departure at Shoup Park. The later start will give the roads more time to dry.


    For those interested in a ride on Thanksgiving Guy and Mindy have a pre dinner ride planned for tomorrow at 10AM.


    Steve Chapel
  • Mon, November 25, 2019 4:06 PM | Anonymous member

    Tour Around Los Altos/Portola Hills

    It looks like rain for Wed so lets do a ride for rainy days: Quinn Hill, Mora, Blandor, Moody, Footill Park, Westridge, La Cresta 30 miles, 3200 feet. Bring a snack for Foothills Park.

    If Wed is nice I will think of an option to extend this at the start. We can decide then.

    If it is raining on Wed, for those interested we could do it on Thursday and easily finish by noon.

    Steve Chapel ride leader - will be at the start for sure

    Route on Ride with GPS

    Notes Distance
    Start of route 0.0
    R University Ave 0.0
    R Quinnhill Rd 1.1
    L Summerhill Ave 1.5
    R Hilltop Dr 1.7
    L Hillview Rd 1.8
    R Fairway Dr 2.4
    Cont. onto Loyola Dr 2.9
    R Esberg Rd 3.1
    R Mora Dr 3.2
    R Sunhills Dr 3.9
    L Kenbar Rd 4.0
    R Rolly Rd 4.1
    L W Loyola Dr 4.2
    Cont. Camino Hermoso 4.4
    L Magdalena Ave 4.6
    L Blandor Way 5.0
    R Olive Tree Ln 5.1
    L Blandor Way 6.2
    L Magdalena Ave 6.3
    L Stonebrook Dr 6.7
    R Kate Dr 7.1
    L Teresa Way 7.2
    L Prospect Ave 7.5
    L La Loma Dr 7.8
    R Summit Wood Rd 8.1
    L onto Tepa Way 8.5
    L Moody Rd 8.7
    R Page Mill Rd 11.3
    L into Foothill Park 11.5
    L at lake 11.7
    R at Interpretive Center 12.5
    R at Top 13.2
    L Page Mill Rd 13.8
    L Arastradero Rd 13.8
    L Alpine Rd 16.1
    R Portola Rd 18.1
    R Westridge Dr 19.2
    R Alpine Rd 20.4
    L Arastradero Rd 23.3
    L Page Mill Rd 24.0
    R Arastradero Rd 26.0
    R La Cresta Dr 26.3
    R Viscaino Rd 27.2
    L Roble Ladera Rd 28.2
    Cont. Purissima Rd 28.3
    L Robleda Rd 28.6
    R Chapin Rd 29.3
    L Burke Rd 29.9
    R University Ave 30.2
    Turn right 30.6
    End of route 30.8


  • Wed, November 20, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    To Pescadero via Old La Honda and Stage Road, return up Haskins Hill and West Alpine.  Weather forecast is for clear skies and chilly temperatures, dress in layers!

    Leader: Cathy Switzer
    Distance: 65 miles
    Elevation: 6,500 ft
    Lunch: Arcangeli's Bakery

    Rain Cancels

    Download the route from WW RWGPS site >
    Download the cue sheet from WW RWGPS site >

  • Mon, November 11, 2019 6:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Let's keep doing longer rides until we get another hour taken away from us in December.

    RidewithGPS Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31452758

    Distance: 56 miles

    Elevation: 6100 feet

    Lunch: San Gregorio State Beach if weather allows, otherwise La Honda

    • Turn right toward University Ave

      0.0 mi

    • Turn left onto University Ave

      0.1 mi

    • Turn right onto Main St

      0.2 mi

    • Turn left onto Foothill Expy

      0.2 mi

    • Continue onto Junipero Serra Blvd

      3.2 mi

    • Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave

      5.7 mi

    • Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd

      5.8 mi

    • Turn right onto Whiskey Hill Rd

      8.7 mi

    • Turn left onto Woodside Rd

      10.1 mi

    • Turn right onto Albion Ave

      10.6 mi

    • Continue onto Manuella Ave

      11.1 mi

    • Turn right onto Kings Mountain Rd

      11.5 mi

    • Turn right onto Greer Rd

      12.0 mi

    • Turn left

      12.5 mi

    • Turn right

      12.6 mi

    • Turn left

      12.6 mi

    • Turn right onto Huddart Park Rd

      12.7 mi

    • Water, Bathrooms

      13.1 mi

    • Turn left to stay on Huddart Park Rd

      13.3 mi

    • Slight right to stay on Huddart Park Rd

      13.3 mi

    • Turn right onto Kings Mountain Rd

      13.6 mi

    • Continue onto Tunitas Creek Rd

      16.5 mi

    • Turn right to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd

      17.8 mi

    • Turn left to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd

      23.9 mi

    • Water, Possible Lunch

      24.9 mi

    • Turn left onto CA-1 S

      25.9 mi

    • Possible Lunch

      28.7 mi

    • Turn left onto CA-84 E/​La Honda Rd/​San Gregorio Rd (signs for Redwood City)

      28.7 mi

    • Sharp left to stay on CA-84 E

      33.4 mi

    • Turn right onto Pescadero Creek Rd

      36.9 mi

    • Turn right to stay on Pescadero Creek Rd

      37.0 mi

    • Continue straight onto Alpine Rd

      38.1 mi

    • Turn left to stay on Alpine Rd

      40.8 mi

    • Continue onto Page Mill Rd

      45.6 mi

    • Turn right onto Altamont Rd

      52.0 mi

    • Turn left onto Taaffe Rd

      53.1 mi

    • Turn left to stay on Taaffe Rd

      53.4 mi

    • Turn right onto Elena Rd

      54.0 mi

    • Turn left onto Robleda Rd

      54.2 mi

    • Slight right onto Chapin Rd

      55.0 mi

    • Turn left onto Burke Rd

      55.2 mi


  • Wed, November 06, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HRU this week is Big Basin + China Grade. 
    Remember that we are still starting at 9 am for Nov this year, 10 am rides start in Dec.
    Ride with GPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1504447
    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance: 65 miles
    Elevation: 7,200 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
    C Stevens Canyon
    L Redwood Gulch
    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


  • Sun, October 27, 2019 1:49 PM | Anonymous member

    Shoup to Shoup via OLH, Alpine, Skyline, Hwy9 and Home


    54mi 6100 ft. Bring Food to Eat at Top of Alpine.
    Bad air or fires cancels
    Steve Chapel picked route suggested by Cathy S.

    Route on RideWithGPS

    Turns Miles
    Shoup Park 0
    L University Ave 0.1
    L Burke Rd 0.23
    R Old Altos Rd 0.31
    R Fremont Rd 0.41
    L Concepcion Rd 1.49
    R Purissima Rd 2.35
    L Arastradero Rd 3.73
    L Page Mill Rd 4.41
    R Arastradero Rd 4.66
    L Alpine Rd 6.66
    R Portola Rd 7.8
    L Old La Honda Rd 10.69
    L CA-35 14.11
    R Old La Honda Rd 14.12
    L CA-84 W 16.7
    L Pescadero Creek Rd 20.64
    Cont. Alpine Rd 21.78
    R CA-35 29.29
    L CA-9 N 35.68
    L Pierce Rd 41.22
    L Mt Eden Rd 42.25
    Cont. Stevens Canyon Rd 44.56
    Cont. S Foothill Blvd 47.72
    L S El Monte Ave 52.63
    R University Ave 52.79
    Left into Shoup 53.4
    End of route 53.48
  • Wed, October 23, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    One of our classic routes.  Up Old La Honda, check out the repairs on West Old La Honda (thank you San Mateo County Public Works!), 84 to Stage to Tunitas.

    Distance: 57 mi
    Climb: 5,300 ft
    Lunch: at the Bike Hut, bring food and cash for sodas/donations
    Leader: Cathy Switzer

    Download the route from RWGPS >

    Download the cue sheet from RWGPS >

    Rain Cancels

  • Wed, October 16, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Due to popular demand HillsRUs will finally do Zayante again.  The weather forecast is excellent for this type of ride.

    RidewithGPS Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31302730

    Distance: 72 miles

    Elevation 7200 feet

    Lunch: Bring or buy lunch in Boulder Creek to eat at the park on Mill St. in Ben Lomond

    • 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

    • Lunch, Water at Ben Lomond Park

      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


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