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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, May 25, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    After transiting Foothill Expy, we'll climb Kings Mt Rd, descend Tunitas Creek Rd all the way to Lobito Creek Cut Off, then to Half Moon Bay for lunch via Purissima Creek Rd and Higgins Canyon Rd.  Return is Hwy 1, Lobitos Rd to Tunitas Creek Rd, Kings and back Foothill Expy.   This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are welcome to form a D+/E group.

    Start - Shoup Park, Los Altos.  Start Time: Rolling at 9 AM.  Note:  Please park outside of Shoup Park if driving.

    Distance: 68 miles

    Elevation Gain: 6,208’

    Lunch: Bring or buy at Garden Deli Cafe, Half Moon Bay.  Consider ordering ahead at the Deli.

    Ride Leader: Jack Jones


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  • Wed, May 18, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Post-Ride editing....

    Original title was Coastal Classic Counter Clockwise - nope, it was clockwise...
    Original post missed confirming the Start Location (Shoup Park) and time (meet at 8:45, roll at 9:00 AM).  At least the Ride Schedule was correct!

    D/4.2 (5869')/56 - It’s going to be both cloudy and sunny, cool and warm - while we rode Coastal Classic three weeks ago, but it never gets old to see our Beautiful Pacific Coast, so off we go!

    Coastal Classic Counter Clockwise via Page Mill.

    Distance: 56 miles
    Elevation: 5,869'
    Lunch: bring, to enjoy at the Bike Hut ~ Mile 31

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    Ride Leader, Cathy Switzer

  • Wed, May 11, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    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.

    We'll visit the coast and enjoy the Eureka Canyon climb back to Lexington.  This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are welcome to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

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

    Distance: 62 miles
    Elevation Gain: 4,940'
    Lunch: Bring or buy at Corralitos Market
    Ride Leader: Jack Jones

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  • Wed, May 04, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    These aren't the climbs you're looking for… may we successfully force ourselves up Page Mill and continue climbing past Castle Rock Park. The descent, enjoy it we will, all the way to lunch, and beyond. Around Lexington Reservoir, and on the dirt to Los Gatos, meander back to Shoup Park. 

    Note: This ride will go on Los Gatos Creek Trail (i.e dirt) from Lexington to downtown Los Gatos. 

    This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are welcome to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

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    Lunch: Bring to enjoy at Cuesta de Los Gatos Park, AKA Redwood Estates Upper Park on Summit Road at Bayview Dr., mile 30

    Ride Leader: Cathy Switzer

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

    We'll stay nice and cool with a trip to the Coast via Old La Honda.   Meet at Shoup park at 8:45 for a 9 AM departure. This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are welcome to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

    Distance - 56 miles

    Elevation gain - 5,208'

    Lunch - bring food to enjoy at the Bike Hut

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    Ride leader - Jack Jones

  • Wed, April 20, 2022 9:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)

    3800 ft in 35 miles(!) and maybe a couple of llamas/alpacas near the finish.

    No lunch stop. Bring or we could go have lunch in downtown Los Altos at the end of the ride. Rain cancels.

    [This one's not in the WW RwGPS route library yet and I don't think I have access to add to it. —Michael]

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  • Wed, April 13, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Dig out the warm clothes again cause Winter is back.  And in honor of it's reappearance we will do a winter ride: Five Bumps TO Montebello.  This will give it a chance to warm up a little before we climb Montebello.

    Start Location:  Shoup Park  8:45am for a 9am start

    Distance: 40 miles

    Climb: 4400 feet

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30146275

    Cue Sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30146275/cue_sheet

    Weather: https://bit.ly/374wshr

    Lunch:  No lunch. Bring snacks to eat at our hilltop regroups

    Ride Leader: Don Johann

  • Wed, April 06, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Perusing the catalog of HRU rides on the WW website, looking for inspiration, I came upon a ride that intrigued me, as it climbs Black Mountain via Ridgeway, a combination that has been on my bucket list for a few years.  To get there, we will do a variety of roads I've climbed, but not for awhile, and never in this order.  Besides the always challenging Crestview, along the way we will also do northbound Parrott - another climb on my bucket list.  This ride covers many of the same general areas as our Flintstone ride 3 months ago, but in a very different way, with numerous killer views of the south bay.  There are some steep hills in this route, but you'll notice every one can be easily bypassed, so this ride can be as challenging or easy as you want to make it.  

    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: At a bit before mile 34, we'll hit the Safeway at the Crystal Springs shopping center on Polhemus.   There is also a Starbucks and a Bakery.  Beware that there is a short, but very steep climb after lunch (Bunker Hill).

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

    Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

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  • Wed, March 30, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Let's see the sights from the top of Mt. Umunhum.  We'll climb Kennedy, Hicks and then onto the summit for lunch.

    Meet at Shoup Park at 8:45 AM for a 9:00 AM departure.  We'll pass by the former site of CBS for those that want to join the ride there.

    Distance - 72.5 miles, Elevation gain - 6,031'

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    Ride leader:  Jack Jones

  • Wed, March 23, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The forecast is for another temperate day, so let's go do a variation on an HRU Classic  - the clockwise Lexington loop... but with a twist.   We'll trim off 2 miles by going up Redwood Estates in lieu of Mountain Charlie.  Spring is the best time to do this climb.  There are some steep bits, but also quite a bit of shade.

    There are a lot of zigs and zags on the Redwood Estates climb, so I highly recommend downloading the route to your GPS device.  There is 1.6 miles of packed dirt and gravel on the Los Gatos Creek trail.   

    This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are encouraged to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

    There are a couple of ways to trim mileage/climbing off this ride.  If you live in the Cupertino area, you can meet us at the old Cupertino Bike Shop to start (end of McClellan at Foothill) - dropping down Highway 9 on the way back.  Another trim is to skip the jog up to Montalvo on the way out to Lexington.  I did that once many years ago after a long vacation, with the faster riders slowly but surely reeling me in along Skyline.  

    Start: Shoup Park, rolling at 9 AM

    Lunch: At mile 26.5, We'll buy food and drink at the Redwood Estates store to eat up top at the park near Summit.   I recollect that there is a $10 minimum for a credit card, so bring cash if you plan to buy just a few things.  Across the street is Nonno's, which makes sandwiches to order, and salads to go. 

    From the store there is no water until the Castle Rock parking area.  

    Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

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