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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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  • 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



  • Mon, August 06, 2018 6:55 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

    Route on Ride with GPS

    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
    R Whiskey Hill Rd 8.7
    L Woodside Rd 10.1
    R Kings Mountain Rd 11.0
    Cont. Tunitas Creek Rd 16.0
    R Lobitos 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
    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, August 01, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Hills-R-Us ride for 8/1/18 will be: The Coastal Classic. 

    Link:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9610455
    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance:  56 miles
    Elevation:  5500 ft
    Lunch: The Bike Hut, bring or buy at 
    La Honda Mkt
      
    Route:
    Shoup Park
    L University Ave

    L Burke Rd

    R Old Altos Rd

    R W Fremont Rd

    L Concepcion Rd

    R Purissima Rd

    L Arastradero Rd

    L Page Mill Rd

    R Arastradero Rd 

    L Alpine Rd

    R Portola Rd 

    Regroup at Little Peoples Park

    L Old La Honda Rd 

    Regroup at top (Skyline Blvd)

    S Old La Honda West

    L CA Hwy 84 group

    Regroup at La Honda Mkt

    L Stage Rd

    R Hwy 1

    R Tunitas Creek

    Lunch at the Bike Hut

    Regroup at top (Skyline Blvd)

    C Kings Mountain

    L Woodside Rd (Hwy 84)

    Regroup at Roberts Store

    R Mountain Home Rd

    L Manzanita Wy

    L Sand Hill Rd

    R Santa Cruz Ave

    L Junipero Serra Blvd 

    C Foothill Expy.

    R Main St

    L University Ave

    R Shoup Park        


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

    Forecast is for heat so let's do a shorter, cooler ride.

    Redwood ramble (plus) with an option to keep it cooler (don't go all the way to the gate on Bear Gulch) and an option to keep it shorter (go down 84 instead of taking Skyline to Pagemill).


    59 miles, 7000 ft. Kings Mountain, Native Sons, Star Hill/Swett, Bear Gulch West and home via Skyline and Page Mill.

    Bring or buy lunch (late in the ride) at Skywood Market, Sky Londa.

    Route on https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23097840

    Notes Distance
    Shoup Park 0
    L University Ave 0.1
    R Main St 0.2
    L Foothill Expy 0.3
    R Santa Cruz Ave 5.7
    L Sand Hill Rd 5.8
    R Whiskey Hill Rd 8.8
    L Woodside Rd 10.1
    R Albion Ave 10.7
    Cont. Manuella Ave 11.1
    R Kings Mountain R 11.6
    Cont. Tunitas Creek 16.3
    R Star Hill Rd 17.6
    R Native Sons Rd 19.6
    U Turn 21.1
    R Star Hill Rd 22.5
    U Turn 25
    R Swett Rd 28.9
    R CA-35 29.7
    R Bear Gulch Rd 32.2
    U-Turn 35.4
    R CA-35 38.6
    L Page Mill Rd 48.2
    R Altamont Rd 54.6
    L Taaffe Rd 55.7
    R Elena Rd 56.6
    L Robleda Rd 56.8
    R Chapin Rd 57.6
    L Burke Rd 57.8
    R University Ave 58.3
    Turn right into Shou 58.5
    End of route 58.5
  • Mon, July 16, 2018 12:07 PM | Anonymous member

    Pescadero Figure 8

    Route: Page Mill, 84, 1, Bean Hollow, Pescadero Creek, 84, WOLH

    Distance: 72 Miles, Climb: 6600 ft

    Notes:  Route can be shortened by 4 miles either by taking Stage or skipping Bean Hollow Loop.

    Lunch: Arcangeli Grocery in Pescadero

    RideWithGPS Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28021973

    Turn right toward University Ave 0.0 mi
    Turn left onto University Ave 0.1 mi
    Turn left onto Burke Rd 0.2 mi
    Turn right onto Chapin Rd 0.6 mi
    Continue onto Robleda Rd 0.9 mi
    Turn right onto Elena Rd 1.7 mi
    Turn left onto Taaffe Rd 1.9 mi
    Turn right to stay on Taaffe Rd 2.5 mi
    Turn right onto Altamont Rd 2.7 mi
    Turn left onto Page Mill Rd 3.8 mi
    Continue onto Alpine Rd 10.3 mi
    Turn right to stay on Alpine Rd 15.1 mi
    Continue onto Pescadero Creek Rd 17.7 mi
    Turn left onto CA-84 W 18.8 mi
    Turn left onto CA-1 S 27.1 mi
    Turn left onto Bean Hollow Rd 34.5 mi
    Slight right onto Pescadero Creek Rd 37.0 mi
    Turn left onto Stage Rd 37.8 mi
    Lunch 37.9 mi
    Turn left onto Pescadero Creek Rd 38.0 mi
    Continue onto CA-84 E 50.9 mi
    Slight right onto Old La Honda Rd 54.8 mi
    Turn left onto CA-35 57.4 mi
    Turn right toward CA-84 E 58.9 mi
    Turn right onto CA-84 E 58.9 mi
    Sharp right onto Portola Rd 62.3 mi
    Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd 63.1 mi
    Slight left to stay on Sand Hill Rd 65.1 mi
    Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave 66.8 mi
    Turn left onto Junipero Serra Blvd 66.9 mi
    Continue onto Foothill Expy 69.4 mi
    Turn right onto W Edith Ave 72.1 mi
    Turn left onto University Ave 72.1 mi


  • Mon, July 09, 2018 8:04 PM | Anonymous member

    Coastal Classic Backwards Plus Lobitos and Skyline / Page

    Kings, Tunitas, Lobitos, Verde, Lobitos Cutoff, Tunitas, Hwy 1, Stage Road, 84, West OLH,Skyline, Down Page 65 miles, 6600 ft.

    Lunch at The Bike Hut. Rain Cancels.

    Ride Leader Steve Chapel

    Route on Ride with GPS

    Turns    Distance
    Start Shoup Park    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
    Cont. Woodside Rd    12
    L Tripp Rd    13.1
    L Kings Mountain Rd    14
    Cont. onto Tunitas Creek Rd    18.3
    R Lobitos Creek Rd    24
    L Verde Rd    28.1
    L Lobitos Creek Cutoff    28.3
    R Tunitas Creek Rd    30
    L CA-1 S    32
    L Stage Rd    33.5
    L CA-84 E    34.7
    R Old La Honda Rd    46.1
    R CA-35    48.7
    L Page Mill Rd    54.4
    R Altamont Rd    60.9
    L Taaffe Rd    61.9
    R Elena Rd    62.8
    L Robleda Rd    63
    L Chapin Rd    63.8
    L Burke Rd    64.1
    R University Ave    64.5
    R Shoup Park    64.7
    End of route    64.7

  • Wed, July 04, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Hills-R-Us ride for 7/4/18 will be: The Coastal Classic. 


    Link: 
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9610455
    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance:  56 miles
    Elevation:  5500 ft
    Lunch: The Bike Hut, bring or buy at 
    La Honda Mkt
      
    Route:
    Shoup Park
    L University Ave

    L Burke Rd

    R Old Altos Rd

    R W Fremont Rd

    L Concepcion Rd

    R Purissima Rd

    L Arastradero Rd

    L Page Mill Rd

    R Arastradero Rd 

    L Alpine Rd

    R Portola Rd 

    Regroup at Little Peoples Park

    L Old La Honda Rd 

    Regroup at top (Skyline Blvd)

    S Old La Honda West

    L CA Hwy 84 group

    Regroup at La Honda Mkt

    L Stage Rd

    R Hwy 1

    R Tunitas Creek

    Lunch at the Bike Hut

    Regroup at top (Skyline Blvd)

    C Kings Mountain

    L Woodside Rd (Hwy 84)

    Regroup at Roberts Store

    R Mountain Home Rd

    L Manzanita Wy

    L Sand Hill Rd

    R Santa Cruz Ave

    L Junipero Serra Blvd 

    C Foothill Expy.

    R Main St

    L University Ave

    R Shoup Park        


  • Wed, June 27, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member
    Weather looks nice for a ride to Pescadero. Rain cancels.


    Taafe, Page Mill, W. Alpine to Pescadero, back on Stage and 84.

    Distance : 66 miles

    Elevation : 6400 ft

    Lunch : Arcangeli Grocery

    Leader : Doug Hahn


    ridewgps :: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2175070


    Route ::

    Shoup Park
    L University
    L Burke, almost to end
    R Chapin
    cont. Robleda, to end
    R Elena
    L Taaffe
    R Altamont
    REGROUP Black Mountain
    cont. Altamont
    L Page Mill
    REGROUP Skyline
    X Skyline
    cont. W Alpine
    L Pescadero
    REGROUP Sam McDonald(?) Park (on R, before summit)
    cont. Pescadero
    R Stage
    LUNCH Arcangeli's Bakery
    cont. Stage
    R Hwy 84
    R W Old La Honda
    L Skyline
    REGROUP Skywood Mkt, Sky Londa
    L Hwy 84 (towards Woodside)
    R Portola Rd, to end
    L Sand Hill
    R+L Alpine to Junipero Serra
    X Oregon/Page Mill
    cont. Foothill
    R Main/Burke
    L University
    R Shoup Park
    

  • 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


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