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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 March - November. Meet at 9 am for 9:15 departure
DE/3-4/35-70  December - February.  Meet at 10 am for 10:15 departure

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

  • Wed, July 05, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Hills-R-Us route:  Pescadero Clockwise
    Route link:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2175070

    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance:  66 miles
    Elevation:  6400 ft 
    Lunch: Bring or buy lunch in Pescadero
    Route:   Pescadero Clockwise  

    D  Shoup Park
    L  University Ave
    L  Burke Rd
    R  Chapin Rd
    S  Robleda Rd
    R  Elena Rd
    L  Taaffe Rd
    R  Taaffe Rd
    R  Altamont

    Rd Regroup at Black Rd
    L  Page Mill Rd

    Regroup Top of Page Mill
    S  Alpine Rd
    L  Pescadero Creek

    Rd Regroup at Sam McDonald Pk

    R  Stage Rd

    Lunch in Pescadero
    R  CA-84 E
    R  Old La Honda Rd
    L  CA-35 N

    Regroup in Sky La Honda
    L  CA-84
    R  Portola Rd
    L  Sand Hill Rd
    R  Santa Cruz Ave
    L  Foothill Expy (G5)
    R  Main St
    L  University Ave

    A Shoup Park

  • Wed, June 28, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member
    55 miles, 5600 ft. 

    Kings Mountain, NAS Native Sons, SHS Star Hill/Swett, BGW Bear Gulch West and home via Skyline and Page Mill.


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

    Link to route at Ride with GPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5498232

    Type    Notes            Miles
    Start    Shoup            0
    Left    University Ave    0.09
    Right    Main St            0.23
    Left    Foothill Expy    0.27
    Straight Junipero Serra Blvd    3.31
    Right    Santa Cruz Ave    5.72
    Left    Sand Hill Rd    5.83
    Right    Whiskey Hill Rd    8.75
    Left    Woodside Rd        10.14
    Right    Albion Ave        10.69
    Straight Manuella Ave    11.12
    Right    Kings Mountain    11.55
    Straight Tunitas Creek     16.27
    Right    Star Hill Rd    17.57
    Left    stay on Star Hill    18.14
    Right    Native Sons Rd    19.55
    DeadEnd    U Turn            21.07
    Right    Star Hill Rd    22.53
    DeadEnd U Turn            24.99
    Right    Swett Rd        28.86
    Right   CA-35            29.74
    Right    Bear Gulch Rd    32.22
    DeadEnd    U Turn            33.85
    Right    CA-35            35.54
    Left    Page Mill Rd    45.1
    Right    Altamont Rd        51.54
    Left    Taaffe Rd        52.61
    Left    to stay on Taaffe    52.89
    Right    Elena Rd        53.5
    Left    Robleda Rd        53.68
    Right    Chapin Rd        54.5
    Left    Burke Rd        54.75
    Right    University Ave    55.19
    Right    Turn right        55.33
    Right    Turn right        55.39
    End        Shoup            55.4
  • Mon, June 19, 2017 12:16 PM | Anonymous member

    It is going to be hot so lets stay on the ocean side.

    Lets do HMB with a bail-out shorter loop. Kings, Tunitas, Lobitas, Higgins and return via Lobitas Cutoff and Tunitas.

    66 miles 6100 ft. Ride Leader Steve Chapel

    The bail out is skip HMB and take Lobitas cutoff to bike hut.

    Route On Ride With GPS

    Depart       University Ave
    Right        Main St
    Left         Foothill Expy
    Right          Santa Cruz Ave
    Left        Sand Hill Rd
    Sharp RT    Whiskey Hill Rd
    Left        Woodside Rd
    Right        Greer Rd
    Left        Thru Gate into Huddart Park
    REGROUP Right into 1st Parking Lot
    Right to BATHROOMS and WATER
    Right        thru Parking Lot
    Left        Huddart Park Rd
    Right        Kings Mountain Rd
    REGROUP top of Kings Mountain Rd
    Right         Tunitas Creek Rd
    Right        Lobitas Creek Rd
    Right         Verde Rd
    Right         Purisima Creek Rd
    REGROUP Purisima Open Space BATHROOMS
    Left        Higgins Canyon Rd
    Right        Main Street
    Left        LUNCH at Garden Deli (356 Main)
    Right        Main Street
    Left        Highway 1
    Slight Left at 2nd Verde DON’T MISS
    2nd Left    Lobitas Creek Cutoff
    Left        Tunitas Creek Rd
    REGROUP top of Tunitas/Kings Mountain
    C         Kings Mountain Rd
    Left        Manuella Rd
    Right        Albion
    Left        Woodside Rd
    Right     Whiskey Hill Rd
    Left        Sand Hill Rd
    Right        Junipero Serra Blvd
    C        Foothill Blvd
    Right        W Edith Ave
    Left        University Ave
    Right        SHOUP PARK



  • Wed, June 14, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member
    Ride with GPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21181494
    Leader: Betty DeLuco
    Distance: 65 miles
    Elevation: 6,700 ft
    Lunch: Pescadero in back of Arcangeli deli

    L to exit Shoup Park
    L on University Avenue
    L on Burke Road
    R on Old Altos Road
    R on West Fremont Road
    L on Concepcion Road
    R on Purissima Road
    L on Elena Road
    R on Natoma Road
    R on Black Mountain Road

    R on Altamont Road                                                                      

    L on Page Mill Road                                                                                                    

    Continue climbing on Page Mill to Skyline. Cross Skyline and Regroup near restrooms at Skyline and West Alpine, then begin descent  

    L on Pescadero Road                                                                                                               

    R on Stage Road                                                                                                                 

    Lunch in Pescadero in back of Arcangeli deli                                                                            

    L on Stage Road
    R on La Honda Road, CA 84
    R on Pescadero Road
    S on Alpine Road
    S on Page Mill
    Regroup top of Page Mill
    R on Moody Road
    Continue onto South El Monte Avenue
    L on University Avenue
    L into Shoup Park

  • Wed, June 07, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HRU this week is Big Basin + China Grade.  Rain cancels.

    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

  • HMB

    Wed, May 31, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HMB

    cancel if raining, may be cool in HMB

    Distance :: 68 mi

    Elevation :: 6200 ft

    Lunch :: San Benito House

    Leader :: Doug Hahn

    Route :: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1305847


    Route sheet ::


    Right Turn right onto Main St 0.2
    0.0 Left Turn left onto Foothill Expy 0.2
    1.6 Left Slight left to stay on Foothill Expy 1.8
    1.4 Straight Continue onto G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 3.2
    2.4 Right Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave 5.6
    0.1 Left Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd 5.8
    1.4 Left Keep left at the fork 7.2
    1.5 Right Sharp right onto Whiskey Hill Rd 8.7
    1.4 Left Turn left onto Woodside Rd 10.1
    0.9 Right Turn right onto Kings Mountain Rd 11.0
    5.0 Straight Continue onto Tunitas Creek Rd 16.0
    1.3 Right Turn right to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 17.3
    6.1 Right Tunitas Creek Rd turns slightly right and becomes Lobitos Creek Cutoff 23.4
    1.7 Right Turn right onto Verde Rd 25.0
    1.8 Right Turn right onto Purisima Creek Rd 26.8
    3.5 Left Turn left onto Higgins Canyon Rd 30.4
    5.3 Food
    35.7
    -0.9 Right Turn right onto Main St 34.8
    1.8 Right Turn right to stay on Main St 36.6
    0.0 Left Turn left onto CA-1 S 36.6
    3.2 Left Turn left onto Verde Rd 39.8
    0.4 Right Turn right to stay on Verde Rd 40.2
    1.6 Left Slight left onto Lobitos Creek Rd 41.8
    4.1 Left Slight left onto Tunitas Creek Rd 45.9
    4.4 Left Turn left to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 50.3
    1.3 Straight Continue onto Kings Mountain Rd 51.6
    5.0 Left Turn left onto Woodside Rd 56.6
    0.7 Right Turn right onto Mountain Home Rd 57.3
    0.4 Left Turn left onto Manzanita Way 57.7
    0.3 Left Turn left to stay on Manzanita Way 57.9
    1.0 Left Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd 59.0
    1.3 Left Slight left to stay on Sand Hill Rd 60.3
    1.8 Right Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave 62.1
    0.1 Left Turn left onto G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 62.2
    2.4 Straight Continue onto County Route G5/Foothill Expy 64.6
    3.0 Right Turn right onto Main St 67.6
    0.0 Left Turn left onto University Ave 67.6
  • Tue, May 23, 2017 11:43 AM | Anonymous member
    Lets do something different this week. Climb Hicks and around the back side. 62 miles, 4300 ft.

    Lunch at Almaden Lake Park via the Alamitos bike trail. 
    Ride leader Steve Chapel


    Route on Ride With GPS


    Turns
    Distance
    Start Shoup 0.0
    R University Ave 0.1
    L S El Monte Ave 0.7
    R Foothill Expy 0.9
    Cont. Stevens Canyon Rd 5.8
    Cont. Mt Eden Rd 8.9
    R Pierce Rd 11.2
    L CA-9 N 12.3
    R 6th St 13.6
    L St Charles St 13.7
    R Oak St 13.8
    L Lomita Ave 13.9
    L Vickery Ave 14.1
    R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 14.5
    L Los Gatos Blvd 18.3
    R Kennedy Rd 18.5
    R Shannon Rd 21.8
    R Hicks Rd 22.5
    L Alamitos Rd 29.5
    L Almaden Rd 31.0
    R McKean Rd 33.4
    Cont. Harry Rd 33.8
    L Camden Ave 34.2
    R toward Los Alamitos Creek Trail 36.3
    L Los Alamitos Creek Trail 36.4
    L Los Alamitos Creek Trail 36.4
    R Lake Almaden Trail 38.0
    R toward Coleman Rd 38.4
    L Coleman Rd 38.4
    R Camden Ave 40.8
    L Hicks Rd 40.8
    R Shannon Rd 41.8
    R Cherry Blossom Ln 44.8
    L Blossom Hill Rd 45.0
    L University Ave 46.1
    R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 46.6
    Cont. Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd 50.3
    L Wardell Rd 51.9
    R Arroyo De Arguello 52.3
    Cont. Via Roncole 52.8
    L Prospect Rd 53.1
    Cont.S Stelling Rd 53.3
    L Rainbow Dr 53.8
    R Bubb Rd 54.3
    L Columbus Ave 54.8
    R Santa Teresa Dr 55.1
    L Hyannisport Dr 55.4
    R Linda Vista Dr 55.5
    L McClellan Rd 55.7
    L Palm Ave 56.2
    R S Foothill Blvd 56.4
    L S El Monte Ave 61.1
    R University Ave 61.3
    Turn left into Shoup 61.9
  • Wed, May 17, 2017 8:45 AM | Anonymous member

    It's going to be cold on the coast so let's do Page Mill and Mount Eden.

    Route: Page Mill & Mount Eden

    Distance: 36 miles

    Elevation: 3670 ft

    http://www.westernwheelers.org/main/routes/spro/routesheets/ShoupPark_PageMill_MtEden.pdf


  • Wed, May 10, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member
    Route: Redwood Ramble Plus
    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance: 55 miles
    Elevation: 5700 ft
    Lunch: Sky Londa (late in the ride)

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5498232

    Start Shoup  
    L  University Ave
    R  Main St  
    L  Foothill Expy 
    R  Santa Cruz Ave
    L  Sand Hill Rd
    R  Whiskey Hill Rd
    L  Woodside Rd 
    R  Albion Ave
    S  Manuella Ave
    R  Kings Mountain
    S  Tunitas Creek
    R  Star Hill Rd
    L   stay on Star Hill
    R  Native Sons Rd
    DeadEnd U Turn  
    R  Star Hill Rd
    DeadEnd U Turn  
    R  Swett Rd 
    R   CA-35  Skyline
    R  Bear Gulch Rd
    DeadEnd U Turn  
    R  CA-35  
    L  Page Mill Rd
    R  Altamont Rd 
    L  Taaffe Rd 
    R  Elena Rd 
    L  Robleda Rd 
    R  Chapin Rd 
    L   Burke Rd 
    R  University Ave
    End     Shoup  
  • Wed, May 03, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Let's try last weeks ride but keep it cooler by going up OLH. Rain cancels.

    Lunch at the Bike Hut.

    Distance :: 56 Mi

    Elevation :: 5000 ft

    Leader :: Doug Hahn

    RWGPS :: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20782454


    Route Sheet ::


    Left Turn left onto University Ave 0.0
    0.1 Left Turn left onto Burke Rd 0.2
    0.1 Right Turn right onto Old Altos Rd 0.3
    0.1 Right Turn right onto Fremont Rd 0.4
    1.1 Left Turn left onto Concepcion Rd 1.4
    0.9 Right Turn right onto Purissima Rd 2.3
    0.2 Left Turn left to stay on Purissima Rd 2.5
    1.2 Left Turn left onto Arastradero Rd 3.7
    0.7 Left Turn left onto Page Mill Rd 4.4
    0.3 Right Turn right onto Arastradero Rd 4.6
    2.0 Left Turn left onto Alpine Rd 6.6
    1.1 Right Turn right onto Portola Rd 7.7
    2.9 Left Turn left onto Old La Honda Rd 10.6
    3.4 Left Turn left onto CA-35 14.0
    0.0 Right Turn right onto Old La Honda Rd 14.1
    2.6 Left Slight left onto CA-84 W 16.6
    11.4 Right Turn right onto Stage Rd 28.1
    1.2 Right Turn right onto CA-1 N 29.2
    1.5 Right Turn right onto Tunitas Creek Rd 30.8
    2.0 Right Turn right to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 32.8
    6.1 Left Turn left to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 38.9
    1.3 Straight Continue onto Kings Mountain Rd 40.2
    5.0 Left Turn left onto Woodside Rd 45.2
    0.9 Right Turn right onto Whiskey Hill Rd 46.1
    1.4 Left Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd 47.5
    1.2 Left Slight left to stay on Sand Hill Rd 48.7
    1.8 Right Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave 50.4
    0.1 Left Turn left onto Junipero Serra Blvd 50.5
    2.4 Straight Continue onto Foothill Expy 53.0
    3.0 Right Turn right onto Main St 56.0
    0.0 Left Turn left onto University Ave 56.0
    0.1 Right Turn right 56.2
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