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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, November 14, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Thinking of going South to look for cleaner air. I don't know what the conditions will be so each person needs to decide their appropriate exposure level.

    The route contains a short bike-path connector to Deodar Ln. Mt. Eden, Pierce, Peach Hill, Shannon / Kennedy and extra maze on way home between Los Gatos and Saratoga.. Rain cancels.

    Distance: 48 miles
    Elevation: 3500 ft per Ride With GPS
    Lunch: Los Gatos Town Plaza Park

    Link to route at Ride With GPS

    Turns Miles
    Start Shoup Park 0
    R University Ave 0.07
    L S El Monte Ave 0.6
    R Foothill Expy 0.72
    Cont. N Foothill Blvd 4.42
    Cont. Stevens Canyon Rd 5.62
    Cont. Mt Eden Rd 8.78
    R Damon Ln 10.91
    L Teerlink Way 10.94
    R Pierce Rd 11.24
    L Big Basin Way 12.1
    R 6th St 13.48
    L St Charles St 13.54
    Sharp right onto Oak St 13.66
    L Lomita Ave 13.7
    L Vickery Ave 13.91
    R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 14.31
    R Montalvo Rd 14.33
    L Piedmont Rd 14.98
    R Peach Hill Rd 15.53
    L Glen Una Dr 16.36
    R to stay on Glen Una Dr 16.63
    R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 17.14
    R Austin Way 17.54
    R Lancaster Rd 17.75
    L Matilija Dr 18.02
    L Ojai Dr 18.38
    L Greenwood Ln 18.48
    R Greenwood Rd 18.98
    L Withey Rd 19.31
    R Beck Ave 19.86
    R Hernandez Ave 19.88
    R Glen Ridge Ave 20.48
    L Pennsylvania Ave 20.59
    R Bayview Ave 20.68
    L W Main St 20.71
    Cont. Los Gatos Blvd 21.43
    R Kennedy Rd 22.01
    L to stay on Kennedy Rd 24.11
    L Shannon Rd 25.32
    L Englewood Ave 27.79
    R Kennedy Rd 28.2
    Cont. Caldwell Ave 28.42
    L Bella Vista Ave 28.59
    Cont. New York Ave 28.99
    L Pleasant St 29.08
    R E Main St 29.22
    R University Ave 29.7
    L Bachman Ave 30.04
    R N Santa Cruz Ave 30.13
    Cont. Winchester Blvd 30.87
    L Daves Ave 31.07
    R Vía Caballero 31.9
    Cont. Twin Creeks Rd 32.07
    L Quito Rd 32.65
    R Sobey Rd 32.69
    L Chester Ave 33.57
    R to stay on Chester Ave 33.6
    L Allendale Ave 34.93
    R to stay on Allendale Ave 35.32
    R to stay on Allendale Ave 35.53
    R Fruitvale Ave 35.73
    R Saratoga Ave 36.03
    L Scotland Dr 36.1
    R Cumberland Dr 36.63
    L Cox Ave 37.17
    Cont. Wardell Rd 37.75
    R Arroyo De Arguello 38.08
    Cont. Vía Roncole 38.56
    L Prospect Rd 38.85
    Cont. S Stelling Rd 39.12
    L Rainbow Dr 39.61
    R Bubb Rd 40.11
    L Hyannisport Dr 40.87
    R Linda Vista Dr 41.34
    Turn left to stay on Linda Vista Dr 41.39
    L McClellan Rd 41.53
    McClellan  becomes Mira Vista Ave 41.88
    L Palm Ave 42.04
    R Mira Vista Rd 42.04
    L Janice Ave 42.29
    L Stevens Creek Blvd 42.48
    R N Foothill Blvd 42.58
    Cont. Foothill Expy 43.24
    L Main St 47.58
    Turn right 47.84
    End Shoup Park 47.89


  • Wed, November 07, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Valerie has graciously agreed to host the HRU gang to lunch at her house at 2100 Bear Gulch.  About 1 1/2 miles from Skyline. Warm up is Kings, Star Hill, Swett.  

    54 miles / 5,700 feet

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28888272

      Turn left onto University Ave
    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
    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 Left Turn left onto Alpine Rd 6.6
    1.1 Right Turn right onto Portola Rd 7.7
    3.4 Left Turn left to stay on Portola Rd 11.1
    0.2 Left Slight left to stay on Portola Rd 11.3
    0.6 Straight Continue onto Woodside Rd 12
    1.1 Left Slight left onto Tripp Rd 13.1
    0.9 Left Turn left onto Kings Mountain Rd 13.9
    4.3 Straight Continue onto Tunitas Creek Rd 18.3
    1.3 Right Slight left onto Star Hill Rd 19.6
    0.6 Left Turn left onto Swett Rd 20.1
    0.9 Right Turn right onto CA-35 21
    2.5 Right Turn right onto Bear Gulch Rd 23.5

    2.8 Right Turn right onto CA-35 26.2
    2.3 Right Turn right toward CA-84 W 28.5
    0 Right Turn right onto CA-84 W 28.6
    6.7 Left Turn left onto Pescadero Creek Rd 35.2
    1.1 Straight Continue straight onto Alpine Rd 36.4
    2.7 Left Turn left to stay on Alpine Rd 39
    4.8 Straight Continue onto Page Mill Rd 43.9
    6.4 Right Turn right onto Altamont Rd 50.3
    1.1 Left Turn left onto Taaffe Rd 51.4
    0.3 Left Turn left to stay on Taaffe Rd 51.6
    0.6 Right Turn right onto Elena Rd 52.3
    0.2 Left Turn left onto Robleda Rd 52.4
    0.8 Right Slight right onto Chapin Rd 53.3
    0.3 Right Turn right onto Burke Rd 53.5



  • Mon, October 29, 2018 11:16 AM | Anonymous member

    NOTE:  The starting location for this ride will be the Pioneer Saloon (corner of Woodside Rd (84) and Whiskey Hill Road)  NOT SHOUP

    It promises to be a great day on the coast so lets explore Pacifica and Devils Slide.

    Distance 61 mi  Climb 4800 ft

    Lunch:  San Benito House in Half Moon Bay

    RidewithGPS Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28842578

    Turn left onto Woodside Rd 0.0 mi
    Slight right onto Cañada Road 0.2 mi
    Turn right onto Ralston Avenue Bike Trail 7.4 mi
    Regroup 8.4 mi
    Turn left onto Ralston Ave 8.4 mi
    Continue onto Polhemus Rd 8.6 mi
    Turn left onto Crystal Springs Rd 10.5 mi
    Continue onto Sawyer Camp Recreation Trail 11.4 mi
    REGROUP 11.4 mi
    Turn right to stay on Sawyer Camp Recreation Trail 16.5 mi
    REGROUP 17.4 mi
    Continue onto Hillcrest Blvd 17.4 mi
    Turn left onto Skyline Blvd 17.5 mi
    Turn left onto Larkspur Dr 18.1 mi
    REGROUP 18.2 mi
    Turn right onto San Andreas Trail 18.2 mi
    Slight right to stay on San Andreas Trail 19.6 mi
    REGROUP 20.2 mi
    Turn left onto Skyline Blvd 20.2 mi
    Turn left onto Sharp Park Rd 22.1 mi
    REGROUP 22.2 mi
    Turn left onto Bradford Way 24.2 mi
    REGROUP 24.2 mi
    Turn left onto Mori Point Rd 24.7 mi
    Continue onto CA-1 S 24.8 mi
    Turn right toward California Coastal Trail/Devil's Slide Trail 27.8 mi
    RESTROOMS REGROUP 27.8 mi
    Continue onto California Coastal Trail/Devil's Slide Trail 27.9 mi
    Turn left toward CA-1 S 29.2 mi
    Turn right onto CA-1 S 29.3 mi
    Turn left onto Kelly Ave 39.0 mi
    Turn left onto Main St 39.2 mi
    U-Turn 39.3 mi
    LUNCH 39.3 mi
    Turn left onto Cabrillo Hwy S 40.4 mi
    Turn left onto Verde Rd 45.1 mi
    Turn right to stay on Verde Rd 45.2 mi
    REGROUP 45.2 mi
    Slight left onto Lobitos Creek Rd 45.4 mi
    Slight left onto Tunitas Creek Rd 49.5 mi
    Turn left to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 53.9 mi
    Continue onto Kings Mountain Rd 55.2 mi
    Turn left onto Woodside Rd 60.2 mi
    Turn right 61.2 mi


  • Wed, October 24, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Hills-R-Us route:  Kings, Tunitas, Lobitos Creek, Lobitos Creek Cutoffand return via Tunitas / Kings 

     

    Weather forecast is good but rain cancels and poor weather may result in route change.


    Route link:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4242048

     

    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance:  55 miles
    Elevation:  5500 ft 
    Lunch: Bring lunch for Bike Hut

     

    Route:

    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, October 17, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The days are getting shorter so let's get at least one more ride to Pescadero before the weather turns. Rain cancels.

    65 miles, 6500 ft. Lunch at Archangeli's Bakery.

    Route on Ride with GPS

    Notes Miles
    Shoup Park 0.0
    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 2.3
    L Arastradero Rd 3.7
    L Page Mill Rd 4.4
    R Arastradero Rd 4.6
    L Alpine Rd 6.6
    R Portola Rd 7.8
    L Old La Honda Rd 10.7
    L CA-35 14.1
    R Old La Honda Rd 14.1
    L CA-84 W 16.7
    L Stage Rd 28.1
    L Pescadero Creek Rd 35.4
    R Alpine Rd 47.2
    Cont. Page Mill Rd 54.7
    R Altamont Rd 61.1
    L Taaffe Rd 62.2
    R Elena Rd 63.1
    L Robleda Rd 63.3
    R Chapin Rd 64.1
    L Burke Rd 64.3
    R University Ave 64.8
    Turn right 64.9
    Shoup Park 65.0
  • Mon, October 08, 2018 1:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Kennedy Shannon With Extra Maze

    The route contains a short bike-path connector to Deodar Ln. Mt. Eden, Pierce, Peach Hill, Shannon / Kennedy and extra maze on way home between Los Gatos and Saratoga.. Rain cancels.

    Distance: 48 miles. Elevation: 3500 ft per Ride With GPS
    Lunch: Los Gatos Town Plaza Park
    Ride Leader: Doug Hahn subbing for Steve Chapel

    Link to route at Ride With GPS

    Turns Miles
    Start Shoup Park 0
    R University Ave 0.07
    L S El Monte Ave 0.6
    R Foothill Expy 0.72
    Cont. N Foothill Blvd 4.42
    Cont. Stevens Canyon Rd 5.62
    Cont. Mt Eden Rd 8.78
    R Damon Ln 10.91
    L Teerlink Way 10.94
    R Pierce Rd 11.24
    L Big Basin Way 12.1
    R 6th St 13.48
    L St Charles St 13.54
    Sharp right onto Oak St 13.66
    L Lomita Ave 13.7
    L Vickery Ave 13.91
    R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 14.31
    R Montalvo Rd 14.33
    L Piedmont Rd 14.98
    R Peach Hill Rd 15.53
    L Glen Una Dr 16.36
    R to stay on Glen Una Dr 16.63
    R Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 17.14
    R Austin Way 17.54
    R Lancaster Rd 17.75
    L Matilija Dr 18.02
    L Ojai Dr 18.38
    L Greenwood Ln 18.48
    R Greenwood Rd 18.98
    L Withey Rd 19.31
    R Beck Ave 19.86
    R Hernandez Ave 19.88
    R Glen Ridge Ave 20.48
    L Pennsylvania Ave 20.59
    R Bayview Ave 20.68
    L W Main St 20.71
    Cont. Los Gatos Blvd 21.43
    R Kennedy Rd 22.01
    L to stay on Kennedy Rd 24.11
    L Shannon Rd 25.32
    L Englewood Ave 27.79
    R Kennedy Rd 28.2
    Cont. Caldwell Ave 28.42
    L Bella Vista Ave 28.59
    Cont. New York Ave 28.99
    L Pleasant St 29.08
    R E Main St 29.22
    R University Ave 29.7
    L Bachman Ave 30.04
    R N Santa Cruz Ave 30.13
    Cont. Winchester Blvd 30.87
    L Daves Ave 31.07
    R Vía Caballero 31.9
    Cont. Twin Creeks Rd 32.07
    L Quito Rd 32.65
    R Sobey Rd 32.69
    L Chester Ave 33.57
    R to stay on Chester Ave 33.6
    L Allendale Ave 34.93
    R to stay on Allendale Ave 35.32
    R to stay on Allendale Ave 35.53
    R Fruitvale Ave 35.73
    R Saratoga Ave 36.03
    L Scotland Dr 36.1
    R Cumberland Dr 36.63
    L Cox Ave 37.17
    Cont. Wardell Rd 37.75
    R Arroyo De Arguello 38.08
    Cont. Vía Roncole 38.56
    L Prospect Rd 38.85
    Cont. S Stelling Rd 39.12
    L Rainbow Dr 39.61
    R Bubb Rd 40.11
    L Hyannisport Dr 40.87
    R Linda Vista Dr 41.34
    Turn left to stay on Linda Vista Dr 41.39
    L McClellan Rd 41.53
    McClellan  becomes Mira Vista Ave 41.88
    L Palm Ave 42.04
    R Mira Vista Rd 42.04
    L Janice Ave 42.29
    L Stevens Creek Blvd 42.48
    R N Foothill Blvd 42.58
    Cont. Foothill Expy 43.24
    L Main St 47.58
    Turn right 47.84
    End Shoup Park 47.89


  • Tue, October 02, 2018 10:32 AM | Anonymous member

    The weather forecast is changing in our favor so lets do the Coastal Classic. Significantly wet roads will change the route to Kenndey/Shannon

    Distance 56 mi Climb 5200 ft

    Lunch:  Bring Lunch to eat at the Bike Hut

    RidewithGPS Link: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9610455

    Turn left onto University Ave 0.1 mi
    Turn left onto Burke Rd 0.2 mi
    Turn right onto Old Altos Rd 0.3 mi
    Turn right onto Fremont Rd 0.4 mi
    Turn left onto Concepcion Rd 1.5 mi
    Turn right onto Purissima Rd 2.4 mi
    Turn left to stay on Purissima Rd 2.6 mi
    Turn left onto Arastradero Rd 3.7 mi
    Turn left onto Page Mill Rd 4.4 mi
    Turn right onto Arastradero Rd 4.7 mi
    Turn left onto Alpine Rd 6.7 mi
    Turn right onto Portola Rd 7.8 mi
    Turn left onto Old La Honda Rd 10.7 mi
    Turn left onto CA-35/Skyline Blvd 14.1 mi
    Turn right onto Old La Honda Rd 14.1 mi
    Slight left onto CA-84 W 16.7 mi
    Turn right onto Stage Rd 28.1 mi
    Turn right onto CA-1 N 29.3 mi
    Turn right onto Tunitas Creek Rd 30.8 mi
    Turn right to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 32.8 mi
    Turn left to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 38.9 mi
    At Tunitas Creek and Skyline Blvd, continue onto Kings Mountain Rd 40.2 mi
    Turn left onto Woodside Rd 45.2 mi
    Turn right onto Whiskey Hill Rd 46.2 mi
    Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd 47.5 mi
    Slight left to stay on Sand Hill Rd 48.7 mi
    Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave 50.5 mi
    Turn left onto G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 50.6 mi
    Continue onto Foothill Expy 53.0 mi
    Turn right onto Main St 56.0 mi
    Turn left onto University Ave 56.1 mi
    Turn right 56.2 mi


  • Wed, September 26, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HRU this week is Big Basin + China Grade.  Redwood  Gulch is a popular shortcut option on this ride.

    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


  • Wed, September 19, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Trying to avoid the road work. A trip to the bike hut should be nice.


    Old La Honda, West OLH, Hwy 84, Stage Road, Tunitas, Kings, Whisky Hill, Sand Hill, Footill to Shoup.
    
    Lunch at Bike Hut. 56 miles, 5200 ft. Rain cancels.
    
    Link to route on Ride With GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9610455
    
    Notes   Distance
    Start of route  0.0
    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
    L Old La Honda Rd       10.7
    L CA-35/Skyline Blvd    14.1
    R Old La Honda Rd       14.1
    Slight left onto CA-84 W        16.7
    R Stage Rd      28.1
    R CA-1 N        29.3
    R Tunitas Creek Rd      30.8
    Cont. Kings Mountain Rd 40.2
    L Woodside Rd   45.2
    R Whiskey Hill Rd       46.2
    L Sand Hill Rd  47.6
    R Santa Cruz Ave        50.5
    L G5/Junipero Serra Blvd        50.6
    Cont. Foothill Expy     53.0
    R Main St       56.0
    L University Ave        56.1
    Turn right      56.2
    End of route    56.3
    
  • Mon, September 10, 2018 2:07 PM | Anonymous member

    The weather forecast for Wed is for Cool conditions which means good clinbing weather so lets do Zayante. If it is desired to skip the gravel on Redwood Gulch we can go via Mt Eden instead.

    Distance 72 miles, Climb 7200 ft

    Lunch:  Bring lunch to eat along the route. Food also available at Zayante store

    RideWithGPS Link:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28249136

    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
    Regroup, Water 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 72.4 mi


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