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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.

  • Tue, March 05, 2013 9:45 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)

    Due to the rain on Wednesday, the Social D group is going to meet at Shoup (9:45 for 10:00 start) tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th.  We'll do the Wednesday listed ride, Louis Lunacy, Modified. Route sheet here, or see the Hills R Us blog entry for Wednesday March 6.

    Hope to see you there.  

    Martha and Gene  

  • Fri, March 01, 2013 2:57 PM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    After sharing leadership of Hills R Us for over a year, as well as having been substitute leader countless times before, Mike Harding has retired from leading Hills R Us. Thanks, Mike! We hope you'll be back to ride with us and will miss you.

    Martha Landis Kiernan, who co-leads the Social Climbers version of the ride, will join the route planning rotation in Mike's place.
  • Wed, February 27, 2013 10:00 AM | Anonymous member
    Hi All,  I have the following route for Wed 2/27/13.  Time to stretch our legs, weather forecast looks good but a route change is possible with high winds or heavy fog on Skyline or ocean-side.
    The Hills-R-Us route:  Pescadero Clockwise
    Route link:  http://www.schapel.info/sites/default/files/HillsRUs_Routes/routes/PescaderoClockwise.txt
    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance:  66 miles
    Elevation:  6400 ft 
    Lunch: Bring or buy lunch in Pescadero
    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
    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, February 20, 2013 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    DE/3.7 (4,100’)/44 San Carlos Hills Plus, II

    This ride sticks to mid-Peninsula hills, Redwood City to Belmont

    Start Shoup Park

    L  University

    R  Burke

    L  Foothill

    L  Page Mill

    R  Arastradero

    L  Alpine

    R  Portola

    R  Mountain Home

    Regroup @ Roberts

    C  Canada

    R  Edgewood

    L  Scenic (Palomar Park)

    L  Clifford

    L  Palomar Dr

    R  Palomar Dr

    L  Palomar Dr

    R  Palomar (steep)

    C  thru ped gate to

    Pebble Dr

    L  La Mesa

    R  Crestview

    R  Club Dr

    R  Beverly

    R  Bayview

    L  Dolton

    R  Beverly

    R  Windsor

    L  Devonshire

    S  Wellington @ San Carlos

    R  Shelford

    R,L  Shelford @ Dartmouth

    R  Buckland

    L  Ensenada

    R  Hillcrest @ Shelford

    L  Valley (down hill)

    L  Vine (steep)

    R  Vine @ Arden

    L  6th Av

    R  O’Neill

    L  Shopping ctr

        Optional coffee/snack stop;

        Peet’s, Starbuck’s, etc;

    R  6th Av

    L  Ralston Av

    L  Chula Vista

    L  Alameda

    R San Carlos

    R  Devonshire

    L  Windsor

    R, L @ Roslyn to Torino

    L  Melendy Dr

    R Hewitt Dr

    L  Brittan Av

    R Alameda

    C  Santa Cruz

    S @ Alpine

    L  Junipero Serra

    C  Foothill Expy

    R  Burke

    L  University

    End  Shoup Park

    PDF cue sheet (2-columns, 1-page)



    click image for larger version

    GPX track (for Garmin Edge 605, 705, 800)

    GPX route (for Garmin Edge 200, 305, 500)

    RideWithGPS page

  • Tue, February 19, 2013 11:52 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    I'm reorganizing some of the directory structure of the image files used on the Western Wheelers website to reduce clutter and chaos. I don't know how smart the underlying service is about it. If it isn't some of the older posts on this blog may suffer "broken image" links. I'll fix them up as they're found.
  • Wed, February 13, 2013 10:00 AM | Anonymous member
    It is going to be great weather so let’s do Kennedy Shannon with the option to come back via Mike’s Los Gatos Maze.

    Ride Leader Steve Chapel

    The route contains a short bike-path connector to Deodar Ln. 48 miles, 3400 ft. ACTC goats: MEN Mt. Eden/Pierce, PHO Peach Hill/Ojai, SKE Shannon Kennedy. Lunch is at about mile 30 at the Los Gatos Town Plaza Park, so it'll be late, around 1:30-2 pm. The post lunch route meanders through Monte Sereno/Saratoga but we could shorten it by 2-3 miles by taking Hwy 9 to Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd instead.

    Notes    Mile
    R  University Ave    0.06
    L  S El Monte Ave    0.6
    R  Foothill Expy    0.72
    Continue  N Foothill Blvd    4.41
    Continue  Stevens Canyon Rd    5.62
    Continue  Mt Eden Rd    8.78
    R  Damon Ln    10.91
    L  Teerlink Way    10.94
    R  Pierce Rd    11.23
    REGROUP at Winery   
    L  Big Basin Way    12.09
    R  6th St    13.47
    L  St Charles St    13.54
    Sharp right  Oak St    13.65
    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    14.97
    REGROUP Villa Montalvo   
    R  Peach Hill Rd    15.53
    Slight left  Glen Una Dr    16.35
    R to stay on Glen Una Dr    16.63
    R  Saratoga Los Gatos Rd    17.13
    R  Austin Way    17.54
    R  Lancaster Rd    17.74
    L  Matilija Dr    18.02
    L  Ojai Dr    18.37
    L  Greenwood Ln    18.48
    R  Greenwood Rd    18.97
    Path to   Deodar   
    L  Withey Rd    19.31
    R  Beck Ave    19.86
    R  Hernandez Ave    19.88
    R Glen Ridge Ave    20.47
    L  Pennsylvania Ave    20.58
    R  Bayview Ave    20.68
    L  W Main St    20.71
    REGROUP Town Plaza   
    Continue  Los Gatos Blvd    21.44
    R  Kennedy Rd    22.02
    REGROUP Top Kennedy   
    L  Shannon Rd    25.37
    L  Englewood Ave    27.84
    R  Kennedy Rd    28.26
    Continue  Caldwell Ave    28.48
    L  Bella Vista Ave    28.64
    Continue  New York Ave    29.04
    L  Pleasant St    29.13
    R  E Main St    29.27
    LUNCH - Town Plaza   
    R  University Ave    29.75
    L  Bachman Ave    30.09
    R  N Santa Cruz Ave    30.18
    Continue  Winchester Blvd    30.92
    L  Daves Ave    31.12
    R Vía Caballero    31.95
    Continue  Twin Creeks Rd    32.12
    L  Quito Rd    32.7
    R  Sobey Rd    32.74
    L  Chester Ave    33.62
    REGROUP Chester L turn   
    L  Allendale Ave    34.98
    R  Fruitvale Ave    35.79
    R  Saratoga Ave    36.08
    L  Scotland Dr    36.16
    REGROUP @ Scotland L turn   
    R  Cumberland Dr    36.68
    L  Cox Ave    37.22
    Continue  Wardell Rd    37.8
    R  Arroyo De Arguello    38.13
    Continue  Vía Roncole    38.62
    L  Prospect Rd    38.9
    Continue  S Stelling Rd    39.17
    L  Rainbow Dr    39.66
    R  Bubb Rd    40.16
    L  Hyannisport Dr    40.92
    R  Linda Vista Dr    41.39
    L to stay on Linda Vista Dr    41.44
    L  McClellan Rd    41.58
    L  Palm Ave    42.09
    R  Mira Vista Rd    42.1
    L  Janice Ave    42.34
    REGROUP before Stevens Creek L turn
    L  Stevens Creek Blvd    42.54
    R  N Foothill Blvd    42.63
    L  Main St    47.63
    R Shoup    47.89   

  • Wed, February 06, 2013 10:00 AM | Anonymous member
    Hi All,  I have the following route for Wed 2/6/13.  The weather forecast looks good but a route change is possible with high winds or heavy fog on Skyline or ocean-side.
    The Hills-R-Us route:  Page Mill, Portola State Park, WOLH
    Route link:  http://www.westernwheelersbicycleclub.memberlodge.com/hillsrus?mode=PostView&bmi=749240
    Leader: Paul Melville
    Distance:  46 miles
    Elevation:  5700 ft 
    Lunch: Bring or buy lunch at New La Honda Market in La Honda

    Left      University Ave

    Left      Burke Rd

    Right     Chapin Rd

    Straight  Robleda Rd

    Right     Elena Rd

    Left      Taaffe Rd

    Right     Altamont Rd

    REGROUP Altamont @ Black Mountain

    Left      Page Mill Rd

    REGROUP Skyline @ Page Mill

    Straight  Alpine Rd

    Bear L    Portola State Park Rd

    REGROUP Park HQ/Visitors Center

    U-Turn    Portola State Park Rd

    Left      Alpine Rd

    Straight  Pescadero Rd

    Right     CA-84 E

    REGROUP/LUNCH New La Honda Market

    Right     Old La Honda Rd

    Cross     Skyline Blvd

    Straight  Old La Honda Rd

    REGROUP Skyline @ OLH

    Right     Portola Rd

    Left      Alpine Rd

    Right     Arastradero Rd

    Left      Page Mill Rd

    Right     Arastradero Rd

    Right     Purissima Rd

    Left      Robleda Rd

    Slight R  Chapin Rd

    Left      Burke Rd

    Right     University Ave

    Arrive    Shoup Park
  • Wed, January 30, 2013 10:00 AM | Deleted user
    55 miles, 5600 ft. ACTC goats: KGM Kings Mountain, NAS Native Son, SHS Star Hill/Swett, BGW Bear Gulch West.  Bring or buy lunch (late in the ride) at Skywood Market, Sky Londa.
    Bear Gulch West is optional.

    Shoup Park
    L University
    R Burke
    L Foothill
    X Page Mill/Oregon
    cont. Junipero Serra, to end
    R+L Alpine to Sand Hill
    X over I-280
    R Whiskey Hill, to end
    L Hwy 84 (Woodside Rd)
    REGROUP Robert's Market, Woodside (@ Canada)
    cont. Hwy 84
    R Albion
    L Manuella, to end
    R Kings Mountain
    X Skyline (CA-35)
    REGROUP Skyline @ Tunitas
    cont. Tunitas
    L Star Hill
    R Native Son, to end: REGROUP
    U-turn back to Star Hill
    R Star Hill, to end: REGROUP
    U-turn back to Swett
    R Swett, to end
    R (from regroup) Skyline towards Sky Londa
    R Bear Gulch West, to gate
    U-turn back to Skyline
    R Skyline (to Sky Londa)
    REGROUP/LUNCH (ETA 2 pm) Skywood Market, Sky Londa
    L (from regroup) Hwy 84 towards Woodside
    R Portola (bottom of descent, almost 180 deg. turn)
    REGROUP Portola/Sand Hill junction
    R Portola, to end
    L Alpine
    R Arastradero, to end
    [optional restroom break: OSP Parking Lot on Arastradero]
    L Page Mill
    R Arastradero
    X under I-280
    R Purissima, to end
    L Robleda
    R Chapin (@ fork with Robleda continuing left), to end
    L Burke
    R University
    R Shoup Park

  • Wed, January 16, 2013 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Hi All, I have the following route for Wed 1/16/13. The weather forecast looks good (at least for Jan) but a route change is possible with high winds or heavy fog on Skyline or ocean-side.

    The Hills-R-Us route: OLH + W Alpine Route

    link: http://www.westernwheelersbicycleclub.memberlodge.com/hillsrus?mode=PostView&bmi=722782

    Leader: Paul Melville 

    Distance: 39 miles

    Elevation: 4300 ft

    Lunch: Bring or buy lunch at New La Honda Market in La Honda


    D  Shoup Park

    L  University Ave

    L  Burke Rd

    R  Old Altos Rd

    R  W Fremont Rd

    L  Concepcion Rd

    R  Purissima Rd

    L  Purissima Rd

    L  Arastradero Rd

    L  Page Mill Rd

    R  Arastradero Rd

    L  Alpine Rd

    R  Portola Rd

    REGROUP Alpine @ Portola

    L  Old La Honda Rd

    REGOUP OLH @ Skyline Blvd

    C  West Old La Honda


    L  CA-84 W

    REGROUP   New La Honda Market

    C  CA-84 W

    L  Pescadero Rd

    S  Alpine Rd

    S  Page Mill Rd

    REGROUP Page Mill @ Skyline

    R  Altamont Rd

    L  Taaffe Rd

    R  Elena Rd

    L  Robleda Rd

    R  Chapin Rd

    L  Burke Rd

    R  University Ave

    A  Shoup Park

  • Wed, January 16, 2013 10:00 AM | Anonymous member
    This week's route is Kennedy-Shannon with the short bike-path connector to get to Deodar. Lunch is at about mile 30 at the Los Gatos Town Plaza Park, so it'll be late, around 1:30-2 pm. The post lunch route is Hwy 9 to Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd and through the maze.

    About 45 miles and 3900 ft. of climbing.

    Ride Leader Steve Chapel. Rain cancels.

    Link to Route on Ride with GPS: (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2087320)

    Notes            Miles
    R  University Ave    0.06
    R  S El Monte Ave    0.68
    R  Foothill Expy    0.8
    Cont N Foothill Blvd    4.5
    Cont Stevens Canyon Rd    5.7
    Cont Mt Eden Rd        8.86
    R  Damon Ln        10.99
    L  Teerlink Way        11.02
    R  Pierce Rd        11.32
    REGROUP Mountain Winery on Pierce
    L  State Route 9 N    12.18
    R  6th St        13.56
    L  St Charles St    13.62
    Sharp right  Oak St    13.73
    L  Lomita Ave        13.78
    L  Vickery Ave        13.99
    R  Saratoga LosGatos Rd    14.39
    R  Montalvo Rd        14.41
    L  Piedmont Rd        15.05
    REGROUP Villa Montalvo
    R  Peach Hill Rd    15.61
    L  Glen Una Dr        16.43
    R  stay on Glen Una Dr    16.71
    R  Saratoga LosGatos Rd    17.22
    R  Austin Way        17.62
    R  Lancaster Rd        17.82
    L  Matilija Dr        18.1
    L  Ojai Dr        18.46
    L  Greenwood Ln        18.56
    R  Greenwood Rd         19.06
    Bike Path to Deodar
    L  Withey Rd        19.39
    R  Beck Ave        19.94
    R  Hernandez Ave    20.11
    Slt R  Glen Ridge Ave    20.7
    L  Pennsylvania Ave    20.82
    R  Bayview Ave        20.91
    L  W Main St        20.94
    REGROUP Los Gatos Town Plaza Park
    Cont Los Gatos Blvd    21.66
    R  Kennedy Rd        22.24
    L to stay on Kennedy Rd    24.34
    REGROUP Kennedy @ Top of the Hill Rd
    L  Shannon Rd        25.55
    L  Englewood Ave    28.01
    R  Kennedy Rd        28.43
    Cont Caldwell Ave    28.65
    L  Bella Vista Ave    28.81
    Cont New York Ave    29.21
    L  Pleasant St        29.31
    R  E Main St        29.44
    LUNCH Los Gatos Town Plaza Park
    R  University Ave    29.92
    L  Saratoga LosGatos Rd    30.39
    L  Wardell Rd        35.72
    R  Arroyo De Arguello    36.06
    Cont Vía Roncole    36.54
    L  Prospect Rd        36.83
    Cont S Stelling Rd    37.1
    L  Rainbow Dr        37.58
    R  Bubb Rd        37.82
    L  Hyannisport Dr    38.58
    R  Linda Vista Dr    39.05
    L  McClellan Rd        39.24
    L  Palm Ave        39.75
    R  Mira Vista Rd    39.75
    L  Janice Ave        40
    L  Stevens Creek Blvd    40.19
    R  N Foothill Blvd    40.29
    L  Main St        45.29
    L  University Ave    45.32
    R  Shoup Park        45.5
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