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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.

  • Sun, March 17, 2019 10:15 PM | Anonymous member

    20-Mar-2019 7:10 AM Ride canceled. Very wet roads + more rain in the day’s forecast = no HRU today 

    Short and close to home, as rain is in the forecast.  

    37 miles, 3600 ft

    Bring food to eat on ride.

    Route on Ride with GPS 

    Note: rain cancels

  • Mon, March 11, 2019 2:09 PM | Anonymous member

    We finally have some good weather so let's stretch our legs a bit and do Kings, Tunitas, Lobitos and back.

    Link to RidewithGPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4242048

    Distance: 56 miles  Climb:  5500 feet

    Lunch at the Bike Hut

    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 1.4 mi
    Turn right onto Purissima Rd 2.3 mi
    Turn left to stay on Purissima Rd 2.5 mi
    Turn left onto Arastradero Rd 3.7 mi
    Turn left onto Arastradero Rd/Page Mill Rd 4.4 mi
    Turn right onto Arastradero Rd 4.6 mi
    Turn left onto Alpine Rd 6.6 mi
    Turn right onto Portola Rd 7.8 mi
    Turn left to stay on Portola Rd 11.2 mi
    Slight left to stay on Portola Rd 11.3 mi
    Continue onto Woodside Rd 12.0 mi
    Slight left onto Tripp Rd 13.1 mi
    Turn left onto Kings Mountain Rd 14.0 mi
    Continue onto Tunitas Creek Rd 18.3 mi
    Turn right to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 19.6 mi
    Slight right onto Lobitos Creek Rd 24.0 mi
    Sharp left onto Verde Rd 28.1 mi
    Turn left onto Lobitos Creek Cutoff 28.3 mi
    Turn right onto Tunitas Creek Rd 29.9 mi
    Lunch at Bike Hut 30.9 mi
    Turn right to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 32.1 mi
    Turn left to stay on Tunitas Creek Rd 38.2 mi
    Continue onto Kings Mountain Rd 39.5 mi
    Turn left onto Woodside Rd 44.5 mi
    Turn right onto Whiskey Hill Rd 45.4 mi
    Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd 46.8 mi
    Slight left to stay on Sand Hill Rd 48.0 mi
    Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave 49.8 mi
    Turn left onto G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 49.8 mi
    Keep right to stay on G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 50.3 mi
    Slight right to stay on Junipero Serra Blvd 50.7 mi
    Slight right to stay on Junipero Serra Blvd 51.7 mi
    Continue onto Foothill Expy 52.3 mi
    Turn right onto Main St 55.3 mi
    Turn left onto University Ave 55.3 mi
    Turn right 55.5 mi


  • Wed, March 06, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HRU Cancelled this week due to poor weather forecast

  • Wed, February 27, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Ride for a rainy day. As of now it looks like there will be serious storm Tuesday through Wednesday morning so the roads will likely be very wet and debris strewn. I expect conditions will cancel the ride.

    Quinn Hill, Mora, Blandor, Moody, Footill Park, Westridge, La Cresta
    30 miles, 3200 feet. Bring a snack for Foothills Park. Rain cancels.

    Route on Ride with GPS

    Notes Distance
    Start of route 0.0
    R University Ave 0.0
    R Quinnhill Rd 1.1
    L Summerhill Ave 1.5
    R Hilltop Dr 1.7
    L Hillview Rd 1.8
    R Fairway Dr 2.4
    Cont. onto Loyola Dr 2.9
    R Esberg Rd 3.1
    R Mora Dr 3.2
    R Sunhills Dr 3.9
    L Kenbar Rd 4.0
    R Rolly Rd 4.1
    L W Loyola Dr 4.2
    Cont. Camino Hermoso 4.4
    L Magdalena Ave 4.6
    L Blandor Way 5.0
    R Olive Tree Ln 5.1
    L Blandor Way 6.2
    L Magdalena Ave 6.3
    L Stonebrook Dr 6.7
    R Kate Dr 7.1
    L Teresa Way 7.2
    L Prospect Ave 7.5
    L La Loma Dr 7.8
    R Summit Wood Rd 8.1
    L onto Tepa Way 8.5
    L Moody Rd 8.7
    R Page Mill Rd 11.3
    L into Foothill Park 11.5
    L at lake 11.7
    R at Interpretive Center 12.5
    R at Top 13.2
    L Page Mill Rd 13.8
    L Arastradero Rd 13.8
    L Alpine Rd 16.1
    R Portola Rd 18.1
    R Westridge Dr 19.2
    R Alpine Rd 20.4
    L Arastradero Rd 23.3
    L Page Mill Rd 24.0
    R Arastradero Rd 26.0
    R La Cresta Dr 26.3
    R Viscaino Rd 27.2
    L Roble Ladera Rd 28.2
    Cont. Purissima Rd 28.3
    L Robleda Rd 28.6
    R Chapin Rd 29.3
    L Burke Rd 29.9
    R University Ave 30.2
    Turn right 30.6
    End of route 30.8


  • Mon, February 18, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    It's been raining, not many miles accumulated these past few weeks. If you'd like extra miles and climbing, Hicks (if open after the landslide) is an optional add-on. And watch your GPS device for a slight change to get to Montalvo!

    Rain Cancels.

    Leader: Cathy Switzer
    Distance: 45 miles
    Elevation: 3,295 feet
    Lunch: Los Gatos Town Plaza Park

    Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29324780 
    (NOTE: Route updated Mon 18-Feb @ 5:15 PM, apologies if you've already downloaded it)

    Right onto University Ave 0.1
    Left onto S El Monte Ave 0.7
    Right onto Foothill Expy 0.8
    Continue onto Foothill Blvd 4.4
    Continue onto Stevens Canyon Rd 5.7
    Continue onto Mt Eden Rd 8.9
    Left to stay on Mt Eden Rd 9.8
    Right onto Pierce Rd 11.2
    Left onto Big Basin Way/Congress Springs Rd 12.2
    Right onto 6th St 13.6
    Left onto St Charles St 13.6
    Right onto Oak St 13.7
    Left onto Lomita Ave 13.8
    Lomita Ave turns right and becomes Vickery Ave 14.1
    Slight left 14.1
    Left onto Montalvo Heights Dr 14.3
    Right onto Montalvo Rd 14.5
    Left onto Piedmont Rd 14.7
    Right 14.9
    Left 15
    Regroup 15
    Left 15.1
    Right onto Piedmont Rd 15.3
    Right onto Peach Hill Rd 15.6
    Left onto Glen Una Dr 16.4
    Right to stay on Glen Una Dr 16.7
    Right onto Saratoga Los Gatos Rd 17.2
    Right onto Ridgecrest Ave 18.6
    Left to stay on Ridgecrest Ave 18.8
    Left onto Beck Ave 19.2
    Right onto Hernandez Ave 19.3
    Slight right onto Glen Ridge Ave 19.9
    Left onto Pennsylvania Ave 20
    Right onto Bayview Ave 20.1
    Left onto W Main St 20.1
    Continue onto Los Gatos Blvd 20.9
    Right onto Kennedy Rd 21.4
    Left onto Shannon Rd 24.8
    Left to stay on Shannon Rd 26.6
    Left onto Englewood Ave 27.2
    Right onto Kennedy Rd 27.6
    Continue onto Caldwell Ave 27.9
    Left onto Bella Vista Ave 28
    Continue onto New York Ave 28.4
    Left onto Pleasant St 28.5
    Right onto E Main St 28.7
    Lunch in the Park 29.2
    Right onto Bayview Ave 29.4
    Left onto Pennsylvania Ave 29.4
    Right onto Glen Ridge Ave 29.5
    Left onto Beck Ave 30.2
    Right onto Ridgecrest Ave 30.3
    Left onto Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd 30.9
    Slight right onto Quito Rd 31.3
    Left onto Sobey Rd 31.8
    Left onto Chester Ave 32.6
    Left onto Allendale Ave 34
    Right onto Fruitvale Ave 34.8
    Right toward Kerwin Ranch Ct 35.1
    Left toward Kerwin Ranch Ct 35.1
    Left onto Kerwin Ranch Ct 35.2
    Continue onto Scotland Dr 35.2
    Right onto Glen Brae Dr 35.4
    Left onto Cox Ave 36.3
    Continue onto Wardell Rd 37
    Right onto Arroyo De Arguello 37.4
    Continue onto Vía Roncole 37.9
    Left onto Prospect Rd 38.1
    Continue onto S Stelling Rd 38.4
    Left onto Rainbow Dr 38.9
    Right onto Bubb Rd 39.4
    Left onto Hyannisport Dr 40.2
    Right onto Linda Vista Dr 40.6
    Left to stay on Linda Vista Dr 40.7
    Left onto McClellan Rd 40.8
    McClellan Rd turns slightly right and becomes Mira Vista Ave 41.2
    Left onto Palm Ave 41.3
    Right onto S Foothill Blvd 41.5
    Keep right at the fork 41.9
    Continue onto Foothill Expy 42.5
    Slight left to stay on Foothill Expy 42.9
    Left onto S El Monte Ave 46.2
    Right onto University Ave 46.4
    Left into Shoup Park 47
  • Mon, February 11, 2019 6:29 PM | Anonymous member

    The ride for Wed Feb 13 will be Tartan Trail & Bunker Hill.  Rain is almost certain so the ride will most likely be canceled.  We will then try to reschedule the same ride on Thursday or Friday but the weather looks sketchy then also so stay tuned.


    Link:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29314449

    Distance: 54 miles

    Elevation: 4700 feet

    Lunch is at the shopping center on Polhemus

    Route:

    Turn left onto University Ave 0.1 mi
    Turn right onto Main St 0.2 mi
    Turn left onto Foothill Expy 0.2 mi
    Slight left to stay on Foothill Expy 1.9 mi
    Continue onto G5/Junipero Serra Blvd 3.3 mi
    Turn right onto Santa Cruz Ave 5.7 mi
    Turn left onto Sand Hill Rd 5.8 mi
    Turn right onto Manzanita Way 8.9 mi
    Turn right to stay on Manzanita Way 9.9 mi
    Turn right onto Mountain Home Rd 10.2 mi
    Turn left onto Woodside Rd 10.6 mi
    Turn right onto Cañada Road 10.6 mi
    Turn right onto Godetia Dr 12.1 mi
    Regroup at Top of Godetia 12.6 mi
    Turn left onto Jefferson Ave 12.6 mi
    Turn right onto Glencrag Way 12.9 mi
    Continue onto Maple Way 13.4 mi
    Turn left onto W Maple Way 13.6 mi
    Turn left onto Eastview Way 14.0 mi
    Turn right to stay on Eastview Way 14.0 mi
    Turn left onto Hillcrest Way 14.3 mi
    Turn left onto Glenloch Way 14.6 mi
    Slight left onto Sylvan Way 15.0 mi
    Turn left onto Lakeview Way 15.8 mi
    Turn left onto Cordilleras Rd 16.3 mi
    Turn left onto Edgewood Rd 16.3 mi
    Slight right toward Crestview Dr 16.6 mi
    Continue straight onto Crestview Dr 16.8 mi
    Regroup at Crestview Park 17.5 mi
    Continue onto Hallmark Dr 19.0 mi
    Turn left onto Ralston Ave 20.5 mi
    Continue onto Polhemus Rd 21.1 mi
    Continue onto Crystal Springs Rd 23.1 mi
    Turn left onto Tartan Trail Rd 23.3 mi
    Turn right to stay on Tartan Trail Rd 23.9 mi
    Turn left onto Black Mountain Rd 24.4 mi
    Turn right onto Wedgewood Dr 24.4 mi
    Continue onto Black Mountain Rd 24.4 mi
    Turn left onto CA-35 S/Hayne Rd 24.9 mi
    Turn left onto CA-35 S 25.1 mi
    Turn left onto Crystal Springs Rd 26.4 mi
    Turn right onto Polhemus Rd 27.3 mi
    Lunch at Shopping Center 28.4 mi
    Turn right onto Bunker Hill Dr 28.4 mi
    Turn left onto CA-35 S 29.6 mi
    Turn left onto CA-92 E/Ralston Ave 30.5 mi
    Slight right to stay on CA-92 E/Ralston Ave 31.0 mi
    Slight right toward Cañada Road (signs for Cañada Road) 31.1 mi
    Continue straight onto Cañada Road 31.2 mi
    Turn right onto Olive Hill Ln 37.7 mi
    Turn left onto Albion Ave 38.1 mi
    Turn right onto Manuella Ave 38.6 mi
    Turn right onto Kings Mountain Rd 39.0 mi
    Turn left onto Tripp Rd 39.4 mi
    Continue onto Woodside Rd 40.3 mi
    Slight left onto Portola Rd 41.4 mi
    Turn right to stay on Portola Rd 42.2 mi
    Turn left onto Westridge Dr 44.5 mi
    Turn right onto Cervantes Rd 45.0 mi
    Turn right onto Minoca Rd 46.3 mi
    Slight left onto Golden Oak Dr 46.9 mi
    Turn left onto Alpine Rd 47.1 mi
    Turn right onto Arastradero Rd 47.1 mi
    Turn left onto Page Mill Rd 49.1 mi
    Keep right at the fork 49.3 mi
    Turn right onto Arastradero Rd 49.4 mi
    Turn right onto La Cresta Dr 50.3 mi
    Turn right onto Viscaino Rd 51.3 mi
    Turn left onto Roble Ladera Rd 51.4 mi
    Continue onto Purissima Rd 51.8 mi
    Turn left onto Robleda Rd 52.4 mi
    Slight right onto Chapin Rd 53.1 mi
    Turn left onto Burke Rd 53.3 mi
    Turn right onto University Ave 53.7 mi
    Slight right to stay on University Ave 53.8 mi
    Turn right 53.9 mi


  • Wed, February 06, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Hills-R-Us ride for 2/6/19 will be: The Coastal Classic.  Looks like it will be a mostly sunny but cold day.

    If the weather looks bad on Wed let’s have Mike K’s Swan Song as a backup: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5193536

    Rain Cancels!


    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, January 30, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    There is rain expected later on Wednesday so we can try hitting the mountains while it is still dry. If there is a front coming in and Skyline is fogged in then we can try an alternate (BELOW).

    Page mill, West Alpine, HW 84, West OLH. Lunch at Skylonda. RAIN CANCELS!

    Lunch :: Skylonda

    42 miles, 4,500 feet

    Route on Ride with GPS

    Turns Distance
    Start Shoup Park 0.0
    L University Ave 0.1
    L Burke Rd 0.2
    R Chapin Rd 0.6
    Cont. Robleda Rd 0.9
    R Elena Rd 1.7
    L Taaffe Rd 1.9
    R Altamont Rd 2.8
    L Page Mill Rd 3.8
    Cont. Alpine Rd 10.3
    R Cont. Alpine Rd 15.1
    Cont. Pescadero Cre 17.8
    R CA-84 E 18.9
    R Old La Honda Rd 22.8
    L CA-35 25.4
    R CA-84 E 26.9
    R Portola Rd 30.3
    L Alpine Rd 34.5
    R Arastradero Rd 35.6
    L Page Mill Rd 37.6
    R Arastradero Rd 37.8
    R Purissima Rd 38.5
    L Robleda Rd 40.4
    R onto Chapin Rd 41.0
    L Burke Rd 41.2
    R University Ave 41.7
    R into Shoup 41.8
    Shoup Park 41.9


    Alternate::

    Tour Around Los Altos/Portola Hills

    Quinn Hill, Mora, Blandor, Moody, Footill Park, Westridge, La Cresta
    30 miles, 3200 feet. Bring a snack for Foothills Park. Rain cancels.

    Route on Ride with GPS

  • Wed, January 23, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    39 Miles, 4500 Ft. Option to do coastal classic. Bring food to eat at regroups. Rain Cancels.

    RideWithGPS: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11933642


    Shoup
    L University 0.1
    L Burke 0.2
    R Old Altos 0.3
    R Fremont 0.4
    L Concepcion 1.5
    R Purissima 2.4
    L Arastradero 3.7
    L Page Mill 4.4
    R Arastradero 4.7
    L Alpine 6.7
    R Portola 7.8
    L Old La Hond 10.7
    L Skyline 14.1
    R W Old La Honda 14.1
    L CA-84 16.7
    L Pescadero 20.6
    Cont. Alpine 21.7
    Cont. Page Mill 29.2
    R Altamont 36.5
    L Taaffe 36.7
    R Elena 37.6
    L Robleda 37.8
    R Chapin 38.6
    L Burke 38.9
    R University 39.3
    R Shoup 39.5


  • Mon, January 14, 2019 4:54 PM | Anonymous member

    This route takes us across the newly completed Dam on Hwy 35.  It is almost certain to be canceled due to weather. If canceled it will be reschedule to Fri Jan 18 (weather permitting)

    Distance 48 mi Climb 4000 ft

    Lunch: Safeway on Polhemus

    RidewithGPS Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29168732

    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 Old Altos Rd 0.2 mi
    Turn right onto Fremont Rd 0.3 mi
    Turn left onto Concepcion Rd 1.4 mi
    Turn right onto Viscaino Rd 1.7 mi
    Turn right to stay on Viscaino Rd 1.8 mi
    Turn right onto Purissima Rd 2.4 mi
    Turn left onto Arastradero Rd 3.1 mi
    Turn left onto Page Mill Rd 3.8 mi
    Turn right onto Arastradero Rd 4.0 mi
    Turn left onto Alpine Rd 6.0 mi
    Turn right onto Portola Rd 7.2 mi
    Turn left to stay on Portola Rd 10.6 mi
    Continue onto Mountain Home Rd 10.8 mi
    Continue onto Cañada Road 12.8 mi
    Turn left onto CA-92 W 20.2 mi
    Turn right onto CA-35 20.8 mi
    Turn right onto Crystal Springs Rd 22.5 mi
    Turn right onto Polhemus Rd 23.4 mi
    Turn right 24.7 mi
    Turn right onto Polhemus Rd 24.8 mi
    Continue onto Ralston Ave 25.3 mi
    Turn right onto Hallmark Dr 26.0 mi
    Continue onto Crestview Dr 27.4 mi
    Turn left onto Edgewood Rd 29.7 mi
    Turn right onto Cordilleras Rd 30.1 mi
    Turn right onto Springdale Way 30.4 mi
    Turn left onto Lakeview Way 30.8 mi
    Turn right onto Sylvan Way 30.9 mi
    Continue onto Glenloch Way 31.7 mi
    Turn right onto Hillcrest Way 32.0 mi
    Turn left onto Eastview Way 32.4 mi
    Turn right onto Sunset Way 32.5 mi
    Turn right onto California Way 32.5 mi
    Turn left onto W California Way 32.8 mi
    Turn right to stay on W California Way 32.9 mi
    Turn left onto Jefferson Ave 33.4 mi
    Turn right to stay on Jefferson Ave 34.4 mi
    Turn right onto Emerald Hill Rd 34.7 mi
    Turn left onto Farm Hill Blvd 35.1 mi
    Turn right onto Mcgarvey Ave 35.7 mi
    Turn right onto Fernside St 35.8 mi
    Continue onto Alameda de las Pulgas 36.9 mi
    Continue onto Santa Cruz Ave 39.5 mi
    Turn left onto Junipero Serra Blvd 39.9 mi
    Continue onto Foothill Expy 42.3 mi
    Turn right onto Hillview Ave 42.8 mi
    Continue onto Fremont Rd 43.5 mi
    Turn right onto St Francis Rd 44.2 mi
    Turn left onto La Cresta Dr 44.8 mi
    Turn right onto Viscaino Rd 45.6 mi
    Turn left onto Roble Ladera Rd 45.7 mi
    Continue onto Purissima Rd 46.1 mi
    Turn left onto Robleda Rd 46.7 mi
    Slight right onto Chapin Rd 47.4 mi
    Turn left onto Burke Rd 47.6 mi
    Turn right onto University Ave 48.1 mi
    Turn left onto Lincoln Ave


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