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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.

  • Wed, March 14, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Mike Harding leads this week's 28 mile, 3500? ft. ride. Rain cancels.

    Cue sheet generated using googlemap_cuesheet from route: http://tinyurl.com/737hrfm

      Distance    |     Climbing     |      Directions
    Total    Last |  Elev Total Last | 
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
     0.00    0.00 |   209     0    0 | Depart    University Ave
     0.63    0.63 |   241    36   36 | Left      S El Monte Ave
     0.74    0.12 |   231    36    0 | Right     Foothill Expy
     2.37    1.63 |   226    37    1 | Right     Loyola Dr
     2.52    0.15 |   236    46    9 | Right     Loyola Dr
     2.56    0.03 |   238    48    2 | Slight Lt Loyola Dr
     2.58    0.02 |   240    50    2 | Slight Lt Terrace Dr
     2.90    0.32 |   282   105   55 | Slight Rt Mora Dr
     3.67    0.77 |   477   313  208 | Left      Mora Dr
     3.84    0.17 |   535   370   57 | Right     Sunhills Dr
     3.95    0.11 |   499   370    0 | Left      Kenbar Dr
     4.05    0.10 |   569   440   70 | Right     Rolly Rd
     4.16    0.11 |   557   440    0 | Left      W Loyola Dr
     4.37    0.21 |   544   461   21 | Right     Ravensbury Ave
     5.01    0.64 |   367   466    5 | Left      Camino Hermosa Dr
     5.09    0.08 |   414   514   47 | Left      Camino Hermosa Dr
     5.43    0.34 |   580   680  166 | Right     Magdalena Ave
     6.15    0.72 |   498   733   53 | Left      Stonebrook Dr
     6.42    0.27 |   458   756   23 | Straight  Laura Ct
     6.49    0.06 |   450   760    3 | Right     Kate Dr
     6.59    0.10 |   435   760    0 | Left      Teresa Way
     6.64    0.06 |   436   763    4 | Slight Rt Stonebrook Dr
     6.89    0.25 |   490   839   76 | Left      Prospect Ave
     7.25    0.36 |   565   914   75 | Left      La Loma Dr
     7.52    0.27 |   574   947   33 | Right     Summit Wood Rd
     7.87    0.35 |   434   954    6 | Left      Summit Wood Rd
     7.96    0.09 |   402   954    0 | Slight Lt Tepa Way
     8.13    0.17 |   357   959    5 | Right     Moody Rd
     8.17    0.04 |   366   968    9 | Left      Altamont Rd
     9.30    1.13 |   726  1330  362 | Right     Taaffe Rd
     9.58    0.27 |   595  1330    0 | Left      Taaffe Rd
    10.19    0.61 |   469  1353   23 | Right     Elena Rd
    10.37    0.18 |   414  1353    0 | Left      Robleda Rd
    10.73    0.37 |   344  1354    1 | Sharp Lt  Alta Tierra Rd
    11.04    0.31 |   363  1439   85 | Right     La Paloma Rd
    11.27    0.23 |   308  1439    0 | Left      Westwind Way
    11.47    0.20 |   331  1518   79 | Right     Concepcion Rd
    11.83    0.37 |   255  1523    5 | Left      Viscaino Rd
    11.91    0.07 |   298  1566   43 | Right     Viscaino Rd
    12.24    0.34 |   476  1752  186 | Slight Rt La Cresta Dr
    13.04    0.79 |   304  1767   14 | Right     St Francis Rd
    13.37    0.34 |   187  1768    1 | Right     Anacapa Dr
    13.73    0.35 |   344  1948  180 | Right     Anacapa Dr
    13.98    0.26 |   476  2080  132 | Sharp Lt  Viscaino Rd
    14.32    0.34 |   298  2088    8 | Left      Viscaino Rd
    14.39    0.07 |   255  2088    0 | Left      Concepcion Rd
    14.68    0.28 |   216  2089    1 | Slight Lt W Fremont Rd
    14.91    0.24 |   192  2089    0 | Left      St Francis Rd
    15.01    0.09 |   194  2091    2 | Left      Ascension Dr
    15.32    0.31 |   344  2241  150 | Left      Anacapa Dr
    15.58    0.26 |   476  2373  132 | Straight  Viscaino Rd
    15.66    0.09 |   413  2373    0 | Left      Roble Ladera Rd
    16.01    0.35 |   360  2382    9 | Straight  Purissima Rd
    16.13    0.12 |   356  2385    2 | Right     La Barranca Rd
    16.53    0.40 |   475  2518  133 | Left      Elena Rd
    16.58    0.05 |   468  2518    0 | Left      Elena Rd
    18.06    1.49 |   343  2668  150 | Right     
    18.08    0.02 |   329  2668    0 | Right     Moody Rd
    20.38    2.30 |   664  3047  379 | Right     Moody Rd
    20.90    0.52 |   959  3350  303 | Right     Page Mill Rd
    21.13    0.23 |   854  3352    2 | Left      
    21.37    0.25 |   859  3393   41 | Left      
    22.15    0.78 |   654  3406   12 | Slight Rt 
    23.50    1.35 |   854  3755  350 | Straight  Page Mill Rd
    23.86    0.36 |   739  3763    7 | Right     Altamont Rd
    26.06    2.20 |   366  3897  135 | Straight  Moody Rd
    26.33    0.27 |   329  3897    0 | Slight Rt El Monte Rd
    26.37    0.04 |   319  3897    0 | Right     
    26.71    0.35 |   328  3920   23 | Left      El Monte Rd
    26.72    0.01 |   329  3921    1 | Right     
    26.73    0.01 |   337  3929    8 | Slight Lt El Monte Rd
    27.66    0.93 |   241  3929    0 | Left      University Ave
    28.19    0.53 |   211  3934    5 | Arrive    University Ave


    Google Map (link):


    Profile:

  • Wed, March 07, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Since last week's edition was canceled by forecast rain, Paul Melville will still lead this week and will do the ride scheduled last week.
  • Wed, February 29, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Paul Melville leads an encore of this ride.
  • Wed, February 22, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Because of reports of tacks strewn around on Kings Mountain Road, to avoid this potential hazard, Steve Chapel has changed the route to this.

    [Originally scheduled ride was: Steve Chapel leads an encore of this ride.]
  • Wed, February 15, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Mike Harding leads this week.

    [This ride was originally posted on this blog here. —Michael Khaw]

     Distance      |     Directions 

     Total    Last |     

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 

      0.00    0.00 | Left      University Ave 

      0.14    0.14 | Left      Burke Rd 

      0.58    0.44 | Right     Chapin Rd 

      0.83    0.25 | Straight  Robleda Rd 

      1.65    0.81 | Left      Elena Rd 

      2.40    0.76 | Right     Moody Rd 

      5.22    2.82 | Right     Page Mill Rd 

      7.73    2.51 | Left      Arastradero Rd 

      9.72    1.99 | Left      Alpine Rd 

      9.79    0.07 | Right     Golden Oak Dr 

     10.55    0.76 | Right     Peak Ln 

    REGROUP top of Peak 

     10.64    0.09 | Right     Cervantes Rd 

     10.68    0.04 | Left      Fawn Ln 

     11.04    0.36 | Left      Golden Hills Dr 

     11.69    0.66 | Left      Westridge Dr 

     12.79    1.09 | Right     Portola Rd 

     15.03    2.24 | Left      Portola @ Sand Hill 

     15.85    0.82 | Straight  Woodside Rd 

     16.97    1.12 | Slight L  Tripp Rd 

     17.10    0.13 | Left      Noel Rd 

     17.18    0.09 | Right     Partition Rd 

     17.49    0.31 | Left      Summit Springs Rd 

    REGROUP top of Summit Springs 

     18.08    0.59 | U-Turn    Summit Springs Rd 

     18.39    0.31 | Left      Patrol Rd 

    REGROUP top of Patrol 

     19.44    1.05 | U-Turn    Patrol Rd 

     20.13    0.69 | Left      Entrance Way 

     20.22    0.09 | Sharp L   Kings Mountain Rd 

    REGROUP Skyline @ Tunitas 

     24.30    4.08 | Slight L  Skyline Blvd 

    REGROUP Skywood Mkt, Sky Londa (lunch) 

     29.82    5.52 | Slight L  CA-84 

     33.25    3.44 | Sharp R   Portola Rd 

    REGROUP Portola @ Sand Hill 

     34.07    0.82 | Right     Portola Rd 

     37.45    3.38 | Left      Alpine Rd 

     38.60    1.14 | Right     Arastradero Rd 

     40.59    1.99 | Left      Page Mill Rd 

     40.82    0.23 | Right     Arastradero Rd 

     41.76    0.94 | Right     La Cresta Dr 

    REGROUP La Cresta @ Viscaino 

     42.76    1.00 | Slight L  Viscaino Rd 

     43.10    0.34 | Left      Viscaino Rd 

     43.17    0.07 | Left      Concepcion Rd 

     43.46    0.28 | Right     W Fremont Rd 

     44.23    0.77 | Left      W Edith Ave 

     44.40    0.17 | Right     University Ave 

     44.87    0.46 | Arrive    Shoup Park 


  • Wed, February 08, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Paul Melville leads this 36 mile, 3230 ft. ride, using Steve and Cheryl Prothero's route sheet (please print a copy and bring with you if you need a route sheet to follow). Lunch will be at the 2nd time at Sky Londa on the route.
  • Wed, February 01, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Steve Chapel leads this 40 mile, 4800? ft. ride.
  • Wed, February 01, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    (1/22/12 update):
    For the Western Wheelers, Steve Chapel, Dave Fitch, Mike Harding and Paul Melville will rotate leading the ride. For ACTC, Brian Chun and Troy Folkner may be able to list the ride and share leading it. Thanks, guys!

    (Original post):
    I've led Hills R Us since late 2004, initially in alternation with Van Whitis, then solo—albeit with help from many others who filled in while I was away working. With my elderly parents now requiring more attention, as well as more challenges in the bike tour business resulting from the global economic situation, I feel it's time for me to pass on the leadership of Hills R Us.

    I'm retiring effective February 1, 2012, and asking for anyone interested in leading Hills R Us to let me know at hillsrus@dorkypantsr.us. I'll still be available to post rides weekly to this blog and may still ride an occasional Hills R Us ride (or parts of them) as time permits.

    I've already informed Patrice Carney, ACTC Ride Chair, that I won't be listing Hills R Us past January. I'll be informing the Western Wheelers Ride Chairs shortly of my retirement.

    Thanks to all who've stepped up to lead Hills R Us as substitute leaders (you know who you are), and to everyone who does the rides, which is what made leading them worthwhile.

    Ride bike!
    Michael Khaw
  • Wed, January 25, 2012 10:00 AM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Right now it looks like a reasonably nice day on Wednesday. We'll do the Quarry, Moody, Foothills Park, Alpine to Joaquin, Westridge the easier way, and finish up with St. Francis and La Cresta. 40 miles, 4100 ft. ACTC goats: MDR Moody Road, APE Alpine East, WSR Westridge. No lunch stop planned but there's an option to go to Amigos restaurant in the Ladera shopping center on Alpine. Rain cancels.

    Cue sheet generated using googlemap_cuesheet from route: http://tinyurl.com/6syq2wl

       Distance    |     Climbing     |      Directions
     Total    Last |  Elev Total Last | 
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
      0.00    0.00 |   209     0    0 | Left      University Ave
      0.13    0.13 |   204     0    0 | Left      Burke Rd
      0.57    0.44 |   251    60   59 | Right     Chapin Rd
      0.82    0.25 |   259    92   32 | Straight  Robleda Rd
      1.64    0.82 |   414   260  168 | Left      Elena Rd
      2.39    0.76 |   329   321   61 | Straight  El Monte Rd
      3.24    0.84 |   288   365   44 | Right     Voorhees Dr
      3.32    0.08 |   309   387   22 | Right     Clausen Ct
      3.50    0.18 |   343   421   34 | Straight  Barley Hill Rd
      3.82    0.32 |   356   472   52 | Left      Hilltop Dr
      4.23    0.41 |   257   472    0 | Right     Hillview Rd
      4.56    0.33 |   223   472    0 | Right     Magdalena Ave
      5.70    1.14 |   498   748  276 | Right     Stonebrook Dr
      5.97    0.27 |   458   771   23 | Straight  Laura Ct
      6.04    0.06 |   450   774    3 | Right     Kate Dr
      6.14    0.10 |   435   774    0 | Left      Teresa Way
      6.20    0.06 |   436   778    4 | Slight R  Stonebrook Dr
    REGROUP @ Oak Knoll Circle, do the scenic loop…
      6.44    0.25 |   490   854   76 | Right     Oak Knoll Cir
      6.49    0.05 |   502   866   12 | Right     Oak Knoll Cir
      6.93    0.44 |   455   899   33 | Left      Oak Knoll Cir
      6.98    0.06 |   502   947   48 | Right     Oak Knoll Cir
      7.03    0.05 |   490   947    0 | Straight  Prospect Ave
      7.39    0.36 |   565  1022   75 | Left      La Loma Dr
      7.66    0.27 |   574  1050   28 | Right     Summit Wood Rd
      8.10    0.44 |   402  1056    6 | Slight L  Tepa Way
      8.27    0.17 |   357  1061    5 | Left      Moody Rd
    REGROUP @ Page Mill
     10.80    2.52 |   959  1717  655 | Right     Page Mill Rd
     11.02    0.23 |   854  1719    2 | Left      Foothills Park
     11.27    0.25 |   859  1760   41 | Left      to interpretive center
     12.05    0.78 |   654  1772   12 | Slight R  by interpretive center
    REGROUP @ lookout point in Foothills Park
    (restrooms and water near park exit to Page Mill)
     13.32    1.27 |   854  2125  352 | Straight  Page Mill Rd
     13.68    0.36 |   739  2132    7 | Right     Altamont Rd
     13.82    0.14 |   753  2169   37 | Left      Briones Way
     14.12    0.30 |   649  2184   14 | Left      Vía Ventana
     14.43    0.31 |   561  2204   20 | Straight  Page Mill Rd
     15.84    1.41 |   249  2216   12 | Left      Arastradero Rd
     17.83    1.99 |   389  2450  234 | Left      Alpine Rd
     22.18    4.35 |  1125  3279  829 | Left      Joaquin Rd
    REGROUP @ top of Joaquin, just before Old Spanish Trail
     22.57    0.39 |  1373  3536  257 | Right     Old Spanish Trail
     23.02    0.45 |  1418  3617   80 | Left      Vista Verde Way
     23.31    0.29 |  1217  3617    0 | Right     Ramona Rd
     23.99    0.68 |   844  3632   16 | Right     Los Trancos Rd
     25.00    1.01 |   535  3632    0 | Left      Fire Rd
     25.03    0.03 |   533  3632    0 | Left      Valley Oak St
     25.69    0.66 |   678  3795  163 | Left      Indian Crossing
     25.75    0.06 |   657  3795    0 | Left      Alpine Rd
     25.95    0.20 |   639  3800    5 | Right     Willowbrook Dr
     26.77    0.82 |   546  3816   16 | Left      Portola Rd
     27.14    0.37 |   502  3819    4 | Right     Westridge Dr
     30.05    2.90 |   305  4180  361 | Left      Alpine Rd
    OPTION for lunch in Ladera shopping center @ Amigos restaurant
     32.40    2.35 |   155  4183    3 | Right     Junipero Serra Blvd
     34.82    2.42 |   159  4275   93 | Straight  Foothill Expy
     35.36    0.55 |   102  4275    0 | Right     Hillview Ave
     36.07    0.70 |   141  4359   84 | Straight  W Fremont Rd
     36.75    0.69 |   192  4415   56 | Right     St Francis Rd
     37.35    0.60 |   304  4542  127 | Left      La Cresta Dr
    REGROUP top of La Cresta @ Viscaino
     38.14    0.79 |   476  4730  188 | Slight L  Viscaino Rd
     38.48    0.34 |   298  4738    8 | Left      Viscaino Rd
     38.55    0.07 |   255  4738    0 | Left      Concepcion Rd
     38.84    0.28 |   216  4739    1 | Right     W Fremont Rd
     39.61    0.77 |   178  4770   31 | Left      W Edith Ave
     39.78    0.17 |   188  4783   13 | Right     University Ave
     40.25    0.47 |   209  4803   21 | Arrive    Shoup Park

    Google Map (link):


    Profile:

  • Thu, January 19, 2012 3:25 PM | Michael Khaw (Administrator)
    Many of you know ACTC member Bob Shultz, who frequently rode with Hills R Us. A few months ago Bob emailed me to bid farewell to the ride, saying he no longer felt able to keep up with the rest of us and didn't want to keep us waiting.

    Last year he had surgery for prostate cancer. While still completing his recovery from it, he recently learned that he has cancer of the esophagus. He will soon be receiving treatment at Stanford Hospital for chemo, radiation and surgery over the coming months.

    If you would like to stay updated on his condition and lend him your support, you can do so through his blog at Care Pages (requires free registration).


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