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LGBRC Saturday Ride 5/14: Mt Winery, Hwy 9, Skyline, Bear Creek, Hwy 9
May 14, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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This is a great route that’s the clockwise variation of a common route. This features the exhilarating rollicking, rolling descent from Castle Rock to Bear Creek. Just remember to stay well to the right on the blind single lane corners. If a car comes around here and you’re in the middle of the road, that’d be bad.
This ride was done before in January 2015, and took 3:45 min moving time, maybe 4:15 total time. Figure back by 1 PM if all goes well.
As Bear Creek makes a T on Highway 9, take a left into town to Boulder Creek American Gas. Returning on Highway 9 at Skyline, there ought to be slower and faster element regroups.
Big climbs spell separation. The main group should wait a decent interval at Hwy 9/Skyline, and subsequent stops. Riders finding the main group’s moved on, should form an element and press on. Maybe to catch up at Boulder Creek.
- Mt Winery
- Highway 9/Skyline Road.
- Skyline/Bear Creek Road
- Boulder Creek Gas Station (Privy/Water)(turn left)
- Highway 9/Skyline Road (optional)
- Big Basin Way/6th Street (optional)
Shorter Alternative (38 miles, 4400 ft climbing), descend OSC to Lexington:
The weather’s perfect both in Los Gatos and Boulder Creek.
When: 8:30 AM
Where: Two start locations, one ride.
- Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, 101 W Main Street, Los Gatos
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea 22350 Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Here’s the view featuring Mt. Winery rendezvous.
|Name||Distance||Elev. Diff.||Avg. Grade|
|Pierce Rd – Mt Eden to Winery (safe)||0.62 mi||282 ft||8.5%|
|Pierce Road (the whole steep part)||0.19 mi||114 ft||10.9%|
|Hwy 9 – Pierce to Top||5.43 mi||1,908 ft||6.6%|
|Hwy 9 Climb – Bridge to Redwood Gulch||2.26 mi||745 ft||6.2%|
|Hwy 9 Climb – Redwood Gulch to Skyline||3.00 mi||1,122 ft||7.0%|
|Highway 9 (Bear Creek to 35)||13.21 mi||2,076 ft||3.0%|
|Hwy 9 Descent – Skyline to Saratoga||6.78 mi||2,088 ft||-5.8%|
|Hwy 9 Descent – Skyline to Redwood Gulch||3.01 mi||1,100 ft||-6.9%|
|Hwy 9 Descent – Speed Trap||0.25 mi||86 ft||-6.5%|
|Hwy 9 Descent – Pierce to Saratoga||1.15 mi||189 ft||-3.1%|