Elevation gain: 1,696m/6,459ft
Estimated elapsed time: 4hr:30min
Halloween special – time to go to the beach at Capitola, this route’s a favorite. This route exits Capitola by heading back into the hills, up Rodeo Gulch, around to Scotts Valley, then Mountain Charlie which is a great climb.
We’ve done this ride before:
- March 11, 2017, Moving time 3:55 min, total time 5 hrs.
- June 27, 2017 Moving time 3:29, total time 4:11.
The estimate is about 4-½ -5 hours, so back around 1-1:30 PM. Once descending SJ-Soquel, it’s hard to make the route any shorter, save taking a sharp right descending onto Laurel Glen, which turns out to be 47 miles.
Those wanting to avoid the Los Gatos Creek Trail can just drive directly to Lexington Dam.
Weather (for Capitola) is cloudy in the 50-60’s.