Veni, Vidi, Vomiti
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Republic of Anaerobia
Bikes: Serotta Legend Ti, Romani Columbus SL, Soma Doublecross
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On Monday, we did a ride up Hwy 9, through Big Basin, up Jamison Creek, and down Empire Grade into SC. On the way back, our route took us back Hwy 9 to Felton, right on Graham Hill Rd., left on E. Zayante, left on Summit Rd., right on Bear Creek, left down the shoulder of Hwy 17, right on Alma Bridge Rd., bike path below the dam to Los Gatos, and back Hwy 9 to Saratoga, and a mix of the Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd. and side streets home. Roundtrip was about 95 miles and a bunch of climbing (~8,000 ft.).
Another option would be (from S.C.) to use Glen Canyon/Mt. Hermon/Scotts Valley/Bean Creek/Glenwood/Mtn. Charlie/Summit/Mtn. Charlie/Old S.C. Hwy/Hwy 17/Alma Bridge/bike path at Lexington Dam to Los Gatos. Use residential streets back to Cupertino.
Up Hwy 9 from Saratoga isn't a bad climb as there's a reasonably wide shoulder most of the up until you get about .75 miles from the summit where they did a bad job re-paving and didn't extend the shoulder. At that point you either have to hold your line on the roadway or move over onto the chopped up shoulder and stay there.
If you're a glutton for punishment, you can avoid the first half of Hwy 9 by taking Stevens Canyon Road around the reservoir, bearing right at the intersection of Mt. Eden Rd, and turning left onto Redwood Gulch Rd. This brings you onto Hwy. 9 about 3 miles from the top. Bring some low gears because it's pretty darn steep.