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Quadrophenia #2: The Other Quarry (1/18/2014)

Date: Saturday, January 18
Meet time: 9:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Parking lot at Villa and Franklin streets, Mountain View (across from the Tied House) (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Heavy rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 31


Down 'round these parts, when we say we're riding "to the quarry," we usually mean that converted hole in Los Altos Hills. But not today! We're traveling to Saratoga, where Quarry Road provides an alternate -- and challenging -- way to the top of Mount Eden.

Before we get there, though, we've got a few challenges on the way. First is Quinnhill Road in Los Altos Hills. It's only 0.1 mile, but it's a visually imposing doozy, and it's perfectly OK if you want to walk it (takes just a minute) and save yourself for later in the day. Next is the Parker Ranch area of Cupertino, where we'll climb to the top of Star Ridge to reward ourselves with stunning views of the valley and a glorious descent. After a brief rest stop, we'll then visit Sarahills Drive, a favorite from our Prelude rides last autumn.

Then, after all that, we're ready for Quarry Road. Part of it was closed to motorized traffic years ago, so we'll dismount and walk around the barricades that deposit us into a hilly area of modern luxury homes, where we do all the climbing of Mount Eden in only about a quarter-mile. Our return to Mountain View is directly through Stevens Canyon and onto Foothill Expressway with, thankfully, no hilly surprises or detours.

Ride With GPS reports about 2,250 feet of climbing; most GPS devices will report a little bit less.

This ride is Caltrain- and VTA-friendly. The first southbound train of the day leaves SF at 8:15 and arrives in Mountain View at 9:29. We're about four blocks from the station.

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