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Tunitas Rd. Climb(6 posts)

Tunitas Rd. Climbescape_alcatraz2
Apr 22, 2003 8:43 AM
Hello all-

Did the woodside/pescadero/san gregorio/tunitas/kings mtn. Loop this weekend. This was my first extended road ride and loved it, was wondering how that rates in difficulty/length to other rides in the area?

Thanks
re: Tunitas Rd. Climbyeah right
Apr 22, 2003 9:08 AM
that's about 40 miles and 4,000 feet of climbing, a pretty serious ride. tunitas is pretty steep in parts. it's not exceedingly long, but anytime you've got that much climbing it seems a lot longer. look up "klimb" it's a route mileage and elevation calculator for the bay area.
re: Tunitas Rd. Climbmohair_chair
Apr 22, 2003 9:21 AM
Tunitas is hard, but the most difficult climb in the area is Alpine Road. Alpine is a real bear of a climb, probably an hors categorie climb in the Tour. If you really want some pain, start in Pescadero and climb up Pescadero Road first, then do Alpine. That will humble just about anyone.

If you love climbing and want to explore this area, try this loop. Start in Woodside, and ride up Old La Honda. Do this for time--22 minutes or less!!! Go across Skyline at the top and take the other side of OLH down to Hwy 84. Take 84 all the way to San Gregorio, but don't stop there. Turn left at Stage Road, ride all the way to Pescadero. Now you can stop, at the store that makes that great bread. Ride up Pescadero Road, switch to Alpine Road, ride to the top. Scream down Page Mill Road, make your way back to Woodside. That's probably around 50 miles, with upwards of 6,000 feet of non-trivial climbing.
I usually ride up Tunitas but took Alpine instead one day.PseuZQ
Apr 22, 2003 11:20 AM
I think they're both really purty. I kept waiting for Alpine to end. I thought it was harder than Tunitas Creek, but attributed that to not having ridden it before and not "knowing" the road. Do you think climbing Alpine is harder than Page Mill? (which I haven't climbed; only descended.)

My usual route: CanYAda to the olive hill/albion/manuella/ kings/tripp wiggle, then OLH, west OLH to 84 (watch construction on 84), 84 to Pescadero Rd. (haskins grade and the flamingo house - yay!), stage road over the three bumps through San Gregorio to 1, then blast down 1, go up Tunitas, then down Kings Mountain and back to CanYAda and 92.

It's one of my favorite loops.
Alpinemohair_chair
Apr 22, 2003 11:36 AM
When we climb Alpine, it's usually late in the ride, so the effect is increased. I still think Alpine is a tough, tough hill, but I love to climb it because it is a challenge. It's long, and it's steep at the bottom, and just as steep at the top. Only the middle eases up, and that just makes the top even more painful.

Page Mill has some tough sections, but overall it isn't as hard. It gets a lot more traffic, too. Page Mill is not my favorite climb. Sometimes we get to Page Mill via Moody, which is probably a mile of 10-12%. We love this stuff!

Both of these hills can be really nasty on a hot day. I climbed Alpine once when it was 105 degrees. There was no breeze, either, so it was like riding in an oven. I just wanted to die. I ran out of water, so when I got to the top, I flew down Page Mill as fast as I could to cool off!
So many possible routes in the Santa Cruz Mtns....Lon Norder
Apr 22, 2003 9:28 AM
It's very easy to come up with some brutal rides in the Santa Cruz Mtns because they're crisscrossed by so many roads. The Sequoia double metric century on June 1 samples a good number of these roads and has 10,000 ft of climbing, for example. Check it out:

http://www.westernwheelers.org/main/sequoia/index.htm