LDT: MOUNTAIN CHARLIE B/4(3500)/35; C/4(5200)/50; D/4(5600)/57; E/4(7500)/88

  • Apr 13, 2013 · 9:15 AM


  • B/4(3500’)/35;
  • C/4(5200’)/50;
  • D/4(5600’)/57;
  • E/4(7500’)/88

Explore the twisty hilly roads of the Santa Cruz Mountains, including some long climbs and wonderful descents. All riders will climb to Summit Road via quiet picturesque Old Santa Cruz Road. B’s will explore some “out and backs” along the summit then lunch at the Summit Store (and B’s can easily take shortcuts to reduce the climbing). C’s, D’s and E’s descend to Scotts Valley for lunch at Erik’s Deli before tackling the Mountain Charlie climb. D’s add Rodeo Gulch, while the E’s take an extended route that adds Corralitos and Eureka Canyon. Rain cancels.



B = TBD;

C = Guy Shuman ([masked]or[masked] (C) and Bill Sherwin([masked] or[masked] (C); 



MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Top of Lexington Dam. Take Hwy 17 Southbound, exit at Bear Creek Road, cross over the freeway and get back on Hwy 17 Northbound, immediately exiting at Alma Bridge Road. Park at gravel parking area on dam. Rest rooms are available just past dam on right.


Special Information for New Members and Guest Riders:

The Western Wheelers are new to Meetup, and most riders don't yet RSVP.   There are a lot of us, and we'll be there!

A special note about start locations:  Meetup Locations are not always precise.  Please consult the ride description for the authoritative start location.

Information on the ride rating system is here: http://www.meetup.com/Western-Wheelers/pages/Ride_Rating_System/


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  • Beth R.

    The ladies kicked butt on the C ride. I was the kaboose at the end of the train!

    2 · April 14, 2013

    • Anthony

      Hey, no getting me in trouble. After lunch I did move up to barely hang on with some D's. And not the crazy ones that added in an extra loop after Mountain Charlie.

      1 · April 16, 2013

    • Cindy A.

      Haha, Anthony--not getting you into trouble but you are fast! Glad you found your group, though you are welcome to ride with us anytime. And myabe I'll join the D's someday too... ;-)

      April 16, 2013

  • Kendra

    Are mountain bikes OK?

    April 10, 2013

    • Cindy A.

      Yes, it's free but a little limited so it's best to carpool or park closely together. :-)

      April 12, 2013

    • Kendra

      Thanks. I changed from B to C at the last minute, which worked out nicely.

      April 14, 2013

  • Mindy S.

    I'm back!!!! It feels good being able to ride with the "C" group again after breaking my pelvis back in February. Today was my first full LDT with the C's since being broken 10 weeks ago.

    1 · April 13, 2013

    • Cindy A.

      You did a great job, Mindy! So impressive! Hope you feel ok now! :-)

      1 · April 13, 2013

    • Mindy S.

      Thanks Cindy, I'm feeling good, just the normal stiffness of riding 50 miles with 5200 feet of climbing. And I plan to ride the Sunday ride today as well.

      1 · April 14, 2013

  • Gary W

    Well shepherded! And mechanical help at the regroup

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Jessica

    I'm planning to join the B ride. First Western Wheelers meetup for me. Looking forward to it.

    1 · April 12, 2013

    • Cindy A.

      Welcome, Jessica! :-)

      April 12, 2013

    • Jessica

      Thanks! Had a great time...ended up with the C+ crew and it was just the ride I was looking for. Awesome group!

      1 · April 13, 2013

  • Cheng

    It's Tierra Bella day!

    1 · March 21, 2013

    • Cindy A.

      Yes, but it's also Mountain Charlie Day! And Mountain Charlie is free! :-)

      1 · April 12, 2013

  • Gary W

    C, maybe B

    April 12, 2013

  • jeana

    think I might like to do this ride. Any chance I could see a D/E route sheet?

    March 20, 2013

    • Robert S.

      I've updated the listing with route sheet links.

      April 10, 2013

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