D/5 (7900')/55 LOS GATOS TO EMPIRE GRADE. Meet Robert Neff [masked], [masked]) at 930am at Lexington Reservoir (Alma Bridge road at Lenihan Dam). Take highway 17 south from Los Gatos, exit at Bear Creek, cross the over the freeway and go North on[masked] yards to Alma Bridge road. Park by the road at the Dam, meet at the boat access 100 yards up the road, (with a portapotty). Map of route: http://goo.gl/maps/cEyTr . Take Old Santa Cruz and Bear Creek to Boulder Creek. Climb Jamison Creek to EMPIRE GRADE. Ride 12 miles atop Empire Grade, return via Felton, E. Zayante, and Bear Creek. Ride will be at a relaxed D pace, but lots of climb! Be fit! No lunch stop, but breaks/shopping along the way. OPTIONALLY: Join the ride leader from Gunn HS at ~730am, or along the way, via dirt Los Gatos Creek trail. Let me know.
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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!
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