Mid-Week Rides: Finding Mt Charlie

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Marc writes:

Chris said “Let’s ride Tuesday” and Joe responded with “I’ve got to be home by 2:30”. A short mid-week ride sounded good to me. Little did I know that the “home by 2:30” part fell by the wayside somewhere along the line. Oh well, 2/3 of a mid-week ride is still better than none.

The group met at Hobbee’s on Stevens Creek for breakfast. Well, Bill, Chris, and Joe did. I arrived as they were eating as all I wanted was some coffee before the ride. We left the restaurant and headed south in search of some of the the narrow, lane-and-a-half (at best) roads that are plentiful in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Mt Charlie was the first to tackle this ride and can now be removed from our Bucket List. We took Bear Creek Rd to Summit and picked up Mt Charlie at its top, off of 35 just east of 17. We stopped near the top for a few pictures before taking it to the bottom where it joins Glenwood Dr. Glenwood drive took usinto Scott’s Valley where we picked up Mt Herman to get to highway 9 and Boulder Creek.

We took a short break in Boulder Creek where Chris mentioned doing China Grade from top to bottom. Sounded good to me. How about Lodge Road, too? Chris had forgotten about Lodge Rd so I led the way from Boulder Creek to and through our second narrow, lane-and-a-half (at best) road with a requisit stop for pictures along the way. There was also a stop in Big Basin for more picture taking inside the burnt out tree.

As mentioned above, the next lane-and-a-halfer was China Grade. It may have been the first time I’ve ridden that road from top to bottom. I’m usually going in the other direction. At the bottom of the grade we hopped back on 236 to backtrack into Boulder Creek. This time we stopped for coffee before heading in a generally northern direction.

At the outskirts of Boulder Creek we took a right on Bear Creek Rd to head for the lane-and-a-half section of Skyline between Bear Creek and Black Road. That was the last narrow section for me as I continued on skyline to 92 and home.

Chris adds:

Marco departed the group on Skyline (CA#35) at it’s juncture with Page Mill Rd and Alpine Road. The three of us checked the ‘ridge park’ adjacent this intersection and followed Alpine Road to its terminus with the La Honda-Pescadero Road. We turned up the road toward Pescadero but only for a possible mile. This was done to avail ourselves to the amenities at San McDonald Park. Pictures taken we back traced to La Honda and set a course up CA#84 for Skylonda Corners, home of the famous Alice’s Restaurant. There were but a few riders about and we all enjoyed a soft drink, it’d cooled-down some from the 72º enjoyed in downtown Boulder Creek, but was still all of 68º.

We departed for Swett Rd with a right turn at the ‘T’ for Tunitas Creek and downhill till Lobitos Creek, and CA Hwy#1 just a few miles south of Half Moon Bay where a V-Strom was found begging for petrol. Once fed we wended our way up Hwy #92 where Bill peeled-off for home and Steiner and Weld headed north for IS# 280 where we separated. Great ride, great company, all bills were paid timely, and no tickets, tip-overs or the like. Great weather and a great ride. Weld knocked down 191 miles, house-to house.

Pictures from Marc

Note: (n) in the caption indicates the picture was taken at marker (n) on the map.
(1) Heading South

(1) Heading South

(1) Heading South
(2) Highway 17

(2) Highway 17

(2) Highway 17
(3) Bear Creek exit

(3) Bear Creek exit

(3) Bear Creek exit
(4) 4 riders today

(4) 4 riders today

(4) 4 riders today
(5) Lane and a half

(5) Lane and a half

(5) Lane and a half
(25) Joe, Bill, Chris

(25) Joe, Bill, Chris

(25) Joe, Bill, Chris
(25) How does that camera work?

(25) How does that camera work?

(25) How does that camera work?
(25) Still playing with the camera

(25) Still playing with the camera

(25) Still playing with the camera
(6) Narow

(6) Narow

(6) Narow
(7) No traffic

(7) No traffic

(7) No traffic
(8) Strange trees

(8) Strange trees

(8) Strange trees
(9) Chris and Bill

(9) Chris and Bill

(9) Chris and Bill
(10) Marc takes the lead

(10) Marc takes the lead

(10) Marc takes the lead
(26) On Lodge Road

(26) On Lodge Road

(26) On Lodge Road
(11) Picture taker

(11) Picture taker

(11) Picture taker
(12) What's around the bend?

(12) What’s around the bend?

(12) What’s around the bend?
(13) Wow!

(13) Wow!

(13) Wow!
(14) Big Basin

(14) Big Basin

(14) Big Basin
(15) Captain

(15) Captain

(15) Captain
(16) China Grade

(16) China Grade

(16) China Grade
(17) Bill follows Joe

(17) Bill follows Joe

(17) Bill follows Joe
(18) Skyline

(18) Skyline

(18) Skyline
(19) 1 1/2 lane again

(19) 1 1/2 lane again

(19) 1 1/2 lane again
(20) Still no traffic

(20) Still no traffic

(20) Still no traffic
(21) Blue sky riding

(21) Blue sky riding

(21) Blue sky riding
(22) Marc goes straight

(22) Marc goes straight

(22) Marc goes straight
(23) Heading home

(23) Heading home

(23) Heading home
(24) Pass

(24) Pass

(24) Pass

Pictures from Chris

Bill Grass

Bill Grass

Bill Grass
Bill's coin

Bill’s coin

Bill’s coin
China Grade (Lower)

China Grade (Lower)

China Grade (Lower)
China Grade

China Grade

China Grade
Frm Alpine Rd

Frm Alpine Rd

Frm Alpine Rd
Group-Mtn Charlie

Group-Mtn Charlie

Group-Mtn Charlie
He Wishes He Could Ride Like That

He Wishes He Could Ride Like That

He Wishes He Could Ride Like That
Hows this work?

Hows this work?

Hows this work?
If they tilt their heads just a little more..

If they tilt their heads just a little more..

If they tilt their heads just a little more..
Inside the Tree

Inside the Tree

Inside the Tree
It's Narrow

It’s Narrow

It’s Narrow
Joe's Office

Joe’s Office

Joe’s Office
Lodge Rd#2

Lodge Rd#2

Lodge Rd#2
Lodge Rd#3

Lodge Rd#3

Lodge Rd#3
Lodge Rd

Lodge Rd

Lodge Rd
Looking-up the Tree

Looking-up the Tree

Looking-up the Tree
Marco Led Us

Marco Led Us

Marco Led Us
Mtn Charlie Tightens-up

Mtn Charlie Tightens-up

Mtn Charlie Tightens-up
On Mtn Charlie

On Mtn Charlie

On Mtn Charlie
Still Mtn Charlie

Still Mtn Charlie

Still Mtn Charlie
Tree#3

Tree#3

Tree#3
Wasn't yet 70

Wasn’t yet 70

Wasn’t yet 70

Pictures from Joe

Marc, Bill, Chris

Marc, Bill, Chris

Marc, Bill, Chris
Somber Marc

Somber Marc

Somber Marc
It's that big

It’s that big

It’s that big
Photog at work

Photog at work

Photog at work
Still that big

Still that big

Still that big
Mid-week riders

Mid-week riders

Mid-week riders
Where's the Russian?

Where’s the Russian?

Where’s the Russian?
Joe and Bill

Joe and Bill

Joe and Bill
Sam McDonald Park

Sam McDonald Park

Sam McDonald Park
Bikes

Bikes

Bikes
On Old La Honda

On Old La Honda

On Old La Honda
Joe and Bill, again

Joe and Bill, again

Joe and Bill, again