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So I'm getting back into shape and am pretty much sticking to just fireroads and China Camp for now to get some good aerobic work in without worrying about anything technical.

I've gone up the old railroad grade and it's a good workout for my out of shape self. However, I live closer to the other side of the mountain and it would be a lot more convenient, especially after work to start from Ross and go up through Phoenix Lake.

Regarding that area, what are some other ways to climb to the top?

Eldrige might be a bit out of my reach for a few more months, but I'm not sure how steep it is.

How would one get to the top after taking Shaver Grade to 5 corners? On a map I see that if you continue up Shaver there's Sky Oaks rd and Rocky Ridge road.

Any thoughts?
 

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Head up Eldrige. Not too steep and a little rocky towards the top. Avoid climbing Rocky Ridge and Rock Springs if you don't want steep.
 

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You could go up eldridge and head down Indian Fire Road and up Hoo Koo E Koo to Railroad Grade. Only one really steep section on the HKEK.
 

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Thanks for the info. Eldrige --> Indian --> HKEK seems like it would be a good route for me.

I like the idea of breaking up the climbing a bit while I get in shape.

If anyone else has any suggestions on not too challenging rides in the area, please chime in.

Old Railroad Grade and the Bayview China Camp loop is current fitness level, so anything like that or not too much harder would be awesome to know about.
 

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RabbitHole said:
Thanks for the info. Eldrige --> Indian --> HKEK seems like it would be a good route for me.

I like the idea of breaking up the climbing a bit while I get in shape.

If anyone else has any suggestions on not too challenging rides in the area, please chime in.

Old Railroad Grade and the Bayview China Camp loop is current fitness level, so anything like that or not too much harder would be awesome to know about.
I'm a big fan of riding the other RR grade, in Fairfax, from White's Hill School under SFD to Porcupine/Sherwood Forest --> B-17 extension --> Broken Dam in Tamarancho --> out. There are some short, steep pitches but other than the technical aspect of things in Tamarancho, the climbing ain't too bad.
 

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It is illegal to be anywhere on tam at night.

Marincello in the headlands is a good grade and not as long as rr grade. Going up marincello and down old springs is a good short loop and old springs is kinda single track.

Bobcat in the headlands is pretty mellow too, a bit steeper than rr grade but same league.

Also rr grade to stage coach (at west point inn) to pan toll is good too. Stage coach is nicely graded. Just like rr grade.

Coastal single track from pantoll is really beautiful and also not too steep. Good out and back from pantoll or connect with stage coach and rr grade. There's water at pantoll.

Have fun out there!
 
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