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Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride - May 10, 2016

What: Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride
When: May 10, 2016
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts & Parents
Cost: Free
SIC: Andrew Marcopulos
Activity Coordinator: Luis Andrade


NOTE: If you have not ridden Monte Bello before, you need to attend one training rides on either  on 4/30/2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, or 5/08/2016 from 10:00am - 11:30am. Meet at Arastradero Preserve (1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304)

NOTE: If you signed-up or you are thinking of joining us for the ride (or the training rides) and you haven't had your bike checked, there will be a bike check on 4/26/2016 & 5/03/2016 - Bring your bike!

What to Expect

  • The trail portion has a few steep sections (both down and up), but they are relatively short. 
  • Most of the ride is downhill on smooth trails, but there will be some narrow, twisty, rough, and loose sections. 
  • There will even be a creek crossing or two where usually at least your feet get wet! 
  • The last 5 miles are on a public road, shared with cars (though not very many). Follow all traffic laws! 
  • The total time for the ride can be anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours, depending on the rider's skills and trail conditions. 
  • Flat tires are a possibility, as are other minor mechanical issues that tend to slow up a group.
  • Riders will be broken up into groups with staggered start times

What to Bring

  • Mountain bike or equivalent in good repair, with good brakes - It is a bumpy trail!
  • Bike Helmet ... no helmet, no ride (adults as well)
  • Biking gloves
  • Pump, patch and repair kit
  • Bike riding clothes - There will be some mud and creek crossings along the way
  • Drinking water
  • Optional : Mosquito repellent - a couple of the regrouping stops will have mosquitoes
  • Be prepared for poison oak along the trails


  • Wear a Helmet & Use the Buddy System
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands if you fall
  • The terms of our Special Use Permit from the Open Space District include some of the following:
    • Must wear a helmet
    • Stay on designated trails
    • Maximum 15 MPH, 5 MPH when passing
    • Staggered Start of 15 riders per group, spaced 15 minutes apart. The faster group will go first, to avoid bunching on the trail.


NOTE: Meet up at the Monte Bello OSP Parking lot on Page Mill at 5:00pm SHARP!

We will hold a mandatory safety briefing at 5:15pm.  Late arrivals will cause the entire group to be delayed and we do not want to ride in the dark.

Take Page Mill Rd (Palo Alto) West from 280, towards the hills. About 7.5 miles west of 280, you'll find two dirt parking lots: the main Monte Bello lot is on the left, and Los Trancos on the right. It is before you cross Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35).


Pizza will arrive around 6:45pm and bikers will arrive between 6:30-7:30pm.

Pick-up will be at the Canyon Picnic area of Upper Stevens Creek County Park. This is a small picnic area about 0.1 miles up Stevens Canyon Road from the stop sign at Mount Eden Road


Luis Andrade,
Mar 21, 2016, 10:12 PM