Turkey Day Thanksgiving ride / hike, Kennedy Road, Sierra Azul, Los Gatos, CA

Every Thanksgiving morning, BEFORE everyone overeats, there’s a spontaneous party in the hills above Los Gatos, California. It starts in front of Summit Bicycles, up several miles of paved public roads, then up a LONG, STEEP hill, known as the “Kennedy Road Trail”.

Kennedy Rd / Los Gatos Turkey Day Ride at EveryTrail
EveryTrail – Find the best Hiking near San Jose, California

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San Jose is down there!

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A “mere” 1000+ people bicycle or walk (many with their dogs). At the top of the hill, they share food, drink, and comraderie. It’s totally without leadership, though I suspect that it originated with a small group from the bike shop. Over the years it’s now quite well known, (Obviously! 1000 people show up!), despite no real publicity. The Santa Clara County Sheriff and Mid-Peninsula Open Space Rangers are present and visible. The law enforcement presence is quite laid-back and friendly.

This picture is a fraction of the total crowd, which lines this desolate trail for a good 1/4 mile.

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Fun it was! On the way up I stopped to rest a few times, as did many others. I was in awe of the handful of much stronger cyclists who towed bicycle trailers with a roasted pig, a cooked turkey and an occasional case of beer.

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“Turkey Trot” 5K and 10K runs are popular down in the valley, with one in San Jose drawing about 25000 participants. If you own a mountain bike, or enjoy a hike up a big hill (~2000 feet vertical), put this on your calendar instead! No entry fee, no souvenir t-shirt, no “sorry registration is closed”, and lotsa fresh air…bring a few friends and have a little party at the top!

(Rule #1 is strictly enforced. The other two are difficult to enforce, though I didn’t see the “car-battery-powered-margarita-blender-on-a-bike-trailer” this year…Watch for few fools zooming down on their bikes, too.)

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GPX track and a few more photos: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2472081

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About AlphaRoaming

Random outdoor roaming: hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & plotting more of the above Grew up on the edges of the Adirondack mountains of New York, just a bit west of Vermont. Now living in Silicon Valley and venturing out when and where I can!
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4 Responses to Turkey Day Thanksgiving ride / hike, Kennedy Road, Sierra Azul, Los Gatos, CA

  1. Sally Edwards says:

    Hello

    Will trash be collected up there or should we take it home with us?

    Thanks

  2. Papa Bear says:

    What is the start time?

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