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Mt. Rubidoux Walk To The Top

Mt Rubidoux Walk To The Top

Join us for a nice, late afternoon stroll to the top of Mt. Rubidoux and then possibly beyond to the mysterious "Hidden Stone Benches" just a short walk down from the cross.

We will walk up the path toward the south and depending on the group, we may get off the pavement here and there and even scramble up a couple rocks along the way. Or we can stick to the nice smooth asphalt path all the way up.

After reaching the top, we'll decide if we want to take the little used path (shown in the photo above) to the hidden benches to the south, take a few pics and then return to the boulders near the cross for a short break and photos before heading back down, perhaps down a side trail.

We will start walking promptly at 6:00 p.m


The isolated, 1,337-foot high granite hill towering above the city’s western edge has long been a landmark to travelers and residents alike, ever since the 1880s when Riverside emerged as the quintessential Southern California citrus town. The mountain was named for one of its 19th century owners, wealthy ranchero Louis Robidoux.

Hike Details
Distance: 3.3 mile loop or 1-2 miles up and back
Hiking Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Difficulty: Easy

SOURCE: Afoot And Afield Inland Empire by David & Jennifer Money Harris

PLEASE NOTE: PARKING COULD BE AN ISSUE! SO BE PREPARED TO DRIVE BACK AND FORTH LOOKING FOR A SPOT NEXT TO THE ENTRANCE OR JUST PARK DOWN THE STREET IN THE NEW PARKING LOT. THE WALK UP FROM YOUR CAR IS EXTRA CREDIT...

Directions:

From the 91 Fwy West, exit on 14th Street and make a right. From the 91 Fwy East, exit on 14th Street and make a left. Proceed on 14th Street past the cemetery and turn left on Glenwood Drive. Follow Glenwood Drive past the Mt Rubidoux entrance and park in the parking lot, or on the street. Parking is so much better this year.

The trailhead is marked by a Frank Miller Memorial Park sign. We will be waiting at the rock wall by the sign.

 

Do not leave valuables in your parked car.

Waiver of Liability/Disclaimer Please read before signing up for this event.

These organizers are not professional hikers or trained leaders and are not medically trained to handle emergencies.  Please carry a personal medical emergency kit and any medications you need.  Hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injuries including but not limited to slip and fall injuries, fractures, rattlesnake bites, heat exhaustion, poison oak, ticks and frostbite.  By participating in this event/hike you agree to not hold these organizers liable for any harm that may come to you, your guests, or your property.  Always remember to let the event organizer know if you are leaving the group.  Stay on the trail, never hike alone and use you own common sense.

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  • Luana B.

    I had a great time, met some new hiker, and that was fun

    March 27, 2014

  • Big Game J.

    Cool little hike up our beloved Mt Rubidoux with a nice bunch of people.

    March 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad you all caught the lovely weather :)

      March 26, 2014

    • Luana B.

      It was great weather....but the wind got a bit cooler up on the top...lol

      March 27, 2014

  • Steve-O

    Ducking out too... shows 2 hour drive for me now on google maps....

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Its actually nice out. Little bit of wind spots of clouds. Other than that its sunny.

    March 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll post up a pic of current conditions :)

      March 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Pic taken on pine st. Between 9th and university. DO NOT know conditions up top. :)

      March 26, 2014

  • Tina

    :-( Unfortunately, I'm going to have to back out too. Same as Sandy...just getting over a cold and can't afford a relapse. Please post this hike again soon... I hear its a great hike!

    March 26, 2014

    • Big Game J.

      Get well Tina!

      March 26, 2014

    • Tina

      Thanks James.... Hope to get out with y'all soon! I really enjoyed that first hike and can't wait to go again!

      March 26, 2014

  • Steve-O

    Can I bring my black lab?

    March 26, 2014

  • Sandy

    I think I'm going to pass on this one and wait til it's warmer. Just getting over a cold...next one for sure!!

    March 26, 2014

  • Judy D.

    Going to have to cancel. Too much work to do. Will catch up with you next week for sure.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to cancel. At ER with dog after surgery today.

    March 25, 2014

    • Luana B.

      OH no,,,,I am calling

      March 25, 2014

  • Sandy

    Yeh! :) I've never hiked it..will be fun!

    March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still haven't gone up there yet... one day... and shucks that's when class starts :) have a wonderful hike/walk everyone.

    March 25, 2014

  • Luana B.

    Please note, since there is rain be called for this Wednesday, Please check here before heading out. Just in case we have to cancel...

    March 23, 2014

    • Big Game J.

      Ok Luana, so you're going to post a comment here the morning of whether its a go or not, right. I can always wear my waterproof windbreaker.. :)

      March 24, 2014

    • Luana B.

      Well, I thinking closer to around say...4 ....I would to cancel it 9 and then have no more rain for the day...So I think 4...but if its just a light mist, I am walking. I am not shit or sugar, so I wont melt...down pour, and I might bright a boat... so check about 4 for a green light, or bright your water proof windbreaker.

      2 · March 24, 2014

  • Luana B.

    I am heading up today. If anyone would like to join. I will be heading up at 6 sharp. Since is not a planned/scheduled walked. This is just up and down. I am leaving from work so wont be checking here to see if anyone is joining me. [masked] text me. your name and that you will join.

    March 19, 2014

  • Luana B.

    Ymonne, me to.... I have not done it in a while, so I am going to walk up this wednesday, give it a try and see how it goes, and see how some of the "off path" trails are....I want to make sure i make it to the top with the group...would funny to be the leader not make to the top...NOT

    2 · March 10, 2014

    • Big Game J.

      I bet you'll sound fine Luana! Besides, with a name like Lazy Ass Hiking, we can take its as slow as we like.. :)

      1 · March 12, 2014

    • Luana B.

      I am really not worried, just want to make sure we can get up and down before its to dark.... lol

      2 · March 12, 2014

  • Ymonne

    I love hiking and Mt Rubidoux.

    March 9, 2014

    • Big Game J.

      Me too. Mt Rubidoux has so much to offer for a hill on the edge of town..

      March 10, 2014

    • Kristy

      I do too ymonne i have been walking this mountian since 17...

      1 · March 11, 2014

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