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Historic Trails of Rubio Canyon, part I (difficult)

Here we take advantage of MLK day and visit two rugged and historic trails of Rubio Canyon.

Estimated stats: around 9.5 miles, and 3000' of gain.

The first is the Lone Tree Trail. This trail has been hidden for decades under dense brush- in fact, it is included in John Robinson's Trails of the Angeles in the "Trails that Used to Be" appendix, but recently it has been rebuilt thanks to serious effort by Altadena's trail enthusiasts. There's a reason too: this trail is really beautiful. We will use this to ascend 3000' to Mt Muir. Lunch.

For descent, we will head to Inspiration Point, then start with Castle Canyon, then follow roughly the grade of the Echo Mtn cable-car (the so-called Incline Trail) to get back down to the floor of Rubio Canyon.

These trails are steep and rough, and, in places, non-existant - be prepared. We will have to scramble up and down piddling amounts of rock (around 10' in each direction), but it can be negotiated very safely. This should be regarded as an Advanced hike.

NOTE: i do not have an address for the debris basin. 1000 E Loma Alta shows up correctly in google maps. It should be roughly at the intersection of Camp Huntington Rd and E Loma Alta Dr/Rubio Canyon Rd (it changes name at this point). You can park on the embankment on the south (debris basin side), east of the bridge.

Directions from the 210 Freeway: exit Lake Ave, go N (up-hill) 2.6 mi. Take a R (E) on Altadena Dr for 0.8 mi, and then L (uphill) on small Porter Ave until it ends, at Loma Alta. Turn L (W) on Loma Alta. Now look for the debris basin on your left (chain-link fence, no trespassing signs, and an obvious basin, in 0.6 miles). If you get to the bridge, you've just passed it.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    That was an incredible loop on Sean's trail!

    January 22, 2013

  • Sean G.

    Those are some really good pictures. Andrew, you have quite an eye for composition, but I think Cheyenne wins some bonus points for catching the champagne cork in flight.

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Sean G.

    It was a pleasure hiking with the group. Thanks! Some of you asked about the trail's website. Here's a link:
    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1539441

    1 · January 21, 2013

    • iLedy

      Thank you, Sean, for all the effort and time you've dedicated into making Lone Pine Tree Trail the way it is today. And also for the facts that you provided about it.

      January 21, 2013

    • iLedy

      It should be Lone Tree Trail. Oops!

      January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is a hard hike, but very nice.
    Thanks, Dave for organizing the hike. Happy Birthday!
    Thanks, Sean for all your hard work to restore the trail.
    It is nice meeting all of you.
    Hope to go hiking with you in the future

    January 21, 2013

  • iLedy

    Thank you, Dave, for organizing the hike. You make it possible for hikers to enjoy other trails that are not always the same one. Happy birthday! The champagne was awesome. As usual, always glad to see you, Andrew! Thank you, Sean.

    January 21, 2013

  • Andrew

    Great hike, difficult but well worth the effort. Thanks Dave for doing a great job organizing....& Happy Birthday! Thanks also to Sean for your hard work in restoring this awesome trail!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Dave B.

    For the record, the exact trails used from Echo Mtn were: the Chalet trail, the Throne trail, the Old Echo Mtn Tr, the good part of the Incline Tr, then the Rubio Right-of-Way to an unnamed access trail. (I didn't update the write-up beforehand to avoid confusion - i didn't know the names before)

    2 · January 21, 2013

  • Andrew

    I have an oblidation on monday, but Im hoping to pass it on. Im still up in the air about it, but I really want to do this hike.

    January 19, 2013

  • Pau M.

    I will be working. Bummer! Have Fun Guys.

    January 15, 2013

    • Dave B.

      I really like this hike, so maybe I'll redo it someday. Especially likely to do it reverse sometime.

      January 15, 2013

    • Dave B.

      Also, there's a sequel. Hopefully.

      January 15, 2013

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