Rubio Canyon, 3BII ... on a Monday!

  • March 17, 2014 · 8:00 AM

Rubio Canyon, 3BII

"This hike presents the adventurer with a special combination of intriguing stories of human endevour and the challenges of a precipitous canyon in the foothills north of Pasadena. It involves a straightforward trail hike to the top of the historic promontory known as Echo Mountain followed by a descent through the rugged Rubio Canyon. Rubio is a relatively small canyon that begins on the southern slope of Mount Lowe, swerves to the east as it runs behind Echo Mountain and then turns south again as it emerges from the mountains."  

• Hiking time: 5.5 hours

• Estimated hiking distance: 4 miles

• Elevation gain: 1408 feet

• USGS Topo Maps: Mount Wilson, Pasadena

• Difficulties: Five or six rappels ranging in height from 15ft to 80ft, several with gently flowing water.

• Rating: 3B II

We'll meet at the corner of Lake Avenue and Loma Alta in Altadena at 8:00 am.  We'll set up our car shuttle and try to start hiking by 8:30am.

Our feet will get wet and we might get a little splash, but no wetsuits are required.  There's also quite a hike up a mountain with our gear before our canyon begins ... let's call it a MULTI-SPORT adventure

NOTE: Since this is not a guided trip and because canyoneering is a team sport where every member should be able to rappel well, inspect anchors, build new anchors, rig for all contingencies, manage ropes efficiently and contribute in every aspect of the adventure, anyone who's profile doesn't reflect the appropriate training or sufficient experience will not be allowed to participate.

Group gear:
2X 200' Rope
120' Rescue Rope
Webbing & Rapides
First Aid Kit

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  • Marlen

    Great day today! Thank you everyone for making it so much fun!
    I uploaded my photos for you :) See you next time!

    3 · March 17

  • Amanda R.

    Thanks everyone for an awesome first canyon, and helping me build up some confidence. So far, no signs of poison oak! Depending on how you look at, I'm sorry or you're welcome for showing my bum. I'll wear sturdier pants next time :)

    3 · March 19

    • Kim "Kowhugger" K.

      Perhaps we should start a new trend in Canyoneering, Amanda.

      2 · March 19

    • Kim M.

      I'm pro "canyon booty", lol!!!! Such a good time with you guys and lots of laughs, let's start that new trend!!! ;-)

      March 19

  • jeff S

    Great group made it a super fun canyon! Thanks everyone!!

    3 · March 17

  • Kim M.

    Awesome day today, thanks Klaus for putting it together for us on a Monday!! Great group of people who made it a lot of fun too!!

    1 · March 17

  • JASON M.

    Awsome! Sorry I went too faster for some I should have gathered more group feedback along the way!

    1 · March 17

  • Chris S.

    Thanks for putting this together Klaus. Great group, and I look forward to doing more canyons with you guys in the future.

    3 · March 17

  • Chris S.

    Here in the black Tacoma.

    March 17

    • jeff S

      Sitting at the corner in blue shirt

      March 17

  • Kim "Kowhugger" K.

    I still need to purchase rope and bag(s) but will come with webbing and first aid kit. I only have rust and black webbing as they were out of tan. Black was universal, right? Also, apologies in advance, I have some allergy/lung stuff going on so I may be a bit slow the hike up but I promise to try my darndest to not slow us down.

    1 · March 16

  • Dave T.

    Sorry, to back out on this has caught up to me. Have fun!

    March 16

  • Chris S.

    Bringing 200' of 8mm rope, 30 ft of webbing, and a few rapides..

    March 16

  • Kim M.

    My +1 would be Jason :-)

    February 28

    • Klaus G.

      since this event was primarily for you, Jason and Kim, I had reserved space for you ... so you are all in!

      3 · February 28

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