Rubio Canyon

Angeles National Forest, California

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Rubio Canyon is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Angeles National Forest. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,827 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,047 feet. The trail ends near the Moss Grotto Falls, Grand Chasm Falls, and Ribbon Rocks Falls waterfalls.
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Rubio Canyon is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Angeles National Forest. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,827 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,047 feet. The trail ends near the Moss Grotto Falls, Grand Chasm Falls, and Ribbon Rocks Falls waterfalls. This trail connects with the following: Incline Railway Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Angeles National Forest
Distance: 0.6
Elevation Gain: 1,047 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,827 feet
Top Elevation: 2,230 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Rubio Canyon
Parks: Angeles National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 1827/2230 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1827/1827 ft
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Best Easy Day Hikes: San Gabriel Valley

Best Easy Day Hikes: San Gabriel Valley

Hike up a rugged canyon to several lovely waterfalls.

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Best Hikes Near Los Angeles

Best Hikes Near Los Angeles

Scramble across boulders and traverse narrow footpaths to historic Rubio Pavilion and majestic Ribbon Rock Falls.

With unprecedented scenery and panoramic vistas of the Los Angeles metro area, Rubio Canyon is a worthwhile endeavor for hiking enthusiasts of all skill levels. The Angeles National Forest is a beautiful and rugged range filled with fantastic views and lush forests.

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Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide

Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide

Nature always has the last word. Maybe that’s the lesson to be learned from the on-and-off-and-on-again waterfalls of Rubio Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains. The falls, beloved by Southland hikers for more than a century, were snuffed out in 1998 when Rubio Cañon Land & Water Association workers, attempting to reroute pipe damaged by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, accidentally triggered a massive rockslide. Tons of rock rubble buried a half-dozen heavenly cascades: Moss Grotto, Ribbon Rock, Grand Chasm, Lodged Boulder, Roaring Rift and Thalehaha. Hikers were furious, as were local conservationists who, for decades, had questioned why the canyon’s sanctity was violated by miles of pipe when the water company’s small number of customers could be served by wells and other sources at the base of the mountains. The tiny water company said no way it could afford to clean up the mess. Lawsuits and legal claims were readied. Finally the U.S. Forest Service agreed to build a road into the canyon and haul out the rock debris. The water company, concerned about getting stuck with a $3 million invoice for the Rubio Canyon rock removal, appealed the Forest Service’s decision.

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May 2018