Mount Rubidoux Trail

Riverside, California 92501

Mount Rubidoux Trail

Mount Rubidoux Trail Professional Guide

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"This family-, bike-, and dog-friendly trail goes up through a beautiful wilderness park in the heart of the city of Riverside. The hike offers the choice of a longer, steadier climb or a shorter but steeper trip. The entire region can be surveyed from the top, which is adorned with a lovely castlelike tower and flag. The Mount Rubidoux Trail is a fantastic getaway right within the Riverside city limits. The trail itself is an old road that has been locked and gated and made accessible only to pedestrians and bicyclists. The road contours around the prominent hillside and wraps the summit in a large loop. Hikers can enjoy a quick and steep 1.25-mile outing to the summit or follow the more gradual 2.25-mile ascent to the top."

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Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Rubidoux’s most significant sights-to-see are the Peace Tower and Friendship Bridge. Frank Miller was a lifelong advocate for world peace and his friends constructed the distinct tower to honor him in 1925. For many, many years, Mt. Rubidoux was a drive, not a hike. Arrows painted on rocks indicated an “up” route and “down” route for autos. The mountain has been closed to vehicles since 1992. Autumn sunsets, when nearby mountains glow red, purple and blue, are particularly memorable. Winter brings vistas of snow-capped summits. Locals access the mountain from several trailheads, but the best route for first-time Rubidoux ramblers is by way of the Ninth Street gate, an inspired beginning for what can be an inspiring jaunt." Read more
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"Mt. Rubidoux is a prominent granite hill located west of downtown Riverside and south of the Santa Ana River. The mountain is named for Louis Rubidoux, who settled the area in the mid-1800s, but it was Frank Miller, one of Riverside’s early promoters and the builder of the historic Mission Inn, who transformed Mt. Rubidoux from an anonymous bump to a much-loved and inspirational park. Miller originally intended to develop the mountain for expensive homes, but his plans failed. Instead, Miller graded a road circling up the mountain; it is this road that hikers, cyclists, joggers, and strollers enjoy today." Read more
101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"Mount Rubidoux is a prominent granite hill located west of downtown Riverside and south of the Santa Ana River. The mountain is named for Louis Rubidoux, who settled the area in the mid-1800s, but it was Frank Miller, one of Riverside’s early promoters and the builder of the historic Mission Inn, who transformed Mount Rubidoux from an anonymous bump to a much-loved and inspirational park. Miller originally intended to develop the mountain for mansions, but his plan failed. Instead, Miller graded a road circling up the mountain that hikers, cyclists, joggers, and strollers enjoy today." Read more

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6/7/2018
Paved trail all the way up good for stroller
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2/23/2010
This is a great hike for the beginner to intermediate walker/hiker. the trails r paved all the way up, the views are incredible. there is also a dirt trail if u want a lil more of a challenge. there r 3 ways of getting to the top. 2 paved, 1 dirt. one way is longer then the other. the longer route goes around the right side. the shorter route on the left but it is steeper in the incline. highly recommend.
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8/8/2008
This is a great, easy trail for walkers and joggers. Easy to get to, nice workout for even out of shape walkers (like me!). Takes about an hour to get to the top and back. Some steep parts near the top, but you can bypass them if you don't feel up to it. Beautiful views of Riverside! Busy most times of the day, so it's safe to walk alone.
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11/18/2007
The trail to Sitton Peak is a "roller coaster" trail. The trail head is at elevation 1980 feet and the peak is at elevation 3246 feet or a total elevation gain of 1266 feet over 4.9 miles. Approximatly 260 feet of elevation gain per mile would be classified normally an easy trail. However, in the first 1.9 miles over 710 feet elevation gain occurs. Then 100 feet of elevation is lost in the next mile before it is gained back in the next half mile. From the "four corners" area which is actually a five trail junction the trail climbs 343 feet in a mile before losing 267 feet to come to junction of the last quarter mile of trail that leads to the peak. This last quarter mile gains 413 feet which makes it a 40 percent slope or 36 degrees ie. STEEP! This part of the trail is very narrow and unimproved. However, once you reach the top it's worth it. We were able to see distinctlly Saddleback Peak and all its antennae, Mt. San Gorgonio (75+ miles away), Mt. San Jacinto (75+ miles away), and the dome of the 200 inch Hale Telescope on Mt. Palomar (40+) miles away. Great trail but definitely not classfied as an easy trail.
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10/1/2003
A good solid day hike. There are a bunch of trails up there, and Sitton can be approached from a number of directions and distances thanks to the Four Corners trail junction. The view is spectacular if the day is very clear. The final 1/4 mile is quite steep, but not a major problem. Can be extremely hot.
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5/29/2003
I really liked this trail. After feeling a bit strangled from the city life, I was just overjoyed to find a wilderness only an hour away. The Ortega highway is long and winding, and except for the mass amount of smog, all other indications of city are wiped away. And the candy store at the base of the trail is so cool. Anyway, I saw lots of wildflowers I had never seen before, and once I crossed the creek (full of tadpoles) into the wilderness area, there were plenty more. Watch out for poison oak and possible ticks. I hiked in shorts anyway. I happened to hike on a beautiful, breezy day, but I could see it getting very hot on this trail. Anyway, the hike is fairly easy with very little sharp elevation gain (the last quarter mile to the top is steep, but it's worth it). At the top of Sitton Peak, I signed in and stood on the peak letting the wind cleanse me. A turkey vulture swooped not 10 feet from my head and I could hear the wind through its feathers! Apparantly, sometimes, you can see Catalina from this peak. I could not on this day, but all I could see was hill after hill, and it felt very peaceful. I've done lots of hiking, but I am finding out that a good hike is often relevant to how badly you need it. This wilderness is a blessing to those of you really needing to just go somewhere mellow and quiet to just be.
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Trail Information

Riverside
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
TOPO! CD: California CD 10; USGS: Riverside West
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