Ascent of Mount Rubidoux on 2011-05-16

Climber: Joseph Esparza

Date:Monday, May 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Rubidoux
    Elevation:1329 ft / 405 m

Ascent Trip Report


Probably my least favorite hike in So Cal, Mt Rubidoux (1,361') is just too urban for me. It is a good family hike if you do not have all day. On weekends, the park is packed. On the way you see many historical landmarks, and a great giant cross at the summit. This mountain held the first Sunrise Easter Service in the country, so it is a special place.

The Trail: Begin the hike through a semi-arid plant area, filled with grasses, cactus, yucca and trees every now and then. At the trail split with a memorial that says Huntington on it, turn right. Cross under a castle bell tower and soon you wind about the side of the mountain. You get good views of the Santa Ana Riverbed, flowing with water from the shoulders of San Gorgonio to the ocean. You cross under a wooden bridge and you soon see the green colored Santa Ana Mountains to the South, including Santiago Peak. After you gain a couple hundred feet and then some stair climbing, you arrive at the summit of the mountain. Return the same way, or take another trail around the left side of the mountain down.
Riverside County Hiked 5-16-11
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Total Elevation Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Trail to the Right and down Left Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mt. Rubidoux Park  729 ft / 222 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    End Trailhead:Same  729 ft / 222 m

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