Rubio Canyon Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Altadena, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
I didn't finish because the pathway was gone and instead it became rock climbing or become a goat. I have a fear of heights and that's just something i can't do. narrow trails, ok but literally climbing against a rock-NO!
Very light traffic trail. Mostly high grass bushes. Easy to get lost. Not much shade, some area is very hard to climb. Not easy to the dogs.
short, but interesting canyon.
It's a good trail, but the Easy label is entirely misleading. There's a very good reason why most of the GPS tracks don't show people making it all the way to the end. The first 1/3 of the distance (up until you get to the foundation for the old train up the mountain) is easy and well-maintained (though narrow at some points). After that point it's more rock hopping for another 1/3 (although easy to get confused once you get into the riverbed - keep that map handy). But the last 1/3 is moderate to high difficulty. You must climb up a steep, loose shale incline that shifts constantly, and once you've done that you are essentially following a goat path that's about as wide as your boot in some places, clutching onto the greenery to keep you from tumbling down a sheer drop. I made the trip up until we got to the spot that puts you directly between an amazing view of Los Angeles (and Long Beach off to the right, in the distance), and a sheer drop to a spectacular water fall (at least 100 feet tall) on the other side. But we didn't go further since I wasn't sure how I was going to get my dog and two kids (11 and 14) down the hill again before it got dark. I ended up carrying the dog while coaching the kids down while I prayed they wouldn't lose their footing. Definitely an adventure, but only the first 2/3ds really fits the listed skill level. If you want to take the family, plan to stop once it gets difficult, because it doesn't ever get better. Or just go to Eaton Canyon, where most of the hike is on level ground. But if you can leave the family behind and want a fun mountaineering adventure, by all means go the distance. Just don't share all the details with a skittish significant other or they'll never let you go "hiking" with the kids again.
I'd rate this "easy/moderate" for the loose rocky steep portion up to the vantage plateau. Still a nice trail that's short yet somewhat challenging, views are of the steep canyon and DTLA in the smoggy distance.
Very hot with little cover for summer. May be ok for cloudy day or early. Had to turn around before the end, but the trail was empty and was a nice close portal to wilderness. There are initial views of the LA basin before entering the more secluded part of the canyon. As others mentioned some sections of the trail are not well-maintained: watch your step!
Easy to find now with directions. Was a nice walk, but very hot. Not much shade on trail and had to turn around before the end. Will come back during a cooler month. May be fine early morning or on a cloudy day. As someone mentioned before, parts of the trail are not well maintained. Watch your step!
its an easy hike this is my 5th time hiking rubio canyon trail. the trail in some places is not in good condition so watch where you step..watch for the trail its easy to lose it passing the former site of rubio pavellion towards the falls as long as you follow the creek bed and ,watch out for big boulders enjoy the hike and come back the same way you went in.....