Rubio Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(134)
Angeles National Forest

Rubio Canyon Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Altadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 800 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

closed

This trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
private property
1 month ago

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy has closed this trail. We look forward to when the trails can be reopened for hikers and volunteers to enjoy. Tim Martinez Program and Land Administrator Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy to miss the trail as you descend into the canyon

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

Scenic short trail. Took trail up to echo mountain from this trail. It's easy to miss the turn up the mountain. Warning: You have to climb rocks to get onto the trail to echo mtn which is steep & narrow and overgrown with bushes and agave and becomes rocky and slippery as you approach echo mtn. Definitely wear long pants to protect your legs and good traction is a must. Great vistas on the way up. I encountered only one other hiker who was coming down the steep and rocky slopes. After touring echo mountain lodge and railroad I made it down Sam Merrill which was long, easy, and full of hikers coming up to see the sunset.

awesome hike..

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

This is a short and an easy to moderate trail due to the rocky conditions and boulders that result from run-off (it is a watershed canyon after all that feeds local water supply). I started at E Loma Alta and walked to the trailhead (about a mile each way). The first 3/4 of the trail is much easier than the last 1/4. At about the half way point you cross the ruins of what is left of the base of the Incline that used to go to Echo Mountain. After about 15 mins further you will come across the “moss grotto” that usually has a small waterfall in winter and a trickle of spring water in summer. It’s quite peaceful here. I usually turn around here but if you are adventurous you can continue up the canyon on lots of rocks and scree. You can continue all the way up and to the left through a steep trail that will take you to a rocky outcropping that overlooks a magnificent Thalehaha Falls and Roaring Rift Falls (combined over 100’). Behind you is also a spectacular view of Los Angeles to the ocean. I haven’t ventured in further to see Leontine Falls yet. That would require an additional trip further up the trail only about an 1/8th of a mile but very steep and rocky. Perhaps another day.

hiking
washed out
5 months ago

5 months ago

One of the more interesting Canyon trails in the area. The ever present lack of trail markings, maps and signage was annoying. I scrambled over 2 spots where the trail became really iffy, but then turned into a skinny switch back and I saw a sign for Echo Mountain. However I eventually turned back because it didn’t seem like there was a loop. It’s steep and I wouldn’t take kids or a dog on those scrambly parts.

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
blowdown
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
8 months ago

Little shade. Scrambled off trail, with our pups. Got stabbed by agave. Found last bit water on the washout. Had a great time on a 98 degree day!!!

hiking
9 months ago

No waterfall right now, but the hile itself isnt great

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

I went last weekend (meant to write this sooner) after a couple of overcast, slightly rainy days and was surprised by how wet the trail still was. Its pretty overgrown at the moment which makes it very beautiful but also easy to lose the trail in a couple spots. Also because so much of the brush has grown across the trail and was holding dew, my dog and I were surprisingly drenched early on, despite the fact that it was one o’clock on a sunny day. I had to stop to wring out my socks and pour water out of my shows several times along the way. That said, it’s really beautiful now and well worth the time.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Need to go back to try and find more falls

over grown
rocky
Sun May 05 2019

hiking
Sun Mar 24 2019

Mines waterfalls river historical. See http://thehikinghigh.wordpress.com

hiking
Mon Jan 28 2019

I love this trail! There is a little bit of water as of 1/27, but the trail to the upper falls viewpoint has been completely wiped out...still worth the walk, it’s a nice, wild little jaunt through the canyon.

See the review at http://thehikinghigh.wordpress.com #thehikinghigh

Fri Jan 04 2019

Great trail and very remote. will definitely come back and use it as a jumping off point for ascending the upper peaks on the front range.

Showing results 1 - 19 of 134