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Rubio Canyon

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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  • The Rubio Canyon Trailhead.- Rubio Canyon
  • The Rubio Canyon Trail crosses aquaduct pipes.- Rubio Canyon
  • Rubio Canyon Trail.- Rubio Canyon
  • View over Rubio Wash Debris Basin.- Rubio Canyon
  • Small native plant garden.- Rubio Canyon
  • Turn left at the intersection by the native plant garden.- Rubio Canyon
  • Exposed hillside.- Rubio Canyon
  • Rubio Canyon Trail.- Rubio Canyon
  • Rubio Canyon Trail.- Rubio Canyon
  • Rubio Canyon Trail slowly becomes less established.- Rubio Canyon
  • Rubio Canyon Trail slowly becomes less established.- Rubio Canyon
  • The trail crawls over the ruins of Rubio Pavilion.- Rubio Canyon
  • The hike requires hiking over and under pipes.- Rubio Canyon
  • The trail eventually disappears and becomes a scramble through the canyon.- Rubio Canyon
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Rubio Canyon
  • Site of the dry Moss Grotto and Ribbon Rock Falls.- Rubio Canyon
  • The trail eventually disappears and becomes a scramble through the canyon.- Rubio Canyon
  • Succulents along the trail.- Rubio Canyon
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Rubio Canyon
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Rubio Canyon
  • The trail passes under some major power lines.- Rubio Canyon
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Rubio Canyon
  • View toward Los Angeles.- Rubio Canyon
  • California dodder.- Rubio Canyon
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Seclusion. Great views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Exposed. Slippery scrambles. Hard-to-follow trail.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
415.00 ft (126.49 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,795.00 ft (547.12 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Even in a heavy rain season, the double falls that bring most visitors here (Moss Grotto and Ribbon Rock) may not be flowing, but that's no reason to avoid this hike. The interesting history, killer view of L.A., and the plant life are worthy of their own excursion.

At the turn of the 20th century, Rubio Canyon hosted a tram that led to Echo Mountain and a service pavilion for its passengers. The tram cars were dubbed "white chariots," and they ran from 1893 to 1936. In 1909, though, Rubio Pavilion was destroyed by a storm and the resultant errant boulders. Some of the foundation remains today, and it can be seen along the trail along with occasional glimpses of the previous rail bed.

In winter and spring, a multitude of wildflowers and even mushrooms can be found along the trail. At the first trail intersection, take a few moments to stop at the small teaching garden and learn about the native plants you'll encounter on your trip.

A lucky visitor will be able to view the modest double falls of Moss Grotto Falls and Ribbon Rock Falls, which are dry most of the year. If the falls are dry, it's worth continuing along the canyon and scouting out the local flora. The trail eventually degrades and becomes a steep scramble up loose rock, so exercise caution when reaching this part of the canyon.

Dogs are allowed but not recommended due to the unstable trail with steep drop-offs.

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