The Most Popular Mountain in the City of Riverside


Mt. Rubidoux Panorama-Photo Taken by Randy McEoin via Flickr

Mount Rubidoux is considered one of the most popular hiking trails in the City of Riverside. Historic landmarks and an amazing view await anyone who makes it to the top.

Thousands of hikers visit the four-mile trial everyday but not many people realize just how significant this mountain is and how rich in history it really is. This is a trail visited by many people throughout the year. Some go up there with their family and friends, others use it as a fitness routine or just as a pleasant way to walk their dog and get a wonderful view.

Mount Rubidoux’s history dates back to the mid 1800’s when the property was first purchased by Louis Rubidoux in 1847. In February of 1907, Brigadier General Hiram Chittenden completed a road to the top of Mt. Rubidoux. In order to commemorate the opening of the road the United States Flag was raised on top of the mountain. It has become an iconic part of the mountain and remains up at the top to this day.

There are multiple ways to get to the top. There are dirt roads and paved roads. There is no right way to get up there all roads lead to the top it is up to each person to decide what works for them. One of the trails will take you straight up the side of the mountain while another is a loop. The loop will take you around different parts of the mountain. This may be a good option for those who wish to get the full experience and see all parts of Mt. Rubidoux and the surrounding area.

While there are dirt areas that allow hikers to get to the top, the smooth paved trail makes it a much more pleasant hike for many visitors. The paved trails have proven to be among the most popular because of their accessibility. Having a paved trail makes it easier for younger visitors to get to the top as well as senior citizens who wish to make the trip to the top.

Hikers can use the available parking at Ryan Bonaminio Park. From there it is a short walk to the paved trail up to Mt. Rubidoux. Carlson Dog Park is located on Mission Inn Avenue and may also be used for parking. There are areas where parking is not allowed so all those who plan to go up Mt. Rubidoux are advised to take precaution and be aware of where the designated parking areas are.

The flag along with the cross on top of Mt. Rubidoux are visible for miles when approaching the area. The top of the mountain is a very popular place among visitors because it serves as a picnic area, some love the amazing view or chose it as a spot to sit and think, and for the younger visitors it is the perfect spot for a selfie.

On your way to the top there are different things to see. There are benches along the way for anyone who wants to sit and admire the view. On clear days it has been reported by some hikers that you can see all the way out to Chino! If you go up Ben-Lewis Bridge it will take you straight to the top. Chose to go under it and you will still have to go around the other side of the mountain to get to the top. The bridge is named after Ben H. Lewis the thirteenth mayor of Riverside.


Mt. Rubidoux Peace Tower and Friendship Bridge-Photo Taken by Randy McEoin via Flickr

Other landmarks that you will find if you decide to visit Mt. Rubidoux will be Peace Tower and Friendship Bridge. Both built in 1925 in honor of Frank Miller who developed the park and installed the road that leads to the top.

The cross located at the top of Mt. Rubidoux was placed there in April 1907 and was dedicated to Fray Junipero Serra, founder of the California Misssions. On November 10, 1976 Mt. Rubidoux was designated as a Cultural Heritage Landmark.

Mt. Rubidoux is right in our own backyard. Anyone who visits this incredible place will not be disappointed. It is a great way to spend the day with family and friends. For those who want to change up their daily workouts this could be the ideal spot.

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