The trail into Rubio Canyon follows the follows the right-of-way for the former Mount Lowe Railway, taking hikers on a shaded one-mile walk that leads to a series of waterfalls. The trail passes the site of the Rubio Pavilion Hotel and the beginning of the historic Rubio Incline — a funicular that transported residents of the San Gabriel Valley to popular mountain resorts over 100 years ago.
The trailhead begins between two houses, at 1351 and 1342 Pleasantridge Drive. Be sure to check out the AFC trail box as you begin along the trail.
Hikers would be wise to wear hiking boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a hat, and are advised to bring water.
Hikers will be exposed to dangers and hazards, including some of the following: steep trails, narrow trails, variable trail conditions, trail protrusions, unstable trails, poor trail conditions, and portions of trails that are sometimes near steep slopes with large drop-offs; unstable decomposed granite and other unstable soil conditions; falling rocks; water flowing in streams with slippery rocks; dangerous wildlife like rattlesnakes, mountain lions, bear, coyote, rattlesnakes, tics and mosquitoes; dangerous plants like poison oak and protruding plants; hot, cold, wet and unpredictable weather.
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