Hike Rubio Canyon

Rubio Canyon Trails Reopen – 2/19/2021

Today we reopened the Rubio Canyon trailhead at Pleasantridge Drive.  Please be respectful of our neighbors and park carefully, do not smoke on the trail, and pack out your trash.  We also encourage everyone to wear masks, avoid crowds and do not gather in groups.  Here’s a link to these and other County guidelines that can help us keep this and other trails open:


Rubio Canyon Trails Closure – 1/7/2021

AFC’s policy during the COVID-19 pandemic has been to follow LA County trail safety guidelines as closely as possible.  According to County guidelines, if trails become overcrowded and there is a lack of compliance with trail user guidelines, trail closures may be reinstated.

Following weeks of overcrowding and lack of safety compliance, AFC is working with neighbors to temporarily close Rubio Canyon Preserve trails.  We will be organizing controlled-access opportunities, and volunteer events to repair and maintain the trails after this period of overuse.  We will reevaluate our access policy every month.

For current information about AFC’s Rubio Canyon Preserve and it’s trails, call Tim Martinez at (626) 808-7964.

For more information on LA County safety guidelines, please visit the following link: 



Rubio Trail MapThe 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.

Click here for directions and map.