AFC also envisions a hiking-only north-south Altadena Crest Trail route that would connect to a historic trail that extends through San Gabriel National Forest land up the ridge to the Sam Merrill Trail that is the continuation of the Altadena Crest Trail route to the west.
These trails would provide two loops through the Preserve of approximately to accommodate local hikes to support environmental education and nature experience, in addition to the through connections.
An old cabin is situated along the public road at the base of the hill where the multi-use trail would emerge. It serves as a meeting space and storage area for Preserve stewardship and trail volunteers. AFC’s goal is to improve it to be a public environmental education center with native plant nursery behind.
An abandoned residence that was built on a steep cliff above the cabin threatens to topple down on it. AFC will demolish the house, stabilize the steep slope and convert the former building pad into a gathering spot for environmental education, focused on youth and families. The objective is to not only teach them about the plants, animals, geology, hydrology, and natural processes, but get them involved in protection and restoration, and learn how much joy there is to be had in nature.
The current steep driveway and cut slope below the teetering old house will be reconfigured into a gentler gradient multi-use trail and restored natural habitat.
The eastern part of this multi-use trail connection would involve an approximately 100 foot bridge over a steep canyon. This would allow the restoration of old roads cut into steep slopes that currently accommodate the Altadena Crest Trail east of the Preserve that are failing, causing serious erosion and water quality impacts in the riparian corridor below.
Rubio Canyon Preserve has just the right size of land and trail system, variety of landscapes, opportunities for healing of prior damage, and proximity to urban areas to be an ideal place for the uninitiated to be introduced to the edge of the wilderness. The envisioned improvements will allow AFC to greatly expand its’ current mission and outreach efforts to include schools, clubs, church groups and the general public.