Mt. Rubidoux

Riverside, CA
Length: 3.00 mi.
Type: Lollipop

About This Trail

[Total: 4    Average: 3.3/5]

In the heart of Riverside, this popular “mountain” trail is a great workout for all ages. There are multiple ways to park and access Mt. Rubidoux Park, but the easiest way is to park at nearby Ryan Bonomino Park. Your trail starts by heading up San Andreas Ave/ Glenwood Dr to the trail head at the foot of Mt. Rubidoux (all paved, along the street on a sidewalk, somewhat uphill). The trail is all uphill to Mt. Rubidoux Peak and the Peace Tower, but there are several spots along the way for the kids to play with dirt and climb rocks. What is great about this hike is that most of the trail is paved, so kids can ride in a stroller on the way uphill. At the top is a great view of Riverside, plus giant steps leading to a flag and the Peace Tower on the north side or the Mt. Rubidoux summit, Cross, and elevation marker on the south side. Kids will have  a great time scrambling up to either or both landmarks. To finish the hike you can return the way you came, or loop around the mountain to see the views you haven’t seen yet.

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Trail Features

Surface type Mixed
Elevation gain 500 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights


Boulders and giant steps to scramble on, views of Riverside, historic landmarks (giant cross, Peace Tower).

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Free at Ryan Bonaminio Park. Beware of parking on the street, there are a lot of signs and regulations against parking in certain areas at specific times.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 4    Average: 3.3/5]

My name is Nicole Dominick, and I’ve been hiking with Hike it Baby since May 2016 with my daughter. She is now 4.5 years old and has hiked over 400 miles! She has been carried for most of those miles, but we enjoy every journey. We were both born and raised in Southern CA but now live in Colorado Springs, CO.


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