Mount Rubidoux is a mountain just west of downtown in the city of Riverside, California, United States, that has been designated a city park and landmark. The mountain was once a popular Southern California tourist destination and is still the site of the oldest outdoor non-denominational Easter Sunrise service in the United States. Many historic markers and memorials have been placed on the mountain, the most prominent being the cross at the summit dedicated to Father Junípero Serra.The Santa Ana River flows at the base of the mountain, marking the boundary between the city of Riverside and the Rubidoux neighborhood of the City of Jurupa Valley.The mountain was named for Louis Rubidoux, who established Rancho Rubidoux in 1847, after purchasing a portion of the Rancho Jurupa from Benjamin Davis Wilson, the second elected mayor of Los Angeles.HistoryTom Patterson, as well as most local Riverside historians, have concluded that the original name of Mount Rubidoux was Pachappa. They speculate that one of the early owners of Rancho Jurupa reassigned the name Pachappa to another, smaller hill, in order to expand the property of the Rancho. Since Pachappa hill was designated as the southeast marker of the Jurupa Rancho, which was granted by the Mexican government to Juan Bandini in 1838, reassigning the name to the current Pachappa Hill would have expanded the Rancho Jurupa significantly, incorporating all of the area covered by today's downtown Riverside. It is also possible the United States government renamed the hills in order to satisfy acreage requirements of the original Mexican land Grant.Put Mount Rubidoux Park into our Riverside visit planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Riverside.
Mount Rubidoux Park Reviews
My Rubidoux is a nice walk or run to the top with a great view once you get there. Make sure you don’t leave valuables in your park if you park at the bottom, as the area has a history of car break in... more »
It was a nice view. Weather was a little chilly during that time of the year. Excellent view of the area and it was a good place to get out. more »
My wife and like to hike Mt Rubidoux early in morning or for a nice sunset. Parking is pretty easy at the near by park. There are 2 hiking options as well. It’s a new way to get out and exercise. more »
Best way to lose weight if you ask me. Run up and you'll get one of the best workouts there is. Great place to run alone, accompanied or with your pet. And the best part...the view. Day or night the view will look amazing no matter what. If it's night I recommend taking a flashlight.
Nice trail..its a great workout. The mountain is steep but not so steep you cant make it. Lots of ppl bring their kids. And pets. Be aware tho, the trail gets hot for paws. other than that. Bring water. It's beautiful at the top. :)
Fun and free! It was a great way to spend time with my family! Took a backpack with waters and took the different trails. My 8 yr old had no issues going up and down the rocks and stairs.
The paved pathway to the top of Mt Rubidoux makes the walk safe and enjoyable and follows the Leave No Trace principle of traveling on durable surfaces. The old dirt trails were nice but were often washed away and people doing shortcuts through areas off trail caused issues with the trails so staying on the wide paved pathway is good all the way around. The pathway is wide enough that faster walkers won't be hampered by slower walkers, strollers can be used for small children, and it is safe.
Really enjoyed the hike! Took my dogs with me. I felt safe too a lot people hiking with you. Definitely get a community feeling!
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