Hiking Mount Rubidoux, Riverside, California

This past weekend I went hiking at Mount Rubidoux, a hill with some easy hiking trails in Riverside, California.

Mount Rubidoux hiking
Mount Rubidoux has paved and dirt paths for walking and hiking. The views of Riverside, California are gorgeous!

Mount Rubidoux is considered to be a very important landmark in Riverside, California, and at an elevation of 1,329 feet, the views of the surrounding area are beautiful. In the winter, you can see the snow capped San Gabriel Mountains to the north, and the rocky hills of Riverside to the south and east.

Friendship Tower and Peace Bridge at Mt. Rubidoux
Friendship Tower and Peace Bridge at Mt. Rubidoux

The hikes are pretty straightfoward. It is 3.5 miles round trip, and there are paved roads that lead to the top of the hill. Pace yourself because the elevation gains quickly, but you’ll be rewarded with stupendous views at the top, as well as a huge cross dedicated to Father Junipero Serra and iconic Friendship Tower and Peace Bridge.

Junipero Serra Cross at Mt. Rubidoux
Junipero Serra Cross at Mt. Rubidoux

Parking is free and available in a dedicated lot at: 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506.


  1. Carl says:

    Mount Rubidoux looks tremendous. I live about an hour an a half from Riverside, and would like to check out the trail sometime. Thanks for the great pictures!

  2. Donna says:

    Thank you Hiking Lady. I’ll keep that in mind regarding the weather when I check out Mt. Rubidoux

  3. Hiking Lady says:

    I would definitely recommend it to anyone who lives in Southern California. Tip: go during the winter, because the summers can be quite hot in Riverside!

  4. Donna says:

    Hi Hiking Lady,

    Thank you for letting us know about Mt.Rubidoux. Looking forward to
    checking it out.

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