For this weeks Show Us Your California contest by @socalsteemit I head up into the San Gabriel mountains to explore...
Rubio canyon is a lush yet rugged, waterfall filled canyon in the San Gabriel mountains above Pasadena . And to make it even cooler it still has lots of historical stuff from the old Mt. Lowe railway days. So I was telling my buddy Tyler all about it and we decided to make a trip up there! Tyler and I drove out to Altadena. We left one truck at the Echo mountain trailhead at the Cobb Estate at the top of Lake avenue, and then drove the other truck over to to the mouth of Rubio canyon. We parked and then started hiking up the canyon passed the ruins of the old Rubio Pavillion to the first of the many waterfalls. Ribbonrock falls! From there we climbed around Ribbonrock to Grand Chasm falls and then climbed up the left side of the canyon to get a view of Lodged Boulder falls and the impressive narrow gorge above it.
Selfie at Grand Chasm falls
Overlooking Lodged Boulder falls
From there we had to turn around and climb back down the falls to the high trail that bypasses the gorge. It's a rough steep trail. But Tyler and I love this kinda stuff! We stopped for a break at the lookout over Thalehaha falls and then continued making our way up the trail. Then we got to the ropes where we had to descend back down into the upper part of the canyon just below Leontine falls. We got down the ropes and then climbed up to Leontine just in time to get to watch a group of canyoneers rappel down the falls!
Thalehaha falls overlook
On the high trail to Leontine falls
Descending the ropes
Watching the canyoneers rappel Leontine falls
From there we explored a little ways up the canyon and then started to climb out of the canyon and onto the east side of Echo mountain. We climbed steeply up through lots of brush occasionally getting some great views overlooking the canyon. Eventually we got up to the top and joined the many... many people on top who had come up the main trail.
Exploring the upper canyon
Some mystery ruins in the upper canyon
Starting to climb out of the canyon
We checked out the Echo Mountain House ruins and enjoyed the awesome views overlooking the city. Then we cleaned up a bunch of trash that had been left by some litterbugs before hiking down the main Echo Mountain trail to the trailhead at the Cobb Estate where we had left the truck.
Echo mountain house ruins
Views from Echo mountain
More Echo mountain ruins
The trailhead at the Cobb estate
Map(click to enlarge)
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