Monday, July 18, 2011

#196: Rubio Canyon's Double Waterfall

What does this mean??

It's so beautiful! Double Waterfall all the way!

The Eastside has its share of stunning waterfalls (see Eaton Canyon Falls (#169) and Sturtevant Falls (#170)) but sometimes the throngs of people on these popular hikes can make you a little nuts. If you're hungry for a one-two punch of waterfall with few to no people, Altadena has a little secret; a spectacular double waterfall accessible via an unmarked trail.

the "trailhead"

This out-and-back hike is only 1.3 miles, and provides some fun rock hopping as you approach the waterfall. The hike is mostly unshaded and takes you past the foundations of the old Rubio Pavilion, which was operational from 1893 to 1936 as the starting point for a tram ride up to a resort on Mount Lowe.

Just past the concrete foundation you'll come across a junction in the trail. The trail on the left takes you up a steep incline while the one on the right continues along the stream. Take the right trail and keep going along the stream. Soon the trail will turn rocky and you'll rock hop across small streams until you reach the waterfalls. If you lose the trail, just keep following the water and you'll reach the waterfalls--it's not very far!

I came here on a weekday afternoon with my friend Charles and we saw only a couple of people on our way to the falls. The whole hike took us about an hour, including resting time at the falls. Wear good shoes since you will be walking on potentially slippery rocks.

Follow these tips for your visit:
  • The trailhead is located on Rubio Vista Drive in Altadena between houses numbered 1351 and 1342
  • Dogs are allowed
  • Park in the neighborhood for free. No passes needed.

Have you been to Rubio Canyon's Double Waterfalls? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!

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