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DescriptionMt. Rubidoux or simply Rubidoux is a large 161 acre boulder-covered hill that overlooks the City of Riverside and is a designated park and landmark. The 2009 road improvements greatly boosted the number of walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and climbers enjoying the slopes of Mt. Rubidoux.
Rubidoux's boulder-strewn hilltop offers not only the ubiquitous boulders, but there are slabs and blocks of light-colored quartz monzonite offering virtually endless quality boulder problems and top-ropes with famous dimes edges and relatively smooth texture.
In October of 1983 and 1984 Randy Vogel organized the Mt. Rubidoux Bouldering Contest and helped create new enthusiasm for climbing at Rubidoux that had diminished since the likes of Phil and Paul Gleason, the preternatural Phil Haney and Don O'Kelley frequented the hill since the 1960s, along with the famous dime-edge masters, Kevin Powell and Darrel Hensel in the 1980s & 90s. Numerous guidebooks by Steve Mackey (1976), Randy Vogel (1984 map), Paul Hellweg & Warstler (1988) and Craig Fry (1990) have documented and described the vast number of boulder problems, top-ropes, and climbing routes at Mt. Rudidoux.
Rest assured that there is enough quality climbing to be found at Rubidoux to keep even the most proficient climber busy for years.
Getting ThereTake Hwy 60 or Hwy 91 and go to Rubidoux. The mountain is the obvious granite boulder strewn one with a white cross on top of it. If approaching from the east, take 14th st. to Glenwood. Park just south on Glenwood, by the gate entrance and trail head (don't block the gate). If approaching from the west (Hwy 60), take the Mission Blvd. exit and head east. You'll see Mount Rubidoux on your right up ahead. You can then take Redwood (right) to 14th (right) to Glenwood (left) and park a block or two up it. Once you see the hill with the cross you can also park anywhere legal closer to the spot you wish to head.
Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Rubidoux
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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