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Mount Rubidoux Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 1,399'
Location: 33.984, -117.3917 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Mt. 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 There 

Take 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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.3 miles from here

280 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',63],['2 Stars',102],['1 Star',103],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',6],['5.8',9],['5.9',8],['5.10',15],['5.11',12],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',156],['V2-3',16],['V4-5',28],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Rubidoux

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Rubidoux:
Beehive Crack   V-easy 3     Boulder, 15'   Borson's Area : The Beehive Wall
Trapeze   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Joe Brown and Half Dome Are... : Half Dome Boulder
Beehive Mantle   V0+ 4+     Boulder   Borson's Area : The Beehive Wall
King Bee   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Borson's Area : The Beehive Wall
Turtle Dome Crack   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Half Moon Area : Turtle Dome
Borson's Leftside   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Borson's Area : Borson's Wall
Five Niner   V1-2 5     Boulder, 15'   Island Area : Island Wall
King Bee Dyno   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 12'   Borson's Area : The Beehive Wall
Beach Problem   V2+ 5+ PG13     Boulder, 18'   Beach Area : Beach Boulder
Bumble Bee   V2+ 5+     Boulder   Borson's Area : The Beehive Wall
Masterlock   V3- 6A     Boulder, 15'   Borson's Area : Borson's Wall
In the Picture   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   Island Area : Island Wall
Over-exposed   V5 6C R     Boulder, 20'   Island Area : Island Wall
The Mug   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Half Moon Area : Harrison Boulder
The Jam crack   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Cross Rock Area : English Smooth Sole Slab
Route A   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Island Area : Hueco Boulder
Island Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3     TR, Boulder, 25'   Island Area : Island Wall
Tissiack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0 4 PG13     TR, Boulder, 25'   Joe Brown and Half Dome Are... : Half Dome Boulder
The Eye   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 40'   Joe Brown and Half Dome Are... : Joe Brown
Hardy Boy Crack   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Hardy Boy Area : Hardy Boy Boulder
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Featured Route For Mount Rubidoux
Rock Climbing Photo: As seen from the road, "Autopilot" ascen...

Auto Pilot 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  California : Inland Empire : ... : Borson's Wall
The Auto Pilot boulder is located to the right of Borson's Wall about 20 feet above the road. "Auto Pilot" ascends through a steep bulge and into a shallow corner. It probably has some of the coolest moves of any Rubidoux problem, and is one of just a handful of the classics here that have nary a micro-crimp on them (unusual for Rubidoux). Although described as an .11b toprope in the Craig Fry guide, the rating is a sandbag. This could be looked at in modern-day crashpad terms as a highball V4. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Mount Rubidoux Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pop Gun
The Pop Gun
Rock Climbing Photo: Tony Yaniro pulling down at Mt. Rubidoux.
Tony Yaniro pulling down at Mt. Rubidoux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Plaque on the World Peace Bridge, Mt. Rubidoux
Plaque on the World Peace Bridge, Mt. Rubidoux
Rock Climbing Photo: Riverside and the mountains east from Mt Rubidoux
Riverside and the mountains east from Mt Rubidoux
Rock Climbing Photo: British climber, Ron Fawcett, at the 1984 Mt. Rubi...
British climber, Ron Fawcett, at the 1984 Mt. Rubi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Muffler Man near the base of Mt. Rubidoux, Riversi...
Muffler Man near the base of Mt. Rubidoux, Riversi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top of the highball Triangle Face (V1)...
Nearing the top of the highball Triangle Face (V1)...
Rock Climbing Photo: My friend and my first outdoor climbing trip (that...
My friend and my first outdoor climbing trip (that...
Rock Climbing Photo: Spring in Mt. Rubidoux
Spring in Mt. Rubidoux
Rock Climbing Photo: 1984 CA Bouldering Contest overview map.
1984 CA Bouldering Contest overview map.
Rock Climbing Photo: World Peace Tower and bridge, Mt. Rubidoux
World Peace Tower and bridge, Mt. Rubidoux
Rock Climbing Photo: Springtime, Mt. Rubidoux
Springtime, Mt. Rubidoux
Rock Climbing Photo: Myself crack sunset climbing at Mt. Rubdioux
Myself crack sunset climbing at Mt. Rubdioux
Rock Climbing Photo: Gear in the aid seam to the right of Her Crack, Is...
Gear in the aid seam to the right of Her Crack, Is...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset after the storm 1-27-13
Sunset after the storm 1-27-13
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Tailed Hawk.  2-21-10
Red Tailed Hawk. 2-21-10
Rock Climbing Photo: 2 Red Tailed Hawks.  2-21-10
2 Red Tailed Hawks. 2-21-10
Rock Climbing Photo: Cheater Overhang!!!
Cheater Overhang!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Rock Climbing Photo: The Flag on top on a breezy day.  2-21-10
The Flag on top on a breezy day. 2-21-10
Rock Climbing Photo: Nathan and Agina on one of the boulders in the Acc...
Nathan and Agina on one of the boulders in the Acc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Peace Bridge, Mt. Rubidoux.
Peace Bridge, Mt. Rubidoux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mustard flower (Hirschfeldia incana), Mt. Rubidoux...
Mustard flower (Hirschfeldia incana), Mt. Rubidoux...
Rock Climbing Photo: Albert Ramirez Onsighting a climb on Joe Browns He...
Albert Ramirez Onsighting a climb on Joe Browns He...

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By C Miller
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From: CA
Apr 11, 2015
By Nicholas Rondilone
From: Riverside, California
Apr 25, 2017
I'm making a thing. Watch till the end.


By Bill Odenthal
From: Whittier,CA
Jun 11, 2017
Question, who put bolts on the face right of the Cable Route on HalDome bolder? And why?

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