Mt. Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park

[3897 - 3899] Mt Rubidoux Dr
Riverside CA 92501
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One of the perks of being in Southern California is the chance to explore any of its many hiking trails. Mt. Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park off Tequesquite Avenue in Riverside, California, is a great paved trail for the whole family to enjoy. It is a short and easy walk up this hill, which is at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, but hikers are rewarded with an amazing view once they reach the top. There are several paths going up the hill, ranging from less than a mile to about two miles. It is one of the more popular hiking trails in this area.

Parking and public transportation at Mt. Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park
Hikers need to be careful when parking here. Local parking laws are enforced prohibiting drivers from parking in residential-only places. That said, the best place to park is at the nearby Ryan Bonaminio Park, 5000 Tequesquite Ave. This provides easy access to the trail.

Best and worst time go to Mt. Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park
The summer months of July through September are probably the worst times to head up Mount Rubidoux because of high temperatures. The fall and winter months of November through March are your best bet. Avoid going up close to sunset.

Admission to Mt. Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park
There is no cost to park or walk the trail at Mount Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park.

Must see/do at Mt. Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park
Hikers can take in quite a few sites along the way up the mount. The Peace Bridge, which was built in 1925, commemorates the continuous work by Mission Inn owner Frank Miller who helped build this park. The Summit at the top of the mount is recognizable by its signature cross. Finally, the view from the top is breath-taking with views of Downtown Riverside and Inland Empire.

Other places to visit near Mt. Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park
Hikers are sure to be hungry and thirsty after a trip up the mount, so a stop at Butch's Grinders at the bottom of the hill is a great place to stop and have a bite to eat. The Mission Inn in Riverside is another great place to stop and take a break, or if you're from out of town, it's a great place to stay for a night or two. It's only about a mile from the trail. Finally, if you are looking for a little nostalgia after your hike, take the family to the Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre to see some of the latest new films at reasonable prices and from the very comfort of your own car.

Insider tip for visitors to Mt. Rubidoux Trail and Memorial Park
The weekends are especially busy at Mt. Rubidium Trail and Memorial Park. If you want to spend some peaceful and quiet time up there, plan a mid-week visit. Also, the trail is pet- and stroller-friendly.

Author's bio: Mary Beth Adomaitis is a freelance writer from Southern California. She loves to visit exciting and new places with her family. In the summer of 2014, she drove cross-country from California to Ohio, visiting 14 states in two weeks.