M T.   R U B I D O U X

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds --Edward Abbey

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux (Peace Tower & Friendship Bridge), Riverside, California

explored by: Shady & Lobo, September 2005 (photos by Shady)

While Lobo and I were out on a trip to Riverside, California, he volunteered to take me on a hike/tour of the rugged and mysterious Mt. Rubidoux (and to the amazing Peace Tower/Friendship Bridge atop it), and as I'd wanted to explore it for quite some time, of course I couldn't resist...

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

After stopping to explore the odd man-made 'grotto' decorated with the visage of a saint at the bottom of Mt. Rubidoux, we started the hike. I soon discovered that climbing to the top of this enormous granite hill (peaking at 1364 feet above sea level) was no easy feat... I literally felt like I was going to DIE of dehydration/exhaustion along the way, heh. In fact, I guzzled all of my water- and then all of Lobo's- as we hiked (I'd never make it on one of those survival shows!!)... thanks, Lobo! *wink*

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

We saw a whole bunch of cool-looking lizards as we climbed the trail, sunning themselves on the rocks and slithering all around being all lizard-y. At some points the trail literally skirted the very edge of the mountain, and more than once we stopped to take in the breathtaking view (and to catch our breath!) From the high vantage point we could see the city of Riverside... the winding Santa Ana River... even a large, old cemetery...

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

Finally, after miles of hiking, the majestic spire of the medieval-esque Peace Tower with it's attached Friendship Bridge came into view at the mountain's peak, and it was even more awesome than I had imagined. One of the mountain's legends says that inhuman 'little people' or 'elves' inhabit Mt. Rubidoux, and can sometimes be seen playing, running, and hiding amongst the boulders in groups of three. It is even said that they might throw rocks in your direction, or pile small mounds of stones right in the path you are taking...

...however, the only little person we encountered during our exploration was... well... me. Ha. The Tower was beautiful, though... even if there was no way to get inside (but we did stick our arms in to shoot some pics, so you can kinda see what the interior looks like)

 At the other end of the bridge sits a tiny turret with a barred window... of course I got thrown into it and locked away for some offense- I think it was showing my ankles or something archaic- ha ha ha. Luckily Lobo was around to bust me out of my prison, so I didn't have to braid an escape ladder out of my hair, or anything (damn I have a dorky imagination, lol) After exploring the mountaintop a bit more, Lobo performed some unearthly rites at a magic altar (ok ok it was the old flagpole base, and he was just checking it out heh), before we made our descent back down to Earth. Still no 'little people' on the way down, but it was a fascinating exploration just the same, and I'm so glad Lobo took me to see it all... *smile*

Lobo at the 'Peace Tower' atop Mt. Rubidoux    Lobo & the Shadeling kick back in CA    Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California

...oh, and incidentally (above), here's a pic of Lobo hanging out at the Tower (he sent it to me a few years before we actually got to explore it together)... and then a pic of Lobo and I hanging on his Mom's porch swing during the 2005 Riverside trip (during which we climbed Mt. Rubidoux, *whew*!)...and finally, a close-up of the inscribed plaque that is set above the Tower's door

Mt. Rubidoux has a very intriguing history (way too much for me to post here)- including tales of sun-worshipping cults, various strange paintings and carvings, a pair of mystery goats, a secret tunnel, several eerie suicides, a bizarre bongo player, and much much more. To learn more about these stories- as well as the history of this fascinating mountain and it's monuments- visit the Friends Of Mount Rubidoux website

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