It’s not often that a dog can ascend a trail to reach both spiritual and patriotic heights, but in Riverside, California, it is totally doable. Daisy and I took a last-minute hike one afternoon to explore Mt. Rubidoux, a 1,337 foot hill located within the city limits of Riverside, and found both a flag AND a cross at the top of the trail. I’d driven past it a number of times and found out from a friend that it was a popular hike with the locals. The day we went was unseasonably warm, and while not the most crowded hike we’ve ever been on, it was pretty busy with all sorts of people and lots of dogs. Lots of BIG dogs. Thankfully, most of the trail is made up of a paved road which is wide enough to pass everyone without leashes getting tangled or any other territorial issues that might arise with so many dogs on a trail. I spoke with another hiker and she said it gets even busier, so if solitude is what you’re looking for, it might not be your best choice, but it’s probably quieter on weekdays. The trail is approximately a 3 mile loop, with several dirt trails leading up to the paved road. There’s also a more official entrance at the gate off 9th Street. I was able to find a parking spot on one of the side streets, but make sure you check the signs before you park. By far, the most interesting part of this hike is the amazing 360 degree view of Riverside from the top. There is a marker that displays all the major landmarks below (only in So Cal would a car dealership make it to landmark designation) and the mountains beyond. The most unusual part of this hike? The very odd assortment and abundance of historical markers on this one hill. I have never seen so many markers in one place. Of course, Daisy insisted on being photographed next to all of them. Daisy gave this hike 3 out of 5 wags.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention how beautiful the neighborhood is surrounding Mt. Rubidoux. The the streets near the entrance of the park are lined with gorgeous Victorian and craftsman-style homes. Another great place to walk with your dog!