Foothill Flyers Mountain Trail Runs
Bailey Canyon Trail
This is more of an adventure hike than a run to see the remains of the Rubio Pavillion - start of the Incline Railway to Echo Mountain - and some water falls. For those interested in the history of the Mt. Lowe area check out the old post cards, Mt. Lowe Preservation Society, Mt. Lowe Railway Historical Committee and Rubio Canyon web sites. Check the Altadena Weather Cam before leaving home.
Some time in the future, the Altadena Crest Trail will have the gap between Rubio Canyon and Sam Merrill Trail completed. But for now, we start on the Sam Merrill Trail but turn down the valley to take the street route to Rubio Canyon.
The start is from the very top of Lake Av in Pasadena. From the 210 take the Lake Av off ramp and go north toward the mountains til you cant go any farther (at Loma Alta Dr,). Park on Lake Av. or Loma Alta. Thomas Map 536-A3-4. If you plan to run this trail on the weekend, parking can be sparce and if the case, consider parking at Farnsworth Park in the SE corner at Concha St.
From the Rubio Canyon trail head, I suggest downloading and printing out the fine map from the Altadena Trails web site.
For the next 1500 ft the trail is a nice single track that is quite runable, but watch for a few wash out areas that have some good foot bridges and some in need of repair. No, you don't have to tightrope across the pipe.
Go west on Rubio Canyon Road and there is a drinking fountain at 3187. Turn right on Mount Curve then left on Concha St to get back to the Farnsworth Park Parking lot.
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