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Mount Lukens

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Good training hike, spectacular views of LA basin
Near:Tujunga, CA
Distance:8.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:3200 ft
Hike Time:5.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is the tallest peak within the LA city limits, and it has spectacular views of the LA basin and surrounding mountains from the summit. This mountain was burned some time ago, so with the exception of the views of the surrounding area, the scenery is rather marginal. The hike to the summit is relentlessly up hill with limited shade along the way. I used this hike to train for an upcoming backpacking trip. In the summer bring lots of water, and during the rainy season crossing the creek near the trail head could be risky. Finding the trail from the parking lot was a bit tricky, so I just hiked straight up Stone Canyon until I could see the trail on an embankment to my left.
Trailhead: From Foothill Blvd in Sunland, turn north on Mt. Gleason Avenue and drive 1.5 miles to Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Turn right and proceed 5 miles to Wildwood Picnic Area. Stone Canyon trail begins at the back end of the parking lot. (Lat:34.29419 Lon:-118.24002)
Trail Guides for Mount Lukens:
Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney  (Olympus Press)

Hike Los Angeles Volume 2
by Dennis Gagnon  (Western Tanager Press)

Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad  (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs
Ranger Contact:  US Forest Service, 818-790-1151
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted  104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Norik on 5/19/2014
We hiked on 5-17-14. It was very hot by 9 a.m. I finished two bottles of water just to get up to the summit. Make sure you have plenty of water. We had cell reception most of the way, except at the very top where there was no reception. In certain areas our legs would brush against the soft shrubs. You may consider long pants, even though you will feel warmer in them. I would say, summer is not the best time to hike there due to excessive heat and dryness.

Reviewed by Donna on 3/10/2013
Went on the hike today, 3/10/13. What a terrific hike!!! Took me 5 hours. Most of the trail is maintained except when you get to the last mile, you have intermittent bad spots. There are lots of little rocks, but no big deal for me. I highly recommend this walk. Make sure you bring enough water.

Reviewed by CM on 3/2/2013
I went today to hike dirty dozen #2 and I probably would have given it a higher rating but there was a sign that said "closed for the season". We were really looking forward to that altitiude... Hope it opens soon.

Reviewed by Pasadena Hiker on 1/3/2013
Went on 1/2/2013. Several spots on the trail are eroded so badly that footing was not secure. One spot was completely washed out and required climbing on a few rocks to traverse. It was very windy and cold the last mile. I'd recommend gloves and a jacket. Much snow on the trail at this point. Hiking boots are highly recommended.

Reviewed by Viewer on 6/16/2012
I hate to rate so low but because of the station fire views not optimal. Trail not well maintained....ESP. Upper half. Hiking poles help crossing creek but because width of trail just 12 to 18 inches wide poles kind of clang along the over grown weeds. Wear pants despite warm weather because of the narrow trail and a little poison oak. I hiked it today (6/16/12) and it was 88 degrees at finish at 1p.

Reviewed by UrestUrust on 2/25/2012
We did this to try something new today and add a hike leading up to our "Ten Trails to Whitney" training regimen. The trailhead was VERY hard to find but once found we started up the single track trail. We especially enjoyed Little Madison Falls, which was very full and running strong today. Just a beautiful day for a hike, great workout. Happy hiking!

Reviewed by Ken on 2/6/2012
Just finished this hike yesterday, (The Dirty Dozen #2) preparing for Mt Whitney. I did this hike awhile back and everything was burnt due to the Station Fires. We bumped into some hikers at the top and they jokingly referred to this hike as "The Passion of the Christ Hike." Wear long pants or your legs will become scratched up from the overgrowth from the thorns. It's nice to see that there's so much green now and the view at the top was awesome. The last time we couldn't see twenty feet in front of us because of the fog and hail storm. The river was easy to cross as it was low this year. Starting from Wildwood Picnic area, do not walk ΒΌ mile along the river before crossing. We did that and on our way back, a ranger told one of

Reviewed by Chimbo77 on 2/4/2012
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