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Mt. Lukens - Rim of the Valley Loop

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Combine Rim Of The Valley Trail with Crescenta View Trail to complete a loop while hiking Mt. Lukens.


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9.6

Miles

15.5

KM

Loop

5,064' 1,543 m

High

2,334' 711 m

Low

2,804' 855 m

Up

2,800' 854 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Picnic areas, public restrooms, easy parking

The Deukmejian Wilderness Park vehicle gate is closed between 7p.m. and 7a.m. daily.

Overview

This hike connects the two trails that lead to the top of Mt. Lukens, the tallest mountain Los Angeles City limits. The trail provides beautiful panoramic views of the entire Los Angeles region including downtown LA, Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, and the Verdugo, Griffith, and Santa Monica Mountains.

Description

Start at the parking lot for Deukemjian Wilderness Park and head north toward Mt. Lukens and into the park below. The park has multiple small, winding trails with many confusing signs. Now, you'll want to choose to start with Rim Of The Valley Trail which begins on the left or the Crescenta View Trail which begins on the right.

If you choose to begin with the Rim Of The Valley Trail (as the loop is mapped here), you'll be heading northwest out of Dunsmore Canyon into Cooks Canyon where you'll climb up and link with Haines Canyon Road (1.8 miles). Follow Haines Canyon Road for the remainder 3 miles, wrapping around the back of Mt Lukens before reaching the top. Use the Mount Lukens Road #2N76 to connect to the Crescenta View Trail.

You'll then continue down the Crescenta View Trail which is 4.5 miles and made up of switchebacks down the front of Mt. Lukens. This side has the better view but does not have much shade throughout the day. You can also choose to do this loop in reverse if you would prefer to climb up the Crescenta View Trail.

History & Background

The summit of Mount Lukens is marred by a multitude of cellular and radio towers, control buildings, barbed wire, and access roads.

Contacts

Shared By:

Spencer Williams

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The gorgeous views from Mt. Lukens rarely disappoint.
Jan 1, 2017 near La Cres…, CA
The view is exceptional when looking east from Mt. Lukens.
Jan 1, 2017 near La Cres…, CA
Coming back down Le Mesnager Loop Trail.
Oct 4, 2016 near La Cres…, CA
View into Haines Canyon from the trail of the same name.
Aug 7, 2017 near La Cres…, CA
Second to last switchback looking down the Haines Canyon Trail.
Aug 7, 2017 near La Cres…, CA
Nice bench in the shade to take a breather and hydrate.
Oct 4, 2016 near La Cres…, CA

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Nov 13, 2020
Steve Creek
I left 11:40am . Came back before sunset . it's was good. 9.6mi 9.6mi — 4h 44m
Aug 8, 2020
Patrick Diaz
10.2mi — 4h 37m
Feb 21, 2020
Braxton S
Did loop in reverse to avoid descending steepest segments. Trail still rocky & overgrown but not to bad with pants. GPX file was a little off. 10.8mi — 6h 00m
Feb 8, 2020
Diana N
Do not do the "La Crescenta" portion as mapped by the Spencer, they have you go off the established trail into some really dicey areas. 12mi — 5h 15m
Nov 4, 2017
Valerie Norton
HPS: https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/11/mount-lukens.html