River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Picnic areas, public restrooms, easy parking
The Deukmejian Wilderness Park vehicle gate is closed between 7p.m. and 7a.m. daily.
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.
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.
Shared By: Spencer Williams