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Mt. Lukens via Rim-of-the-Valley Trail

Ho-ho-ho, with just 10 days to go, let’s hit the highest point in Los Angeles and enjoy the fact that the views we take in will not include any Galleria parking lots.

Named after former California governor George Deukmejian, Deukmejian Wilderness Park is in the northernmost spot of Glendale, overlooking the foothill communities of La Crescenta and Tujunga. During the mid-20th Century, the area alongside the eastern Dunsmore Canyon Stream was used by the Le Mesnager family as a vineyard. Wine is still aged in the gorgeous old stone barn at the trailhead (pictured), which may also house an elfen substation/distro point at this time of year.

The 700 acre park is still recovering from the devastating Station fire, thanks in large part to the outstanding work of Sierra Club and Meetup leader (and SMH member!) Karen Buehler and her team of volunteers. The team cleared the popular and lush Rim of the Valley Trail and planted 80 new seedling trees before the trail re-opened in October.

Since time is a hot commodity during the holidays, if you can only afford a few hours, join us for the Rim of the Valley Trail only. We'll travel through the Cooks Canyon Stream bed (which we’ve visited previously), and then ascend Cooks Canyon to the Haines Canyon fire road. You can turn back from there for a 4 mile roundtrip with about a 1,200-ft. gain. Those eager to conquer Mt. Lukens (5,074 ft.) will continue another 3 miles, and we’ll picnic among the transmission towers before returning the way we came.

If after the hectic-ness subsides, you're inspired to help out, volunteers are still needed to restore the Crescenta View trail (on the other side of Dunsmore Canyon, which completes a loop coming down from Mt. Lukens). Please contact Karen for more information.

Rain Saturday morning cancels; check your email and this site before you leave if you’re unsure.

STATS (to Mt. Lukens)
Level: Moderate
Gain: 2,900 ft.
Distance: 10 miles
Time: ~5+ (to Mt. Lukens)
Type: Single track and fire road, out and back
Dogs: Permitted on leash
Water: Available at the trailhead
Restrooms: Available at the trailhead
Parking: Free parking at lots on site
Bring: 2-3 liters of water, layered clothing and jacket, hat, sunscreen, holiday snacks to share (those going to Mt. Lukens may want to bring a sandwich or more substantial snack.


For GPS purposes, the Park is above 3429 Markridge Road, La Crescenta 91214.

From the 210 Freeway, exit at Pennsylvania Ave. and head north to Foothill Blvd. Left on Foothill, and right on New York Ave. Continue north on New York until it dead ends at Markridge. Turn left and then the next right into the park. Drive north and park in any of the lots near the top of the hill (the lot on the right is closest to the barn where we’ll meet).

Here’s a map.

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  • iLedy

    It is good to see Shawn again and be able to hike with her and the group. Best organizer you'll ever meet. Thank you, Shawn. You are the best...

    December 18, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    It was a cold morning with nice warm people and great hike!!!.... glad to be able to join SMH again!!! thanks Shawn.

    December 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shawn, thanks for the great hike and more importantly thank you for hanging with Mason while I found my way back after missing the turn off with Norm.

    December 15, 2012

    • Roger H

      I'm happy to hear you made it back. You had us a little worried.

      December 15, 2012

    • Yoon m.

      Oh great! You made it, Mark. We were worried. I am so glad you got back to your son... Shawn took care of this situation very well :-)

      December 15, 2012

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