We'll hopefully see Mt. Lukens covered with snow. If there isn't snow, we may still do this hike. It is quite scenic!
Meet at 1:30 PM, but leave at 1:45 PM. This area has verdant mountains with a river we'll be hiking parallel to. You'll see the highest mountain in LA County, Mt. Lukens.
Dunsmore Canyon Trail
We're going to hike the trail to the end--Dunsmore Canyon Trail. We'll going to do a hike that is less than 2 miles RT and 700 ft. elevation change.On the way back, will give people an option to return to their cars--will be easy to find your way back.
Rim of the Valley Trail (OPTIONAL)
For those of us who want more exercise, we'll hike some more--such as the Rim of the Valley Trail.This 2nd hike will be an exploratory hike. May or may not go to the end of this second hike--depending on time and trail conditions. This second hike is for advanced hikers.1.6 miles (3 miles RT)
1,195 ft. elevation change.
More info about the hikes:
Not many small or medium-sized cities can boast of three mountain ranges within its border, but Glendale, California, does. Stretching east and north from the San Fernando Valley, the city takes in substantial parts of the San Rafael Hills and the Verdugo Mountains, plus a small slice of the San Gabriel Mountains at the city's northern extremity. At this northernmost spot in Glendale, overlooking the foothill communities of La Crescenta and Tujunga, lies Deukmejian Wilderness Park, named after former California governor George Deukmejian. The park's 700 acres of chaparral-covered slopes are drained by two ravines with steep gradients: Cooks Canyon and Dunsmore Canyon. During the mid-20th Century, the area alongside the Dunsmore Canyon stream was used by the Le Mesnager family as a vineyard. An old stone barn at the trailhead is reminiscent of that time.
Bring warm clothes and shoes with good traction. Bring 1-2 quarts of water.
Directions: From Foothill Boulevard in Glendale, go north on New York Avenue to the dead end at Markridge Road. Turn left on Markridge Road and go 200 yards to the park entrance. Follow the entry road to the parking area.