Past Meetup

Mt. Lukens - Highest Peak in L.A. & Wildflowers Viewing

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21 people went

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Distance: 9.5 Miles

Elevation Gain: 2800 ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Trail: Fire road and single track, short portion of steep, uneven downhill, which can be avoided by taking the fireroad. Trekking poles would be helpful.

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Directions: From the 210 Freeway exit Pennsylvania Ave (17A) and go north to Foothill Blvd. Turn left on Foothill Blvd. and go to New York Ave. Turn right on New York Ave. and go to the end, Markridge Rd. Turn left on Markridge and go about 200 yards to the park entrance on your right. Follow the entry road up to the parking area. Parking is free and there are restrooms and a water fountain at the trailhead.

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At this northernmost spot in Glendale, overlooking the foothill communities of La Crescenta and Tujunga, lies Deukmejian Wilderness Park, named after the 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.

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Mt. Lukens is the tallest peak within the Los Angeles city limits, and it has spectacular views of the Los Angeles basin and surrounding mountains from the summit.

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Since wildflowers are popping up everywhere, this area has had a lot of wildflowers in the past. So I'm hoping to see an array of them.


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