Hundred Peaks Emblem Sierra ClubHundred Peaks SectionSierra Club

Home

About Us

Newsletter

Outings

Peak List


Emblems

Archives

Awards

Register Box

Climbing Guides

Bylaws Etc.

Merchandise

** Use at Your Own Risk **

See the Retired Peak Guides in the Archives for Microsoft Word and other versions of this peak guide.

09E

Mount Lukens

5074'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 3 miles north of La Crescenta, 20 miles from Los Angeles, within the city limits

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Fernando Valley
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Condor Peak 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 7 miles round trip on trail and fire road
Gain: 3300'
Time: 6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: John Frost, February 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From the intersection of Mt. Gleason Road and Foothill Boulevard in Sunland, go north on Mt. Gleason Road 1.4 miles to Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Turn right.
  • Go 4.4 miles to Doske Road. Turn right.
  • Turn left on Stonyvale Road and continue 1/4 mile to a parking lot. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (1800'-), hike past the steel barricade and continue east along the north side of the stream bed about 1/4 mile to a point just past the wide rocky wash visible across the stream bed.
  • Cross the stream here and pick up the Stone Canyon Trail, 13W07. Follow this trail to where it meets a road just northwest of the summit at 4800'.
  • Ascend southeast on this road, staying left when it joins the road coming up from Tujunga.
  • Continue on to a concrete water tank, then turn right (west) to the summit amidst radio towers. The register is at a false summit east of the radio towers.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail and fire road
Gain: 2200'
Time: 5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Moderate

Original: John Frost, February 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada, drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 5.5 miles to mileage marker 30.0. Park on the west side of the road. There is more space a little farther on the east side of the road.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • A trail starts from the parking area (3000') at a small 'No Fires' sign. Follow it as it climbs ½ mile through a cut area to a logging road.
  • Go right (northwest) on the logging road for 1/4 mile to a saddle where it intersects 2N80.
  • Go left and hike up 2N80 about a mile to where it intersects 2N76 that comes up from the southeast.
  • Turn right on 2N76 and follow it northwest up to the summit. The register is at a false summit east of the radio towers and north of the road at the point where it gains the summit ridge.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 9 miles round trip on trail and fire road
Gain: 3000'
Time: 5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Larry Hoak, March 2001

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • From I-210 east or westbound in La Crescenta take the Pennsylvania Avenue exit north to Foothill Boulevard.
  • Turn left (west) on Foothill Boulevard to Dunsmore Avenue.
  • Turn right (north) on Dunsmore Avenue to George Deukmejian Wilderness Park (City of Glendale). Turn right at Markridge Road and go 0.2 mile to the park entrance, enter the park, and park in large gravel parking area. Unlimited parking.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • The trailhead is near the stone building. Hike up the trail (old road) about 1/4 mile past a large oak tree on the left to a 3-way trail junction. The right branch is unsigned, the center branch has a sign reading in part "Dunsmore Canyon trail", and the left branch has a sign reading in part "Rim of the Valley Trail".
  • Take the left branch up to a shallow saddle with a junction. Continue right on the main trail. In 200' there is a junction with a sign reading in part "Rim of the Valley Trail".
  • Go left and take the trail down into Cooks Canyon, cross the canyon (very pretty), and exit via switchbacks to the west.
  • Continue west along the south-facing slope crossing two metal bridges and two small landslides (March 2001) to a ridgeline where the trail turns sharply to the right and ascends a very steep ridge to the Haines Canyon Truck Trail (2N76) at 3520'.
  • Follow the Haines Canyon Truck Trail to the summit. The register is at a false summit east of the radio towers and north of the road at the point where it gains the summit ridge.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 4

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 6 1/2 miles round trip on trail and fire road
Gain: 2800'
Time: 5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Larry Hoak, March 2001

DRIVING ROUTE 4

  • From I-210 east or westbound in La Crescenta take the Pennsylvania Avenue exit north to Foothill Boulevard.
  • Turn left (west) on Foothill Boulevard to Dunsmore Avenue.
  • Turn right (north) on Dunsmore Avenue to George Deukmejian Wilderness Park (City of Glendale). Turn right at Markridge Road and go 0.2 mile to the park entrance, enter the park, and park in large gravel parking area. Unlimited parking.

HIKING ROUTE 4

  • The trailhead is near the stone building. Hike up the trail (old road) about 1/4 mile past a large oak tree on the left to a 3-way trail junction. The right branch is unsigned, the center branch has a sign reading in part "Dunsmore Canyon trail", and the left branch has a sign reading in part "Rim of the Valley Trail".
  • Take the center branch about 150' to an unsigned junction on the right.
  • Go right and hike toward a check dam about 200' distant. Hike 100' to a junction and a large boulder pile on the left.
  • Go left and hike to and over the left shoulder of the check dam.
  • Cross the creek behind the check dam and climb the switchbacks to the bench on the east side of the creek.
  • Continue on the trail to the east ridge of Mount Lukens. The trail is being rehabilitated. The upper section is overgrown in places, and the trail tread needs repair. At 4120' the trail reaches a bench with a large broken down dead tree on the right and a large pile of stones on the left. Turn left and follow the bulldozer track that becomes a fire road (2N76B) to the east ridge and a junction with 2N76 (4600').
  • Turn left and follow 2N76 to the summit. The register is at a false summit east of the radio towers and north of the road at the point where it gains the summit ridge.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 5

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 10 1/2 miles round trip on fire road
Gain: 2900'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Larry Hoak, March 2001

DRIVING ROUTE 5

  • From I-210 east or westbound in La Crescenta take the Lowell Avenue exit north to Foothill Boulevard.
  • Turn left (west) on Foothill Boulevard to Haines Canyon Avenue.
  • Turn right (north) on Haines Canyon Avenue to Day Street. Jog right on Day Street and continue on Haines Canyon Avenue to a locked gate. Park here. On street parking.

HIKING ROUTE 5

  • Pass the locked gate and hike up the Haines Canyon Truck Trail (2N76) to the summit. The register is at a false summit east of the radio towers and north of the road at the point where it gains the summit ridge.

HISTORICAL NOTES

The peak is named for Theodore P. Lukens, Mayor of Pasadena in 1894. He was a noted advocate of reforestation.

History of Summit Signature

Climbing Archives

Please report any corrections or changes to the Mountain Records Chair.


Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 16-May-2013
© 1998-2003 - All Rights Reserved