Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mount Lukens via Crescenta View Trail

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Date:
January 2, 2012

Nearest City:
La Crescenta- Montrose, CA 

Driving Directions: 
3429 Markridge Road, La Crescenta, CA 91214
-Take the 210 Freeway toward La Crescenta-Montrose and Exit Pennsylvania Ave. take a slight Right onto Pennsylvania Ave. In 0.4 mile turn Left onto Foothill Blvd. and go 0.3 mile and make a Right onto New York Ave. Follow for 1 mile and turn Right at the large sign for Deukmejian Wilderness Park. No parking fees or permits needed to park just follow the road a short distance to a paved parking lot on the right and a dirt lot on the left, park in one of the two. Come early parking goes fast even on weekdays! When we arrived just after the park opened we were the 3rd car in both lots 6 hours later every spot was taken. Check out Google Maps for the exact location of where you will be parking.

Hours:
Sunrise - Sunset

Difficulty:
Strenuous

Why?
The trail is all uphill and some may find the climb to the top strenuous. 

Elevation:
Park Entry- 2159 ft.

Seasons:
Year around. Always check current weather conditions before leaving the house. This trail has little shade so a hat may be required on hot days.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
None

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- I had no service this whole trail. 

Trails:
Crescenta View Trail to Mount Lukens- 6.5 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is easy to follow for the most part but we found that on our way back all the "short cut" trails that had us stumped for a few seconds on our way up were far more confusing and at times down right frustrating. Please try your best to stay on the true trail and let these false trails grow over. 

Trail Directions:
From the parking area head to the far side of the parking lot past the large building and up some stairs. Soon the paved trail will become dirt, at the first two junctions stay right and cross the creek. Continue along the trail on the other side of the dry creek and soon the trail will start its climb up to the top. We found that there were a lot of false trails along the rout to the top and a few of them had us confused for a few seconds. Please stay off these false trails and let them grow over. After a while the trail will flatten to reveal a small wall of rocks in the shape of a ring, this is a wind break for campers, don't knock over or take rocks from it. After a short brake continue up the trail as it climbs further up toward the top. My best advice for navigating the sometimes confusing false trails is to just head toward the top and the antennas. Soon the trail will break from its relentless climb through think brush and endless switchbacks to reveal an open ridge line to an overlook of the valley and mountains below. 

Head out to the overlook and rest your feet while taking in the amazing views. When rested head back to the trail junction and follow the trail leading up a short way to another ridge line. Once there go left and continue along the fire road to the top.

Other Activities:
Mountain Bikes
Trail Running
Walking
Hiking
Backpacking

Links:
 
Jessie's Thoughts: 
I enjoyed this trail only for the amazing views and great work out other than that do the Rim of the Valley trail. It gives you everything this trail does without the fear of falling off the dangerous trail or getting lost with the many "short cut" trails. I don't recommend this trail at all it should be closed use one of the many other trails leading to the summit. 

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