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Mt. Lukens Trail

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

All fireroad, with inclines ranging from mild to challenging. Not incredibly scenic or anything, but it provides you a very good work-out with the climbing. AND, the downhill part is very sweet -- very fast, good opp. to practice on fast turns, not very much traffic from peds or equestrian. Limited shade, pretty much all of the trail is exposed. At the top there are several huge antennas, a portable toilet, and a great view. Somebody said this is the highest point in L.A. Could this be?
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Latitude
34.18149
Longitude
-118.30816
Trail Directions
Mt. Lukens Trail is off the 2 (Angeles Crest) Highway in the Angeles Nat'l Forest, about 3 miles up from the 210 offramp of "Angeles Crest Highway." There is a small parking lot off to the left side, next to a ranger station. Park here, and head in a westerly direction up the fireroad.
Trail Length
Approximately 7.25 miles to the top
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Flintridge/Altadena/Pasadena
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: grungefungus ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Since the San Gabriel fires in 2009 and the subsequent rains, the fire road has morphed into a singletrack through the occasional efforts of hikers and bikers. Huge ruts in the road (all have workarounds), coupled with challenging inclines, during the first mile and a half make it a good workout. Add a few sandy sections sprinkled throughout, and it makes it harder than when it was periodically graded. Unfortunatley, the true singletracks (like "Bluebug") were destroyed by the rains and are only useful to hikers. Overall, only 5% hike-a-bike uphill and totally rideable downhill.

Recommended Route:
Exit 210 on Lowell, head up Tujunga Canyon Rd. (Honolulu becomes Tujunga canyon). Continue past Foothill, right up Haines Canyon (North), right on Day St, quick left back to Haines Canyon. The road ends at the first gate, park before the gate, or back a block before on Apperson. On the fire road, go past the second gate along the reservoir. Keep to the right just a short ways up. The fire road stays along the stream for the first mile. Just after a mile from the first gate, there is a huge washed out area where the trail carves through to the third gate, pedal quick to go over the mound to stay on the bike. For the rest of the ride, just keep hading uphill. Only a few short slightly flat sections, the rest is climbing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Graveyard, Grizzly Flats, Gold Creek, Yerba Buena. La Tuna singletrack is still nice.



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Review Date
September 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dangerman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A good uphill with very little shade. Gets a little sandy and rocky towards the top. Nothing really special about the ride, it is a fire road after all. Has some nice scenic views of surrounding mountains and valleys (if the smog isn't to bad) from the top. Nice fast descent. Mt. Lukens is the highest point in L.A. County at 5074 feet.

Recommended Route:
From 210 exit at Foothill Blvd. heading East (it will eventually turn SE). Make a left on Apperson St. and follow until it dead ends on Haines Canyon Ave. (at one point the street makes a jog to the right). Make a left and park on the right hand side before trail head. Go around the gate and start your climb.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tongva Peak, which is across the valley from Mt. Lukens.



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Review Date
December 6, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: The-Poodle , from La Crescenta

Summary:
I'm not sure the initial reviewer has the right trail here, but the directions are correct. This trail is a good choice in the summer since a lot of it is in either a deep ravine or on the north facing slope (lots of shade), not to mention that its usually above the smog. I ride this quite a lot for my workout mainly because there are so few people on the road. In fact, I see more rattlers and deer here than people. In the winter, the portions of the road on the backside get some snow which can stay for days, so it gets kind of cold/warm crossing back and forth across the ridge line. On a clear day the Peak (Mt Lukens) offers some of the best ocean views in L.A. The view to the north is great as well, its all mountains and you can even catch a glimpse of the southern Sierra. If you want to do a point to point, then Haines Canyon or the lower Big Tujunga Canyon are both logical drop/park sites. The reverse route is a significantly harder ride, since the Haines road has not been scraped in a few years. I gave this a 4 only because its a quiet longish ride with lots of shade in the afternoon and it's close to LC.

Recommended Route:
For the easiest ride; Angeles Crest ranger station (you need a wilderness permit-Ive gotten a ticket there)to Mt Lukens (check out the tee-pee on the way). For those HC hill lovers take either Earl Canyon or Haines Canyon to the top. Other routes are there too, ie GrizFlats, but thats another ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For a real workout and a lot of sun try Earl Canyon Mtrway at the top of Palm in La Canada. This could be the steepest continuous road in the area. In the winter the angle and rain ruts make the uphill portion quite technical (about 7 miles to the top of Lukens).



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Review Date
March 17, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Marty , from Cal State LA

Summary:
If your in good shape you can make it to the top of the mountain. The ascent is not very bad at the beginning, the switch backs make for a nice climb. The down hills are fun and can be fast if you don't watch it.

Recommended Route:
I just road this Mar 17. Make sure you take the right road in the beginning. Once you get to the first intersection about 3 miles up make sure you take the road going up and to the right. The other road is Earl road and it goes down to some street. The other road buzz was talking about is Grizzly road. It makes for a nice loop. Part way down this road is that another intersection, and here is were you need to go to the right and up a bit. The road that goes down, i believe, goes down into the valley and not the the highway.



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Review Date
February 14, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: buzz , from glendale

Summary:
Not scenic, but a good workout without being unpleasantly strenuous. The downhill's kinda fun. Also, it's usually not crowded.

Recommended Route:
You can take an alternate route coming down. About 2 miles from the top, you can turn off and take another fire road down. I have no idea what it's called. There is a 4-way intersection, so make sure to take the road that goes slightly uphill. I just made this mistake a couple of hours ago; you DON'T want to take the wrong road. Then it ends on Angeles Crest Highway a couple miles above the fire station you started from. You can coast back down to your car from there.



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