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Distance was actually over 10 miles. Lots of unmarked forks so bring a map! Most of the trail (probably 99%) is in direct sunlight. Views at the top were great, but the journey there wasn't. Don't do this hike in the summer if you decide to go.

Great hike, although I managed to take a few forks the long-way round. Also after reaching the summit, I missed the turn-off for the Picken's Spur trail to come back down the mountain and walked East on the access road for about a mile. So my whole hike ended up being about 11.3 miles, rather than the 8.7!

Either way, it was a great morning hike. I challenged myself, going the more difficult clockwise route, and finished the whole thing in 3hr11min (1hr36mins to summit, 1hr30mins back to the car - 5 mins rest at the peak!)

Amazing trail & not super difficult. I went up the Haines Canyon Trail to Rim of the Valley Trail which took me to the old Mt. Lukens Trail... hungout on top by myself for an hour and then took then the fire road to the Crescenta View Trail & down to the Wilderness Park.

3.5 hrs up & 2.5 hrs down. Frost line is about 4,000ft & snow line a little under 5,000ft.

A wonderfully challenging hike with great weather in mid-March. I tracked it at about 9.5 miles. We started the loop counter clockwise (the easier way) at 8am & finished in about 5hrs going at a leisurely pace. The peak is actually very industrial with the radio towers. Not great for photos, but plenty of spots on the way up for great photo ops. PLEASE if you bring your dog BRING water for them.

I hiked this trail just after rainfall and it was cool and damp which made the trail soft and easy on the feet. I imagine this is a tough one during summer months so I’d recommend winter as it is very exposed.

The peak is full of radio towers which makes it feel industrial. Other than that, the views are epic.

it's a tough hike but a good payoff with the view

Great hike. Steep!

Did this trail today in the rain and it was amazing. Challenging but doable.

1 month ago

Great trail and as others mentioned, steep- you'll end up on devils backbone at the trail split. You got a few options from here, go left to summit baldy, go straight to summit mt Harwood, or you can go ahead and do a double summit (Mt Harwood & Baldy). On a side note: Harwood isnt that hard at all, its more like a hill.

Not a bad hike. Good weather and nice views. Can be a bit hazy at the Zion vista. The portion from the falls through the flats is fairly crowded. The rest of the train was only moderately trafficked. The trail markings are fairly poor and it is easy to make a wrong turn in the areas near the falls at 2 junctures.

Gets busy in the chantry flats - leave early for the hike

This loop is actually 9.5 miles!

Beautiful trail, great workout. The waypoint for Sturtevant Camp on the map in this trail description is incorrect. Sturtevant camp in en route to Mt Zion peak located between Spruce Grove campground and the turn Mt Zion/Mt Wilson Trail junction. The location marked as Sturtevant is more likely to be Hoegee's Trail Camp

So many trails within trails ❤❤

A great hike! It took us about 5 hrs. with a couple stops. Good workout and plenty of great views! Cold beer at store in parking lot was a plus too!

Great elevated climb. Beautiful scenery. Lunch at the campsite and great detour to Mt Zion.

Beautiful river and falls after a nice hike up to Mt Zion. Excellent loop trail, the cold water at Sturtevant falls pool was nice to cool the feet and head with! We also saw a ton of lady bugs at the Sturtevant Camp, very cool.

Started around 7:30a. Chilly enough to wear my gloves. All that moving heated things up fairly quickly, had to take them off and my sweater about 20 mins into the hike. We went the easier way (counter clockwise).

Love the trail because there are a lot of shady areas and water. Cute to see the little cabins all the way up. The bugs are annoying sometimes.

Mt. Lukens is touted as the highest peak in Los Angeles County and boasts 360 views of the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles to Catalina, Hollywood, the valley cities, and from the top, you are rewarded with expansive views well into the peaks of the Angeles Forest. This was a goal hike for me as one year ago, I could barely make it a mile! Needless to say, I was thrilled to have completed it today!

Do this one in the winter, bring LOTS of water, and wear appropriate hiking shoes.

From the main trail of Dunsmore Canyon, you can follow the trail to Mt. Luke s from the Rim of the Valley Trail (on the left) or Crescenta View Trail (on the right). The Crescenta View trail is VERY steep, rocky, hard on the knees, and hangs precariously on the side of the mountain. The Rim of the Valley Trail is much wider, offers more shade and a much more moderate climb to the top. To do it again, we would opt to go up and back via Rim of the Valley as we all felt the CV trail was a bit too “black diamond” for us! Not for the timid or inexperienced, for sure!

Decent easy hike, but I would rate it moderate considering the distance. The trail has lots of shades and water running, which is nice on a hot day. Overall, a nice trail, but nothing amazing.

Beautiful weather, lovely scenery. This was a great hike!

This is great if you're looking for a hike in the LA area with a lot of green forest and shade. Once you get to the waterfall, it's a little tricky to find the trail to continue on to Mt. Zion. If I did it correct, you have to cross the creek, and make a steep ascent to the left of the waterfall. It may seem misleading, but it connects to a more obvious trail. Be sure to study the map well as the signs can be very misleading, and the written directions may be incorrect at times.

Loved this trail and would consider it a challenging moderate hike. The trail gets a little unclear in a few spots but the ascent is beautiful and serene and the waterfall is a nice surprise. The trail head was packed by 6:30 a.m. so go early if you want to find parking or else you’re going to be walking a long distance just to get to the trail. I would’ve given it five stars, but the trail was overly crowded for my taste.

Gorgeous trail. Felt like we were in an enchanted forest. Only saw about 4 other people during our 10 mile loop. If you want a challenging yet peaceful and romantic hike, this is your place. The view from the top of the waterfalls as well as all of the pristine clear freshwater pools is breathtaking.

So this was my first time in this area. Physically, it wasn’t that tough of a hike but we definitely hit a couple of sections of really janky trail.
Just before Sturtevant Waterfall there was 5 or 6 foot section where it looked like the trail/rock got sheered clear away. And the drop was probably about ~70 feet. That said, we met up with some backpackers at Spruce Grove who mentioned that they had been warned about that part of the trail but didn’t encounter anything like that. So I’m wondering if there is another way over the waterfall?
The only other thing that caught me off guard was how much sun we got as we descended the west part of the loop. I didn’t realize the switchbacks we so exposed and got blasted by the morning’s sun for a good mile.
Still, it was a great hike. My teenage kids and I had a lot of fun!

long hike to the top. there's a bunch of radio towers up there. amidst like a little ghost town. there's also a lot of room at the top. one of my favorite mountain tops

Beautiful trail!! It ended up being exactly 10 miles for me and took a little less than 4 hours to complete. There were a couple times where I got off trail and had to slide down the mountain to find it again, but I still made it to the end!

great challenge for beginners gives a good perspective as to what preparation is needed for mt Wilson, found its beauty is like no other, 80% shady trail

This trail is steep and strenuous with great views along the way. it's one of the quickest and shortest ways to bag Mt. Baldy.

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