Not many small or medium-sized cities can boast of three mountain ranges within its border, but Glendale, California, does. Stretching east and north from the San Fernando Valley, the city takes in substantial parts of the San Rafael Hills and the Verdugo Mountains, plus a small slice of the San Gabriel Mountains at the city's northern extremity. At this northernmost spot in Glendale, overlooking the foothill communities of La Crescenta and Tujunga, lies Deukmejian Wilderness Park, named after 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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4 days ago

With the fog coverage and recent rain, the hike was lovely, but I wouldn't suggest it in midday heat. It's a goat hill, so do some bird watching from time to time to increase enjoyment. Lots of scrub jays, mockingbirds, and others. The view of the valley was outstanding... You can see Sylmar to Glendale. I wore running shoes, and my feet are sore from the rocky terrain. All in all, very rewarding.

6 days ago

Best trail I’ve been on.

This really is an in and out trail with the option of going back a different way. The scenery was pretty homogeneous, and the trail a straight line to the top with little variation in incline. I went on a hot day and had to duck under a tree to get reprieve from the sun, otherwise the only source of shade is at the end of the path at the top. I appreciated the trail mostly for the exercise and the solitude as few others were present on the trail.

12 days ago

Amazing views of the Crescenta Valley. You definitely need hiking shoes for this one, and poles will help those who need some extra support. Much of the trail is very rocky and you'll be stepping on lots of stones of all sizes. I did this on a cool cloudy day so the sun wasn't much of an issue; but yes, most of the trail is unshaded. Not alot of traffic on this trail either. If you don't like heights, you might not like this trail. Much of the path on the ascent is narrow and follows a ridgeline. Watch your footing!

Early morning. With 2 dogs. Very nice facilities at trail head. Rocky trail. Bring trail shoes or boots. Narrow single track trail. Spectacular views of Crescenta valley. Only about 40% shaded. Might be better to do at dusk. Steep. Med to hard climb.
Overall a fun hike!

loved the views from this trail.

Fantastic views, fun trail for hiking, trail running, or mountain biking. When the wildflowers are blooming this trail dazzles.

This trail was awesome! I came up here early on a weekday morning and still was surprised to see a good number of hikers. The trail is fairly open but there was a nice breeze and bits of shade throughout as it was still early morning. This land is very inspiring and quite serene. There is a tree shaded area at the dead end with a bench that was perfect for a nice chill, music making session, and morning meditation.

I vlogged my hike so you can check out the trail ahead of time!

I also put together a playlist of music for hikers to bring on the trail :)

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5 months ago

Nice place for an escape from the city feel with amazing views.

This is a beautiful little place with several trails and options. Went after a storm and everything was incredibly lush. It is a steady incline on the Dunsmore Trail from start to finish, but the Le Messanger Loop is a bit nicer on the legs. We actually started from Foothill Blvd instead of the trail head in order to add a few more miles and about 500 additional feet in elevation...a decision my legs are paying for now.

there are a lot of different trails and cut offs so be sure to pay attention the signs along the way help a lot and there's a little bit of a stream now which should make it even more enjoyable once it rains again

Great in and out. The sun exposed side of the hill could definitely get sun baked, but today was cool and cloudy. Perfect! Took the fire road from the top of Crescent View up to Mt. Markham...worth the extra walk!

Good trail width and well kept. Steady incline the whole way with consistent features with a small shaded bench at the end. Not much payoff but great for an easy straight trail run up and down. Boring if you like canyons, trees, waterfall hikes.

cool dams in the beginning. immediate incline to the top. cool views too.

It was a little difficult but short great work out. There are alot of other small trails with nice views near by

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nice and clean but the heart trail, view is so beautiful I breed a lot of water because later in the afternoon it get very hot.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Great trail! Slightly narrow at times, definitely not for the timid. Wonderful views!

We took the Dunsmore Canyon trail, and it was steep and rocky. Not a lot of shade. I would like to try some of the others-- it seems like we accidentally chose the one that was relentlessly uphill.

One of my favorite hiking spots.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Some of the best views you can find! You can see Pasadena, LA, Glendale and even into Sunland and beyond! Fairly strenuous hike and NOT for beginners. I didn't finish this time due to the impinging heat and insufficient water (I brought 2 bottles), so plan to do it in the winter. Can't wait to see the view from the top! Steady incline, many switchbacks and technical areas. Shady in the early morning, full sun by mid-morning. Less experienced and/or less fit hikers may want to try to the Mesnager Loop, Rim of the Valley or Dunsmore Canyon hike in the same park. This is what hiking is about!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

very nice hike, moderate and great views and it is green :) not challenging the only thing should know is it has narrow road and hiking stick might be a help

Haven't done this trail since all of the recent rains. There was water in the stream and the trail was very overgrown. Great hike that has sun, shade and amazing views on clear days.

Nice place. Bring lots of sunblock, it's best to be half way done before the heat hits you. We started at 7am and got a nice view. They also have pretty clean restroom and parking lot.

This trail was a very decent hiking start for my wife and me back in California.
Awesome views of other mountains in the LA area. Who knew?

Pretty fun trail for sure if you do the loop up to Lukens (counter clockwise). I saw some reviews saying it was just over 9 miles but my GPS recorded it at 11 miles. Trail is narrow in some places with some overgrowth but pretty decently marked. Although contrary to my actions, I would resist the urge to do it mid day, in mid July.

Love it. I have a 11 year old girl and a 6 year boy and they enjoyed it.

Nice hike. Lots of different paths. Some rocky unstable terrain. Lots of bugs. Nice park at the bottom.

Real fun!! Love the fact that it's not a busy trail. Make sure to take water, especially when it's real hot, hardly any shade on this trail, and wouldn't say it's an easy trail. Definitely would go back.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

What wonderful park. Much more than I would expect from a city park. I paid a first visit a couple of days ago and started exploring the Rim of the Valley trail. It starts off through some rolling hills, crosses a canyon stream bed, and then begins to climb to some decent elevation. There were no trail maps either posted or for pickup, so I wasn't quite sure where I was headed or how far to go. I only saw two other hikers on this cold and drizzly weekday, and I was thoroughly enjoying myself. However I saw rain and more wind blowing in, so after an hour plus of hiking I turned around and headed back to the trailhead. I wasn't prepared for an extend hike in weather that day, but I look forward to going back better prepared for a more extensive exploration.

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