Explore the most popular trails in Deukmejian Wilderness Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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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Hiked this at sunset yesterday, and saw not another soul on the trail. It was a little overgrown in parts, but not excessively so. I went an extra 0.3 miles to the saddle on the Mt. Lukens truck trail and the view was well worth it! 6.6 miles round trip, 2500' elevation gain, 2.5 hours. Lots of bees and flowers, no shade. beautiful hike if it's not too hot.

I love this trail. I’ve done it multiple times. Right now however, due to all the rain and lack of upkeep, the plants on the sides of the trail were very tall and the trails became very narrow. My worries were ticks and rattlesnakes. Other than that, I loved it as usual!

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3 months ago

The trail was uphill for the first part and does flatten. You are essentially walking up a wash. It is easy for dogs and there are poop bags and trash cans at the beginning of the trails. I gave this trail a four star because all the signs were hard to spot since the fauna was covering them.

Perfect day for hiking, it was a gloomy morning but also a bit humid. Logged in 11 miles, this trail is not difficult, it’s a gradual elevation gain(app said 2,600). The trail is easy to follow. There’s no shade at all, bring plenty of water, I almost finished my 3L. I also saw a baby rattler about half way up and a big one at the peak by the survey, it was hiding in the whole by the rock.

Hiked up to Mount Lukens and did the loop following the Verdugo Trail to Crescenta View Trail to Haines to Rim of the Valley Trail. First time on this trail and logged 10.5 miles in 4hrs 52min. Several trail markers had no signage, so be aware that you are on the correct trail. I thought it was a tough hike. The descent seemed to take forever. The views are beautiful and breathtaking. Take lots of water and trail snacks.

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4 months ago

Great trail for a fun workout, just the right balance between challenging and enjoyable. Particularly nice is the thick cloud layer I encountered around 3500-4K feet elevation. Highly recommend picking an overcast day to try it out, but be careful to avoid heavy rain as the trail is quite rocky and narrow. Dogs are allowed but the terrain would be quite rough on bare paws so I recommend only bringing along dogs that never run low on energy and that are okay wearing booties to protect their paws.

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4 months ago

The rockyiness made it a challenge for my dogs paws. Beautiful views though, flowers, rocks, views.

Such a great hike! Challenging and diverse. I did it on a cloudy day so weather-wise it was perfect, cool. But not so much for scenic views. Once I hit 3500ft I couldn’t see much down, and at 4000ft you’re walking through thick fog. Eerie and actually pretty cool. The trail is not quite marked with mile poles or anything but well detectable and maintained all the way. Don’t do it if you have bad fear of heights! Trail gets really narrow and steep. Trekking poles definitely made a difference on the way down.

Went on a perfect cloudy day w 60° temps... in the misty clouds at the peak with about 100’ visibility.

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5 months ago

Great trial. Little bit overgrown but not really an issue. The trail wasn’t well marked T the beginning and toward the top. Wanted to connect to a different trail but was unable to locate due to no signage. Utilized the application/map the whole time. Well worth the journey!

A good warm up for Crescenta View Trail. Was a bit washed out but hey, it’s been a wet year.

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6 months ago

Started to see snow at 3500 feet and the trail became incredibly icey and surrounded by snow at just over 4,000 feet and had to turn around. So surreal to see snow in LA at such a low elevation

Such a fun hike with incredible views. Fun SNOW to play with also. Snow gear not needed!

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