Haines Canyon to Mount Lukens Trail

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Haines Canyon to Mount Lukens Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tujunga, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2939 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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This trip starts at the end of Haines Canyon Ave in Tujunga, parking can be a challenge but as a fall back position you can park at the city property near the intersection with Apperson St. Proceed through the locked gate and past the Debris Basin, which is the site of the now long gone City of Tujunga water department to another locked gate. Here you are greeted with a warning sign. Up the road to the junction with Graveyard Truck Trail, I believe this is so named for the now defunct cemetery which was in the news in the 1970's when coffins where washed out into the city during a rain event. The road above here becomes increasingly rough and less maintained. The road was maintained until recently and was badly damaged in the rains following the 9 (10,& 11)/2009 Station Fire. This area was once Homesteaded and if you look on the USGS Topo maps the dark shading indicates private property within the national forest. There was a small community named Azteca here until roughly 1934 and was certainly gone by 1938 after severe flooding. There is an old Auto Club city sign over at Bolton Hall Museum if you ever have time to see it on a Sunday afternoon. On a clear day I've seen Olancha Peak and other points to the north, Telescope Peak? and who knows what else. But there are many wide vistas here. I've read there was a lookout here until the early 1920's but it was moved to Josephine Peak then because of poor visibility from pollution. There are many options here for loop hikes and one way hikes with hakes back along city streets, or shuttles back to your start on Haines Canyon Ave

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7 days ago

Very calm. Lovely.

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1 month ago

This is a scenic and secluded hike. It should be rated as difficult though, not moderate. My legs were pretty damn sore afterwards. I only saw a couple bikers and hikers (watch out for the bikers). There's not a lot of shade, so avoid this trail on a hot day (I wouldn't do it above 80 degrees). Make sure to bring food and plenty of water either way.

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11 months ago

It was okay.

nice 7.4 mile one way starting from seven hills in tujunga. 3000ft total gain, 15.x miles total. started at 7am r eturned about 2ish. 77 degrees out no shade shelter would advise to start early or take min 2 liters of water/person. the blue bug spot is a bee hive inside be careful. decent amount of poison oak on the way up and plety of overgrowth up to face high.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

As a beginner hiker, this was pretty difficult. I'm talking ALL uphill until the very end. We started at 8am taking the left trail to the top. At some point early on, we strayed off the path accidentally and came across a hill with stonework and a picnic bench! Pretty awesome considering it's in the middle of nowhere. Probably have to come back and enjoy a lunch there. ;) Tons of switchbacks and we even came across an abandoned blue bug. It was rusted and practically buried in the ground. Pretty cool. Hah! The view at the peak was absolutely beautiful. Totally worth the climb. We headed back down the other trail to complete the loop which was almost seemed to be more difficult than climbing. It's all dirt and rocks which took a huge toll on all of our joints and feet. I was still sore and tired the day after. Also be sure to wear sunscreen if you take the right trail at all. It's sunshine hitting you the entire time! If we do this again, we'll probably just do an out and back and not the full loop. This trail was awesome though! Total ass kicker!

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

First off I want to rate this as moderate to hard. That being said I really enjoyed this hike. I think it is completely underrated and is a must hike trail in Los Angeles. The trail head is easy to find just look for the gates and follow the trail. The hike up was absolutely beautiful. There was snow at the summit and it was very cold and windy. The views are amazing but you do have to deal with the towers and gates but well worth it. On the way back down make sure to not miss the sister elsie trail there is no marker. there is a cool little blue bug on this part of the trail and it was fun to imagine how it got there. We started at 7:30am and got back just before 2:00 we did take a couple stops due to our beginner hikers but I felt bad because I didn't think the trek up would be that difficult. Overall everyone enjoyed it. You can still see the aftermath of the 2009 station fire, I wish there where better trail markers and it was challenging but the peak made it worth it =)

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

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Monday, November 23, 2015

We GPSd as we went along and took a scenic loop route of about 14 miles. such wonderful views on this Rocky but maintained path. Hiking poles were helpful due to grades and rocks on the paths. My 11 yo daughter and I have it two thumbs up!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Sunday, February 23, 2014