Mount Lukens Via Dunsmore Canyon

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Mount Lukens Via Dunsmore Canyon is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glendale, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.7 miles
2562 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

old growth

over grown


no shade

1 month ago

A great hike with a view at the top. Only slight shade so bring a hat and plenty of water.. At a leisurely pace it takes about 2.5-3 hours to reach the top of Mount Lukens from the trailhead of the Deukmejian Wilderness Park lot. Bathrooms are located near the parking lot as well. Keep in mind that the Winter hours posted on the park signs say the gates are locked 1 hour before sunset. So plan accordingly and have fun!

1 month ago

I hiked to the very top summit of Mount Lukens where the radio towers are last Friday and it was a very hot and difficult hike but well worth it. This was a long awaited accomplishment for me. You don't need to eat on the way up, it's a myth needing to eat to gain energy .If you have fat storage on your body your body converts the fat storage into sugar (fuel) so there you've burned some fat. So you don't need to eat or drink those sugary Gatorades and Powerades that's ridiculous just drink water.

2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike! Here are a few tips: Don’t go in the middle of summer because there is very little shade. We went mid-October and it was just bearable. Still, there are a few shady spots to eat lunch or take a rest. Wear something to cover your legs. There are a lot of scratchy bushes along the trail edges. They aren’t too bad, but after 11 miles you kinda wish your shins were protected. Finally, if you start later in the day I’d recommend parking outside the lot and down on the main road. Your car will be locked in if you get back after dark, and it’s nice not to have to stress about that. xx

2 months ago

Great hike! Took the Rim Valley View trail up to Mt Lukens/road to Crescenta View Trail. Watch out for the poison oak, poodle dog bush, and small snakes. I saw two snakes on my path, but thankfully no rattle snake. Spotted deer multiple times! So peaceful during the week.

5 months ago

Great trail but hot and exposed. Bring sunscreen and coverage for arms and legs especially if you go late in the AM. We try to leave the trailhead by 5 am, which seems to keep the heat at bay.

6 months ago

Had a great time trail was great

6 months ago

Easily an 11 mile hike! It's a great hike! It was overcast and misty which made it perfect weather wise! The fog was too thick to enjoy the view, but loved it!!

6 months ago

Loved every step. Ended up being 11 miles even! 4 hours total

7 months ago

This loop is not 8.7 miles. It's more like 11 miles. I've done it at least 6 times. And whatever device I've used has it at over 11 miles.

11 months ago

Best hike for difficulty and workout near LA. I come from Utah so I have to admit that it isn't nearly as intense as most hikes in the Wasatch, but it's the best it gets around here!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Nice hiking day the trail is really hard but worth it,

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Great challenging hike. Saw a Bobcat near the summit. Stunning views. Took us 5 hours with 3 10 min breaks.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

It's a really good trail challenging but with good shed!! It's about 9- 10 miles round trip.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great time to do this one! Get out there and see the wildflowers in their full glory. This loop is exposed most of the time so plan accordingly. Radio towers are the payoff at top but it's really about the journey...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

This is a great, challenging trail. Make sure to bring plenty of water. Recommend to wear long pants as opposed to shorts, as there is a lot of brush that grows onto the trail. Also, there are a few points along the trail that do not have markers, so it can get a little confusing. Google maps is pretty good with showing you the right way to go.

trail running
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Dry, little loose, but trails are clear and clean- well maintained

Thursday, March 24, 2016

It was great! Did this hike with 2 of my friends. First hour was pretty hard. We did the whole loop and followed this trail map here. Started around 8am and was done by a little pass noon. Same as Mt. Lukens via Ridge. I believe it's more than 9miles. Beautiful scenic view of the mountains and the city. We also did this hike on a cool, windy weather. I would not recommend doing this around the summer unless u start really early because there's no shade. Overall it's great hiking this with friends.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Monday, January 04, 2016

Nice loop

Sunday, January 03, 2016

It's a a good starting point to start to get into some longer distance hikes.

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