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The trail was amazing and so much fun but definitely not 8 miles - I tracked 9.7. I decided to take my pitbull and was smart enough to bring more than enough water for both of us. But had I known it was about 10 miles, I wouldn’t have brought him along. If you decide to bring your dog, please bring enough water! I ended up drinking nearly two liters while he drank almost four liters. Still an amazing hike and would definitely do it again!

loved the views from this trail.

Hiked the left side of the loop on the way up. Got to the top in 3 hours. I didn’t need a map or gps. Not bad for a novice like me! Great trail with awesome views! I will definitely do this hike again!

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!
Vlog:https://youtu.be/e48bjiZPeos

I also put together a playlist of music for hikers to bring on the trail :)
Playlist: http://sptfy.com/1VKg

hiking
3 months ago

This is a decent urban hike, more man-made stuff than nature. (Fellow pet parents: Please scoop the poop!)

What makes it interesting is that it reaches the high point in the San Rafael Hills, giving you a different vantage than you get in the San Gabriels or Verdugo Hills, for example looking down into the Rose Bowl.

By no means a "destination" hike, but it could be an interesting add-on to another hike in the area, to give you a different perspective.

on Crescenta View Trail

3 months ago

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

Very nice hike. It was foggy, so I was basically walking in a cloud the entire time, but the trail has a nice grade, and there's a lot of greenery and wildflowers. Can't wait to try it on a nice day!

We started at 8am and it was warm already. Start early to try to beat the heat. We tracked 10 miles. Also came across a rattlesnake!

I started counter clockwise. I also recommend using one of the “Recordings” from someone who completed the hike already as a guide vs this main one as it is short by 2 miles it doesn’t mark the trail correctly.

Nice hike, but lots of small rocks. End up being over 10 miles.

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 trail. Get a good work out because the hills are pretty steep.not too much of a scene but it’s still a great trail!

Pretty good. There is a gate but you can just walk through it. Even ground. Long slog to top. Joins the motorway at the top. Yes it is hot. The sun exists.

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.

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

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

Fence is still there. Not sure this is a viable trail anymore.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous sunrise hike. Parked on La Tuna Cyn at 6:15am. The entire hike took about 2 hours. I was the only one on this trail the entire time, but many others were using the trail that forks off to the right. I didn’t stop to see what the name of that trail was, but I prefer less people anyway so I’ll stick to this one. There were a bunch of bee hive boxes on pallets early on alongside the trail. No swarm of bees whatsoever around the boxes - only saw one flying around. Beautiful regardless of some plant life that is still charred from the Fall fires. I suggest wearing your boots - there are some pretty rough sandy inclines/declines that made me glad I had mine on.

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).

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!

hiking
7 months ago

This is a quick hike with a nice incline of 500 ft in a mile. It is a fire road, so the trail is fairly flat and very wide, making it a nice walk and talk trail. My concern for this hike is that if you do the loop, it seems to traverse through someone’s private driveway as you go through the gate exiting Edison Fire Road. I am not quite sure of the legality of this piece of the hike. You travel city streets for the last .3 Miles to get back to your car. To do it again, I would either turn back at the top, or do the hike to the gate, then head back and make it a 4 mile out and back.

It is mostly sun-exposed, but does offer shady reprieves. There a beautiful sweeping views of La Crescenta, La Canada, and over the 2 Freeway into Glendale. If you live nearby, it is a fun little hike. I wouldn’t travel here to do it as there are much better options out there.

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!

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

The trail Has a FENCE Locked Blocking the access

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.

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