The Crescenta View Trail is located within the Deukmejian Wilderness Park, a beautiful mountain park at the height of La Crescenta and overlooking the Verdugo Mountains, Sunland, Tujunga and La Crescenta. At higher elevations, one can see far into Los Angeles, Pasadena, and one of the best views of the valley cities. This park boasts not only a selection of trails for all abilities, but it is also home to Mt. Lukens, the highest peak in Los Angeles.
Trailhead Features: The Deukmejian Wildnerness Park is one of the nicest trailheads you can find as the base of the hike is located in a managed park. There is a large parking lot, restrooms with flush toilets, a water fountain, doggy water bowl, a historic barn with vineyard, a small outdoor amphitheater, picnic areas, and interpretive signs. The city often hosts guided tours, clean-up days, and classes at the park. There is a park host who resides in a trailer on the property and is available for questions and answers.
The Trail: The Crescenta View Trail is a physically challenging trail that leads up to Haynes Canyon Motorway/Mt. Lukens Truck Trail/FR2N27 and offering hikers the chance to then follow the fire road to the summit of Mt. Lukens, the highest point in Los Angeles. From the parking area, follow Dunsmore Canyon Trail. Crescenta View Trail branches off of Dunsmore Canyon (marked by signs) and immediately begins a quick incline on a single-track, mountain-siding trail laden with switchbacks, small rock scrambles, and a rise of more than 1000 feet in the first mile. A challenging hike, this trail is perfect for those fit folks looking for a great workout. It can also serve as a training hike for larger climbs such as Mt. Baldy or Mt. Whitney. Once you reach the fire road, decide whether to veer left to Mt. Lukens to log some extra miles and gain the badge of accomplishment for climbing to the highest peak in L.A., or return the way you came.
If proceeding to Mt. Lukens, one can return via the Crescenta View Trail, or opt to complete the loop, continuing along the Haynes Motorway, then descending the Rim of the Valley Trail, and mountain-siding back to the park via Cooks Canyon Trail for a total trek of about 10 miles.
Out-of-Shapers Difficulty Rating: Holy doodles…this one is a doozy! Save this one for after you have mastered other challenging hikes such as Hennenger Flats. I ventured up unsuccessfully a few times before actually reaching the top.
Official Website: City of Glendale
Location: 3429 Markridge Rd., La Crescenta, CA 91214
Note: The gate to the parking/trailhead does not open until 7:00 a.m. Street parking is available and the park is accessible by foot if the gate is closed.
Length: 5.5 Miles (out and back to the fire road); +1 mile each way to the peak of Mt. Lukens, or 10 miles via the Crescenta View/Haynes Motorway/Rim of the Valley Loop
Elevation: (approx): Trailhead = 2335 ft.; Crescenta View Trail @ Haynes Fire Road = 4640 ft.; Mt. Lukens Summit = 5066 ft.
Kid Friendly? Strenuous hike, but manageable for kids with strong physical endurance and grit.
Fido Friendly? Yes, dogs allowed on leash. There are doggy bags and trash bins at the trailhead and a water bowl for Fido and Friends by the restrooms at the parking lot. Bring lots of water…the trail gets sunny and hot!
Exposure: The trail is well shaded in the early morning, but offers little to no shade as the sun rises over the mountain by mid-morning. Best suited for cooler days.
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