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Dark Canyon Trail to Mt Lukens Rd Saddle

Intermediate
 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice out-and-back in the Angeles National Forest with good views of Tujunga Canyon and the La Crescenta Valley


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Point to Point

4,025' 1,227 m

High

2,836' 864 m

Low

1,224' 373 m

Up

34' 10 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)
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Angeles Forest Parking Permit required

Description

This out and back starts at the trailhead for Dark Canyon Trail, which is mile marker 30 when heading north on Angeles Crest Road. Park in the small turnout area on the west side of the road (Angeles Forest permit required).

The first portion of the trail is a quite steep, narrow singletrack. There's a fair amount of shade, which is nice because you are definitely climbing. In spring, you are likely to enjoy beautiful bright yellow and purple wildflowers.

After a little over 1/2 mile of climbing, you'll reach Clemens Junction, where the trail connects with Grizzly Flat Road (to the right or also straight ahead) and Grizzly Lukens Road (to the left). Turn left on to Grizzly Lukens Road, a wide fire road. Here you'll continue to climb, but at a much gentler grade. Along the while you have alternating views of Big Tujunga Canyon, the San Gabriels, and, finally, when you reach the junction with Mt. Lukens Rd (another fire road) after 2.7 mi, the La Crescenta Valley with the Verdugo Mountains just behind it.

There's opportunity to carry on in either direction along Mt Lukens Rd. to extend your hike.

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in Arroyo Seco

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in Arroyo Seco

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View back toward LA from a few minutes into the hike up from the Dark Canyon Trailhead toward Grizzly Flat
Apr 24, 2022 near La Cres…, CA
Saddle at the top of Grizzly Flats Road. Lukens Truck Trail continues its climb to the peak on the left.
Jul 20, 2017 near La Cres…, CA

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