Ascent of Mount Lukens on 2007-03-11

Climber: Kevin Herman

Date:Sunday, March 11, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lukens
    Elevation:5074 ft / 1546 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took me a solid 45 minutes to find the trailhead, which is not really marked in any noticeable way. After crossing the creek at the back of the Wildwood Picnic Area, I searched for the trail for a while without result before deciding just to head up Stone Canyon. A couple hundred yards up the canyon (which is not pleasant to hike through, due to the constantly shifting stones), I scrambled up the wall near a big tree, finally putting me on the trail.

Once on the trail, it's a pretty steady uphill hike that gave me quite a workout, especially after wandering aimlessly beforehand.

Mercifully, much of the trail is shaded by trees growing overhead, and the mountain was blocking the sun for me for much of the way.

The last mile of the hike treats you to some great views of the surrounding mountains and the summit gives you a great look at smog-covered L.A. On a clear day, this might be a spectacular view, but those are in short supply around here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3274 ft / 997 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Stone Canyon Trail
    Trailhead:1800 ft / 548 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 1 Hours 16 Minutes

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