Ascent of Mount Lukens on 2017-01-28

Climber: Jay Smith

Others in Party:Jim Green
Date:Saturday, January 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lukens
    Elevation:5074 ft / 1546 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the parking area in Dunsmore Canyon we took the Crescenta View Trail until it transitioned into Forest Road 2N76C. This spur road connects with the Mt. Lukens Road (2N76) on the ridge, one mile and 400 vertical feet southeast of the summit. We proceeded up the road to a use trail that leads to the false summit where the Sierra Club has chosen to place their register. After taking in the views and enjoying the perfect weather, we wandered around the actual summit area and snapped a few obligatory photos before continuing on the Mt. Lukens Road as it descended toward Haines Canyon. To complete the loop, we hooked up with the Rim-of-the-Valley Trail and followed it for almost two miles until we returned to our starting point near the old stone barn in Dunsmore Canyon.
I found the ascent route to be more interesting overall but the return trip included a short walk through Cooks Canyon, an oasis with a tree-lined stream that provides a respite from the typical vegetation and scenery found in the area. The trails were in excellent condition.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3050 ft / 928 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3050 ft / 929 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.7 mi / 15.6 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2900 ft / 883 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Crescenta View Trail
    Start Trailhead:2174 ft / 662 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3050 ft / 929 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2900 ft / 884 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    End Trailhead:2174 ft / 662 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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