ElevationAscent: 3,329' 1,015 m
Descent: -3,328' -1,014 m
High: 5,054' 1,541 m
Low: 1,773' 540 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“An 8.8-mile round-trip run up Mt. Lukens”— John McKinney
After crossing the river, the trail very quickly begins to ascend the trail which parallels the canyon for a little under a half mile. The trail veers away from the canyon and begins to climb switchbacks up a ridge line. There is not a lot of tree cover along this trail as fires have burned the slopes of the mountain.
At 3.3 miles, the trail is joined by Sister Elsie Trail from the west; above this, the grade of Stone Canyon Trail begins to ease. At 3.8 miles, the trail meets Haines Canyon Spur Road; take a left and follow the spur road for about 0.2 miles. At the next junction, turn left onto Haines Canyon Road then take the next right to head up to the summit of Mt. Lukens. Enjoy the views of the Santa Monica and Verdugo mountains, Santa Monica Bay and Palos Verdes Peninsula before heading back the way you came.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
Poodle-dog bush is abundant. This plant causes a rash similar to poison oak or poison ivy when it touches skin. Wear long sleeves and pants if you run in the area.
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