Mt. Lukens Via Stone Canyon Trail - Hiking

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Hike or run to the highest point in Los Angeles!

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Taylor Reilly


8.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

16.6 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

4 hours

3.5 to 5 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly




Mt. Lukens is the highest point in the city of Los Angeles, and the Stone Canyon trail to the top is often a training ground for hikers planning on hiking Mt Whitney. The trail is about 8 miles round-trip from the parking lot with about 3,200 ft.elevation gain. 

What Makes It Great

The terrain at the base of the trail is considered excellent by many hikers, but higher up, there are some more precarious areas. Though, several communication antennae are on the summit, you'll still be treated to one of the best views of the western San Gabriels and city of Los Angeles. The summit highpoint is at 5,075ft and is marked by a small rock cairn. The hardest part of this trail for most hikers is at the beginning finding the best place to cross the river on the trail. This trail is almost entirely exposed to the sun, so bring plenty of water and dress accordingly.

Who is Going to Love It

The trail is dog friendly, but crossing the river down low may prove to be difficult and broken glass along the trail may not be the best thing for your pet’s feet. Be sure to display your National Forest Service adventure pass in the window of your car. You can obtain this pass ahead of time online or at Ranger Stations. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From the Foothill 210 Freeway in the city of La Crescenta exit Pennsylvania Avenue heading north up the hill approximately 4/10th's of a mile. Turn left on Foothill Boulevard and go 3/10th's of a mile turning right onto and up New York Avenue. Head north for one mile until it ends and turns left onto Markridge Avenue. Immediately start looking for a right turn into Deukmejian Wilderness Park. The Park address is 3429 Markridge Road. Follow the entrance road to the parking area at the top. Parking is free and park hours are limited from 7:00 a.m. to Sunset.

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Mt. Lukens Via Stone Canyon Trail

2400 Stonyvale Rd
Los Angeles, CA, 91042
34.29374, -118.23892

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