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Haines Canyon

Hiking distance: 3 miles round trip Hiking time: 1.5 hours Configuration: out-and-back Elevation gain: 1,000 feet

Exposure: mix of open slopes and forested pockets Difficulty: moderate Dogs: allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Sunland Harrison: Angeles Front Country Trail Map

Haines Creek forms on the west slope of Mount Lukens on the western end of the San Gabriel Mountains. The creek flows through the canyon, emptying into the Haines Canyon Reservoir on the northeast corner of Tujunga. The basin is a catch-all for rocks and brush washed down the drainage. The Haines Canyon Trail begins at the dam and catch basin, following the waterway up canyon.

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The trail is an often-used route to the summit of Mount Lukens, the highest peak in Los Angeles. Instead of climbing up the 5,074- foot mountain, this hike follows the canyon bottom through a jungle of riparian habitat to a lush spring with ferns.

To the trailhead

Heading westbound on the Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) in La Crescenta, exit on Lowell Avenue. Drive 0.3 miles straight ahead on Honolulu Avenue to Tujunga Canyon Boulevard. Veer right on Tujunga Canyon Boulevard, and go 1.3 miles to Haines Canyon Avenue. Turn right and continue 0.2 miles to Day Street. Turn right and go one block, returning to Haines Canyon Avenue. Turn left and drive 0.6 miles to the end of the road at the trailhead gate. An Adventure Pass is required for parking.

Heading eastbound on the Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) in La Crescenta, exit on La Tuna Canyon Road. Turn left under the freeway and drive 1.3 miles to Tujunga Canyon Boulevard. Turn left and continue with the directions above.

Haines Canyon

Head up the dirt fire road and pass the vehicle gate, following the left side of the Blanchard debris dam and the Haines Canyon Reservoir. Stay on the main road, passing a dirt road coming in from the left and another from the right. Steadily climb along the west edge of Haines Canyon under oaks and sycamores. The road levels out at one mile, and the canyon bends left at a trail split. Haines Canyon Road (also known as Mount Lukens Road) veers to the right, passing another vehicle gate. The fire road climbs the south-facing slope to the summit of 5,074-foot Mount Lukens.

For this hike, take the left fork, staying in Haines Canyon. The forested canyon quickly narrows, and the dirt road becomes a footpath. Pass a cement water tank on the right, and cross Haines Creek under a lush canopy.

Continue up canyon, curving right along the drainage to a signed fork at a fern-filled spring. The left fork follows the Sister Elsie Trail to the Stone Canyon Trail. The right fork continues one mile to the Haines Canyon Road. Choose your own turn around spot.

Maps: U.S.G.S. Sunland and Condor Peak Harrison: Angeles Front Country Trail Map Deukmejian Wilderness Park Trail Map

Deukmejian Wilderness Park is a rugged 702-acre park on the north edge of

Glendale in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The park is named for George Deukmejian, the former governor of California. The wilderness park is home to Cooks Canyon and Dunsmore Canyon, two stream-fed drainages with riparian woodland habitats and steep chaparral-covered slopes. The Rim of the Valley Trail passes through lush Cooks Canyon, teaming with native plants. The path crosses bridges over gorges to the arid upper slopes and Haines Canyon Road, a narrow dirt fire road that weaves up to 5,074-foot Mount Lukens, the highest peak in Los Angeles. From the upper foothills at the end of this hike are great vistas across the San Fernando Valley.

To the trailhead

From the Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) in La Crescenta, exit on Pennsylvania Avenue. Drive 0.4 miles north to Foothill Boulevard. Turn left and go 0.3 miles to New York Avenue. Turn right and continue 0.9 miles to Markridge Road. Turn left and drive 0.1 mile to the park entrance on the right. Turn right, enter the park, and go 0.2 miles uphill to the trailhead parking lots on both sides of the road. An Adventure Pass is required for parking.

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