A quick escape from the hubbub of the city and into some wild nature.
From the Angeles Crest Fire Station, head straight back along the driveway and around the locked gate.
Mt. Lukens Truck Trail #3N27
is a steep, rutted fire and access road that goes all the way to the top of Mt. Lukens. It begins with a quiet series of switchbacks up to where the power lines cross the ridge. The climb has just begun, but the bench here is a great place to stop, catch your breath, and take in the spectacular views of Los Angeles, the Arroyo Seco, and the entire front range of the San Gabriel Mountains.
If you've ever wondered about the switchbacks on the remote Ken Burton Trail
, you can see most of them zig-zagging down the other side of the canyon. The next three miles continue to climb along the ridge, passing the teepee at Bee Flats and the top of the Earl Canyon Mtwy.
At mile 4.2, the road forks. To the left Lukens Truck Trail continues another three miles to the peak, and if what you just rode wasn't enough climbing for you, it's a nice way to tack on some more miles/elevation. To the right is Grizzly Flat Road
, and whether or not you grab the peak you should go down it. The entire road was graded 04/2021 (along with all other fire roads on Mt. Lukens) and will take some time to wear in again. Several points offer spectacular views down into the Arroyo Seco and even down the backside of Lukens into Big Tujunga towards the end.
Grizzly Flat Road
eventually intersects with Hoyt Mountain Road
and the Plantation Rd/Dark Canyon Tr. To the northwest Grizzly Flat Road
connects with Grizzly Flat Trail and descends into Big Tujunga. To the northeast Hoyt Mountain Road
is the long way back to the Angeles Crest Highway. To the southeast Upper Dark Canyon Tr. is a quick, fun singletrack descent to Angeles Crest Highway.
Additional trails in this area have been brushed and cleared for the first time since the Station Fire (2009), opening up lots of options for big rides. Originally the recommended loop is to cut short on Dark Canyon or go a little further on Hoyt Mountain Road
and then back down to the car, but now you can make a truly epic loop by climbing Hoyt Mountain Road
to Telephone Trail, climb Nature's Canteen Trail
to Clear Creek Information Center, and then drop into Switzer's Picnic area and go down the Gabrielino Trail (NRT)
to Gould Mesa (where you can climb back up to ACH and get back to the Fire Station). Extra fun/pain tack on the Strawberry Loop from Clear Creek and descend the Gabrielino Trail (NRT)
from Red Box Gap, or go down Colby Canyon Trail
and climb back up to Switzer's on the ACH.
This area is still recovering from the 2009 Station Fire, and slowly being rehabilitated by the USFS and volunteer corps.