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Deukmejian Wilderness Park Dunsmore Canyon, Le Mesnager Loop Trails

La Crescenta, California

Deukmejian Wilderness Park Dunsmore Canyon, Le Mesnager Loop Trails

Deukmejian Wilderness Park: Dunsmore Canyon, Le Mesnager Loop Trails Professional Guide

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"Even the former governor’s most ardent supporters concede that naming a wilderness after George Deukmejian was, to say the least, surprising. Ecology was most certainly not the centerpiece of Deukmejian’s two terms as governor of California. Naming a prison or a highway after the governor would be more in-synch with the ex-governor’s political philosophy, some citizens opine. The city of Glendale purchased the property in 1989 with monies from park bond funds and from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The conservation group SWAP (Small Wilderness Area Preservation) was particularly effective in saving the canyons from subdivision and helping to secure the necessary park funds. Deukmejian Wilderness Park preserves 704 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains just above Glendale-La Crescenta. Two steep canyons—Dunsmore and Cook—make up the bulk of the park, which adjoins Angeles National Forest."

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Explorer | 30 pts
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2/18/2019
Started at the visitor center, followed the vineyard trail and then went up the Crescenta View trial towards Mt. Lukens. It was a very enjoyable hike in the cool mountain air. A good workout but not as rigorous as climbing say Mt Baldy or Mt. Wilson, the switchbacks are very plentiful and they keep the ascent constant but not that steep. The views are stunning and the Manzanita, sage and Ceanothus are looking very vibrant and healthy and I can't wait for the spring wildflowers. I would not recommend this trail for mountain bikes as it is very rocky once you begin making your way up and it is also very narrow in spots and tough to pass with hikers. I would also recommend hiking shoes and/or hiking poles for a less treacherous experience.
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4/23/2018
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Montrose, CA
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6/23/2010
Trail closed beyond McFall Oak due to runoff debris resulting from Station Fire slope denudation and heavy Winter/Spring rains; can't really call it a hike since its over in 5 minutes!
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"This meticulously maintained park in the northernmost section of Glendale is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The hike described here ascends 700 feet to a shady streambed, then loops around to terrific views of the Verdugo Mountains and the foothill communities of La Crescenta and Tujunga. The park is also used to access Mount Lukens, the highest peak within Los Angeles city limits, via the Crescenta View or Rim of the Valley Trail. It is bordered on the north, west, and east sides by the Angeles National Forest. To get to the Dunsmore Canyon Trail, follow the paved fire road north of the parking lot."

Trail Information

La Crescenta
Nearby City
9
Distance
3,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level

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