Leaders: Ruth Lee Brown, Frank Dobos
Nineteen of us met at 7:30AM at the intersection of Mount Gleason Road and Big Tujunga Canyon Road. We proceeded on Big Tujunga to Doske Road, where we parked due to the fact that a locked gate blocked the way down to the campground, past a steel barricade to the trail along the east side of the stream.
We continued on the left side of the wash until we came to the wide rocky canyon coming down from the mountain, across from us. At this point we crossed the creek, boulder hopping to avoid the water, as the stream was running fairly well at this time.
We cut diagonally up toward the mountain to pick up the Stone Canyon trail as it starts up Lukens, just east of the rocky Stone Canyon wash. It is a good trail all the way with 3300 feet gain, and 3.5 miles to the top. The group started hiking at 9:00AM and we were all on the top having lunch by 11:15AM. After lunch, Frank led us to the register at the Sister Elsie benchmark about a quarter mile east of the Lukens summit. We signed in and some of us spent some time exploring the mountain top - full of radio relay towers and buildings.
It was a beautiful day, the temperature was just right, blue skies and no wind or smog. We walked down from the mountain in 1.5 hours, to our cars by 2:30PM.
A good group of hikers we were, made up of DPS Chair Randy Bernard, Bill Banks, Bob Emerick, Richard Fritzen, Jeff Wilson, Donica Wood, Jack Haddad, Don Lum, Ron Powell, Susan Linder, Matt McBride, Bob Liddell, Bob Hess, Paula Vargas, Leslie Pitts, Nancy Artis, and Bill Martin. Thanks to all who joined together to make this the success it was.