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Mount Lukens

17 April 2002

By: Bobcat Thompson

Leaders: Ron Rosein and Dan Butler

Led by Ron Rosein and Dan Butler, 22 Wednesday hikers met at Mt. Gleason and Foothill Blvd. in Sunland at 8:56 a.m. for the drive up Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Dosky Rd. at Vogel Flats and the start of the Stone Canyon Trail up Mt. Lukens from the north.

UP the Stone Canyon Trail we hiked, past a beautiful display of Spring wildflowers including California Poppies, Blue Dick, Mountain Lilac, Indian Paintbrush, Deadly Nightshade, Pearly Everlasting, Baby Blue Eyes and numerous others on a well-maintained trail. The stream crossing at the bottom was negotiated easily in this drought year, and the group negotiated the 3300' gain in 5 miles to the top and lunch at 12:30 p.m. A register in good shape was found on the summit. I was celebrating my 48th ascent of Mt. Lukens and my 2000th Hundred Peak.

It was very cold on top with the wind blowing, so after about 40 minutes we all gladly headed back down Stone Canyon to arrive back at the cars about 3 p.m.

The Wednesday hikers are a great group of people to hike with. If you're ever off on a Wednesday, check the Schedule and come visit and hike with them.

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