Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m.: Rim of the Valley Trail, Deukmejian Wilderness Park: Grade moderate, round trip approximately 2.5 miles, elevation gain and loss approximately 800 feet. Co-leaders Jane Tirrell and Helena Bowman.
The Rim of the Valley Trail leads through chaparral, sage scrub and riparian habitats to Haines Canyon Road and eventually (via the road) to the summit of Mt. Lukens. We will go only as far as the streambed in Cook's Canyon, a distance of about 1.2 miles. With the abundant rainfall this winter, annual wildflowers should be putting on a good display; many have already made their appearance. We will also see many of the chaparral shrubs in flower. The views across Crescenta Valley to the Verdugo Mountains are spectacular. Bring something to eat; we'll have lunch in the picnic area when the walk is finished.
Directions: Deukmejian Wilderness Park, 3429 Markridge Road, La Crescenta:
From the 210 Freeway, take exit 17A for Pennsylvania Avenue. Go north on Pennsylvania to Foothill Blvd. and turn left. Turn right on New York Avenue; continue to Markridge Road and to the park entrance. Restrooms are available near the parking area. Note: this is a popular hiking spot especially on weekends. Please carpool if possible, since parking may be limited. It may be necessary to park along Markridge Road and walk up the park entrance road. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in front of the historic Le Mesnager barn.