Trail Canyon – Tom Lucas Camp

Where: Angeles National Forest
Mileage: 5.0 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended: Water, pants

It was one of those days that we needed to get out of the city, so we took the 210 freeway to Tujunga, CA. After exiting on Sunland (left) make another left at Mt. Gleason. Take this until you hit the intersection of Big Tujunga Canyon. Turn right and go about 3.5 miles to Trail Canyon Road. There will be a little dirt road on your left hand side, turn into that. Either park there or you can follow the dirt road into the parking area, which was bumpy but easy to get through the narrow road.

We parked and headed uphill only to find ourselves isolated. This was nice because of the silence and you could hear Gold Creek in the area. Most of the way up to Trail Canyon Falls we crossed the creek (5 or 6 times). It took about 30 minutes to get to the falls. There were small trailed that you could take to the top of the falls or even the base of the falls. We decided to keep going at this point because the day was still young. Next destination was Tom Lucas Camp.

After about another mile we hit another creek crossing. The whole other side of the creek was covered in poison oak, which made it difficult to want to go further. Since we didn’t have pants on, but shorts, we decided to take a break and eat lunch before heading back down the mountain. At that point it was even hard to see the trail because the brush and poison oak were so overgrown. This is the second hike in a row this happened to us. Either way still got a good amount of mileage in. Scenery was wonderful and the wondrous setting is not to be missed.

Note to self: Wear pants.

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