I hiked Mt. Lukens with a friend a few days ago. This small peak is just north of La Crescenta, California, in the Angeles National Forest. We hiked the loop shown in the image below. Starting at the Deukmejian Wilderness Park, we hiked up the Crescenta View Trail to reach the ridgeline, then back down along the Rim of the Valley Trail. So we hiked counterclockwise along the track shown.
The ascent was a constant climb, but not too steep.
The views were hampered by the haze. This one barely shows downtown Los Angeles in the distance.
The route downhill was more fun. Mostly because it was downhill. None of the turns we had to make were marked. We stopped at a few of them to consult the map.
This was a nice hike and the weather was perfect. It was a total of 10.4 miles and took us about 6 hours, including rest stops.