Floris and I decided to go to the highest point in Los Angeles city, the top of Mount Luken - 5075 ft. It was a tough climb up, the road was graded and contained lots of sand and big chunks of rocks. It took us about three hours to get to the top. We would have been faster, but we took lots of breaks.
Here is the map. It doesn't seem like much, only 5.66 miles... but it adds up!
Only 5.66 miles, but an elevation gain of 2887 ft!
Here is the beginning of the trail. Floris leading the way.
You can see the Haines Canyon Debris Dam.
Getting ready for more climbing.
You can see our destination, barely. It's the radio towers on the top of the mountain.
The radio towers are getting closer.
This is the top of the Rim of the Valley trail.
The views we get for this climb.
We're almost to the top. The radio towers are getting bigger.
On the way to the top, we saw fire crews working to clear away brush. I'm sure that they didn't expect to see two guys riding up on mountain bikes.
Additional mountains. Maybe we will tackle those on a later date...
We finally made it to the top. It was a bit worrysome. There were signs everywhere stating that standing near the radio towers would result in getting higher than recommended levels of radio frequencies.
The view from the top. It was hazy and sunny when we began riding. By the time we got to the top, it was overcast and hazy. It started to sprinkle by the time we go back to our cars.
But the views were still spectacular.
Proof that I made it to the top!
Floris getting his pictures.
See, Floris made it too!