Off The Beaten Path - 3 Uncrowded, Training Hikes

We’re fast hikers.

Because we like to power up the mountain, we pass a lot of people on the way up the trail. While most people are courteous, constantly trying to maneuver around them can hinder training hikes and dampen spirits.

That’s why we’ve been exploring less travelled hikes in the Tujunga Canyon wilderness. If you’re like us and want the burn (and the views) of an Ice Canyon, but have the trail to yourself, try one of these hikes.

Fox Mountain

Length: 11.7 miles
Elevation: 2770ft
People Seen On Trail: 0

While not easy, the ascent to Fox Mountain is gentler than two other hikes on this list. This one-track meanders back as much as up – that is until the last 5 minutes – which is 500 almost vertical feet to the summit.

Mount Lukens via Stone Canyon

Length: 9.2 miles
Elevation: 3123ft
People Seen On Trail: 5

Wear long pants and bring poles because this trail is quite strenuous and overgrown. It’s basically switchbacks all the way up, but at least you have the place to yourself.

Josephine Peak

Length: 8.1 miles
Elevation: 2050ft
People Seen On Trail: 8

Take the recently reopened Colby Canyon route to Josephine for the best scenery and fewest people. It’s moderately tough going until you hit Josephine Saddle, where the trail levels out.

  • I’ll try and check out Josephine Peak. The scenery looks amazing.

    • Ryan Morgan

      Yes, great scenery, stark, mountainous and beautiful. Wear pants if you go soon, lots of bushes b/c it’s they’re not hiked very often. Have fun!

  • kimberly Bunting

    Fox Mountain looks stunning. It took me a couple seconds to find you in the one shot, and WOW, when I did! Never heard of this hike and looking forward to trying it.