The Volunteer Trail Crew Coordinator at Deukmejian Wilderness Park dropped me a line to let me know that their restoration of the Rim of the Valley Trail is now complete.
The all-volunteer repair effort lasted about a full year, and now you can use the Rim of the Valley Trail to connect with the Haynes Canyon Fire Road and take that to the summit of Mount Lukens. I did this route several years ago (before the Station Fire) after a nice rain and found this stretch of the Rim of the Valley Trail to be one of the prettiest in the San Gabriels. The volunteers’ efforts have now turned to the Crescenta View Trail, which they expect to have restored in a few months.
If you’re interested in helping with the volunteer effort, they encourage you to keep track of trail events on their Facebook Page.
Thanks to everyone whose hard work helped restore the trail back to hiking shape!