Mount Lukens, California

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Mount Lukens
Sister Elsie Peak
Mount Lukens, California is located in California
Mount Lukens
Location in California
Elevation5,066 ft (1,544 m)[1]
Location
LocationSunland-Tujunga
California, United States
RangeSan Gabriel Mountains
Coordinates34°16′8.0076″N 118°14′20.2698″W / 34.268891000°N 118.238963833°W / 34.268891000; -118.238963833Coordinates: 34°16′8.0076″N 118°14′20.2698″W / 34.268891000°N 118.238963833°W / 34.268891000; -118.238963833[1]
Topo mapUSGS Condor Peak
Geology
TypeSummit
Climbing
Easiest routeHike from Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale[2][3]
 
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Mount Lukens
Sister Elsie Peak
Mount Lukens, California is located in California
Mount Lukens
Location in California
Elevation5,066 ft (1,544 m)[1]
Location
LocationSunland-Tujunga
California, United States
RangeSan Gabriel Mountains
Coordinates34°16′8.0076″N 118°14′20.2698″W / 34.268891000°N 118.238963833°W / 34.268891000; -118.238963833Coordinates: 34°16′8.0076″N 118°14′20.2698″W / 34.268891000°N 118.238963833°W / 34.268891000; -118.238963833[1]
Topo mapUSGS Condor Peak
Geology
TypeSummit
Climbing
Easiest routeHike from Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale[2][3]

Mount Lukens is a mountain located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California in the United States.[4] Located in the northeast corner of the city of Los Angeles, the summit is the highest elevation within the city's limits.[5] The peak reaches a height of 5,066 ft (1,544 m) feet above sea level making Los Angeles the city with the highest and lowest elevation (sea level) difference in the country.[6] Because of its location, prominence and closeness to Los Angeles, the summit is dotted with television, radio and cellular transmission towers.[4] The mountain is within the boundaries of Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County.

Name origin[edit]

The mountain was named after Theodore Lukens, a former supervisor of the Angeles National Forest and later, the mayor of Pasadena, California.[7] Previously, the mountain was officially called Sister Elsie Peak, named after a Catholic nun who allegedly died while caring for the sick during a smallpox epidemic. On the USFS map of 1925, the mountain was renamed as Mount Lukens subtitled with Sister Elsie Peak.[8][9]

2009 California wildfires[edit]

Mount Lukens is in an area that was affected by the wildfires of 2009 known as the Station Fire, the largest blaze in the history of Los Angeles County.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mount Lukens". USGS Geographic Names Information System. Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
  2. ^ "Mount Lukens". Sierra Club Angeles Chapter. Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
  3. ^ "Mount Lukens Summit - California Mountain Peak Information". MountainZone.com.
  4. ^ a b "Mount Lukens". Peakery.com.
  5. ^ Mount Lukens on Local Hikes.com
  6. ^ "Elevations of the 50 Largest Cities (by population, 1980 Census)". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
  7. ^ "Mount Lukens: Stone Canyon Trail". Trails.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
  8. ^ johnm (2010-10-05). "Mount Lukens". SummitPost.org. Retrieved on 2011-09-15.
  9. ^ "Summit Signatures - Mount Lukens". Sierra Club Angeles Chapter. Retrieved on 2011-09-14.
  10. ^ Station Fire - Wild Poppys Growing on Mount Lukens Rd

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