|Sister Elsie Peak|
Mt. Lukens overlooking La Crescenta-Montrose
|Elevation||5,075 ft (1,547 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||1,794 ft (547 m)|
|Listing||Hundred Peaks Section|
|Location||Los Angeles County, California, U.S.|
|Range||San Gabriel Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS Condor Peak|
|Easiest route||Hike from Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale|
Mount Lukens is a mountain located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California in the United States. Standing in the northeast corner of the city of Los Angeles, the summit is the highest elevation within the city's limits. The summit reaches an elevation of 5,075 feet (1,547 m) making Los Angeles the large city with the highest and lowest (sea level) elevation difference in the country. Because of its location, prominence and proximity to Los Angeles, the summit is dotted with television, radio and cellular transmission towers. The mountain is within the boundaries of Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County.
The mountain was named after Theodore Lukens, a former supervisor of the Angeles National Forest and later, the mayor of Pasadena, California. Previously, the mountain was known as Sister Elsie Peak. It has been said that she was a Catholic nun who died while caring for the sick during a smallpox epidemic. On the USFS map of 1925, the mountain was shown as Mount Lukens and subtitled Sister Elsie Peak. The identity of Sister Elsie (also referred to as Sister Else) is not certain and the stories surrounding her have not been verified.
2009 California wildfires
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