Mount Lukens

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Mount Lukens
Sister Elsie Peak
Mt. Lukens overlooking La Crescenta-Montrose.jpg
Mt. Lukens overlooking La Crescenta-Montrose
Highest point
Elevation5,075 ft (1,547 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence1,794 ft (547 m) [3]
ListingHundred Peaks Section[1]
Coordinates34°16′08″N 118°14′20″W / 34.269000714°N 118.238990497°W / 34.269000714; -118.238990497Coordinates: 34°16′08″N 118°14′20″W / 34.269000714°N 118.238990497°W / 34.269000714; -118.238990497[2]
Mount Lukens is located in California
Mount Lukens
Mount Lukens
Location in California
Mount Lukens is located in the US
Mount Lukens
Mount Lukens
Mount Lukens (the US)
LocationSunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles,
Los Angeles County,
California, U.S.
Parent rangeSan Gabriel Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Condor Peak
Easiest routeHike from Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Crescenta Highlands, Glendale[1]

Mount Lukens is a mountain peak of the San Gabriel Mountains, in Los Angeles County, Southern California.[4]


It is in the Sunland-Tujunga community within the northeast corner of the city of Los Angeles, above the Crescenta Valley. The summit, at 5,075 feet (1,547 m) in elevation, is the highest point within the city limits.[5] The summit's elevation makes Los Angeles the largest city with the highest and lowest (sea level) elevation difference in the country.[6]

Because of its location, prominence, and proximity to Los Angeles, the summit is dotted with television, radio, and cellular transmission towers.[7] The mountain is also within the boundaries of the Angeles National Forest and 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.[8] 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.[9] The identity of Sister Elsie (also referred to as Sister Else) is not certain and the stories surrounding her have not been verified.[10]

2009 Station Fire[edit]

Mount Lukens is in an area that was impacted by the 2009 Station Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, the largest wildfire in the history of Los Angeles County.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Lukens". Hundred Peaks Section List. Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  2. ^ a b "Sister Elsie". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  3. ^ "Mount Lukens, California". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  4. ^ "Mount Lukens". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  5. ^ "Mount Lukens". Local Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  6. ^ "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-03-05. Note: Juneau, AK has a greater range.
  7. ^ "Mount Lukens". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  8. ^ Derby, George (1891-). The National cyclopaedia of American biography (ebook). 18. New York: J.T. White & Co. p. 282. OCLC 844617289. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  9. ^ "Mount Lukens". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  10. ^ "Summit Signatures: Mount Lukens". Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  11. ^ "Station fire's effects still smolder". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved 2014-03-05.