Past Meetup

Mount Lukens - Highest Point in LA

Hosted by US Hiking

Public group

This Meetup is past

24 people went

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Organizer: Patrick

Location: La Crescenta, CA

Hike Difficulty: Level 7/10

Distance: 9.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft

Time: 4.0 hrs

Trail condition: Single track and fire road.

Water: Minimum 3 liters

Guest: No

Dog: No

Toilette: At the trailhead


What to bring: Food and drinks to eat and share, energy bar, snacks, water and the usual stuff.

Parking: Parking lot

Trailhead address: 3429 Markridge Road, La Crescenta 91214

Trailhead coordinates:[masked]° N,[masked]° W


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Mt. Lukens Trail is off the 2 (Angeles Crest) Highway in the Angeles Nat'l Forest, about 3 miles up from the 210 offramp of "Angeles Crest Highway." There is a small parking lot off to the left side, next to a ranger station. Park here, and head in a westerly direction up the fireroad.

Trail Description:

The trail makes a loop from Deukmejian Wilderness Park, ascending via the Crescenta View Trail and descending via the Rim of the Valley Trail. The views on both legs of the hike are great, and with good visibility, expect to see Old Saddleback, Catalina Island, Santa Barbara Island, the entire Santa Monica range and more. The antennas on the top of mountain marks the summit of Mount Lukens. Adventure pass is not required to park your vehicle in the parking lot of DWP.


Venue Overview:

Mount Lukens is the highest point of elevation within L.A.’s city limits. The views on the summit are spectacular, despite the presence of the unsightly radio towers. This trail gains over 3k feet of elevation in just under 4 miles; a strenuous trip that makes this an excellent training hike for taller peaks.

Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events. _____________________________________________________ Warning:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

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