Ascent of Mount Lukens on 2018-02-23

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Friday, February 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lukens
    Elevation:5074 ft / 1546 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was down from Box Spring Mountain about 1 PM, and braved the Friday afternoon traffic over to the Mt. Lukens TH where I arrived at about 2:50. Several signs warned about the gates closing 1 hour after sunset, and a quick check of the Peakbagger App told me that sunset on Mt. Lukens was 5:46 PM. Now worried about getting down in time, (especially if I was descending in darkness which would slow me down), I kept up a bit of an uncomfortable pace which I would pay for the next day with very sore knees.

I followed the Rim of the Valley trail on the way up, and it was nicely graded, easy to follow. I summitted at 4:50 in a biting cold wind, enjoyed the views to LA and the surrounding peaks for a moment, and started down towards the Cresenta View Trail. This was a bit steeper and rockier, but I still made it down by 6:20, and just barely avoided needing my headlamp. I was met by the guy waiting to close the gate, I was the last car in the lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3071 ft / 936 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3071 ft / 936 m
    Distance:10.2 mi / 16.5 km
    Start Trailhead:2003 ft / 610 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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