Hike the Teepee Trail (La Cañada Flintridge)
|In This Guide|
|Total Distance (?)||5.4 miles (8.7 km)|
|Hike Time||2-2:30 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||1,100 feet (335m)|
|Highest Elevation||3,260 feet (994m)|
|Fees & Permits||Free|
|Alerts & Closures (?)||Angeles National Forest|
The Teepee Trail is a great hike, but probably not for the reason that you think. Yea, the teepee is cool to visit and great to take photos with, but the climb up to the teepee offers some of the best views into the western peaks of Angeles National Forest that you’ll ever see. The hike takes the Mt Lukens Truck Trail up to the teepee, which is uphill, but expertly folded onto the land with switchbacks to make the gradient doable. Overall it’s a fun little hike in the foothills of Angeles National Forest.
Where is the Teepee Trail?
There are a couple of routes to the Teepee, and in this guide I’ll show you the most popular (and easiest) route from Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2), which starts across the road from the Angeles Crest Fire Station. Use this address: USFS Angeles Station 11 – Angeles Crest, 5898 CA-2, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
You do not need a parking pass here. There are no facilities or toilets.
Gear For the Hike
This is not a technical hike, but it is uphill and all exposed.
- Fitness clothes or light hiking gear works well here.
- You’ll want sun protection and at least 1L of water.
- There are bee hives to pass, so if you are allergic, bring whatever you need to deal with a sting. That said, I’ve never seen any big swarms of bees, just a few here and there, as you would in any suburban park.
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Teepee Trail Maps
So there isn’t actually a “Teepee Trail,” you hike up the (dirt and closed to the public) Mt Lukens Truck Trail. While the road might not be a pristine single-track trail, it does offer incredible views of the mountains around every turn, so focus on that.
The hike starts in Angeles National Forest, but then enters land owned by Pasadena, and then private property (more later).
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How Are You Going to Navigate This Hike?
If you are a hardcore hiker and/or hike in extreme conditions, I recommend getting a dedicated GPS like a GPSMAP 66sr or 66i, or a wrist-based GPS with maps like the Garmin Fenix 6. If you only hike in fair weather and a touchscreen is fine, or just want a solid tool, I highly recommend downloading the smartphone app, Gaia GPS. It’s a piece of cake to use and very powerful, just make sure your phone is in airplane mode so the battery doesn’t drain. You can also check for wildfires, weather, snow, and choose from dozens of map types with a premium membership (HikingGuy readers get a big discount here). Note that I also carry a paper map with me in case the phone dies or gets smashed.
Teepee Trail Hike Directions
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Turn by Turn Directions
There can occasionally be trucks on this road, driving up to service one of the many antennae on the summit of Mt Lukens.
After the gate, you are entering private property. The owners of this land built the teepee and allow hikers to RESPECTFULLY visit. Please keep this in mind as you hike here.
Where’s the canvas on the teepee? When there is fire danger, the owners take the canvas off.
The teepee is private property, build by the landowners. Please be respectful here. Don’t hang on it, mark it, or do anything to it.
Once you’re done at the teepee, just hike back the way you came.
This guide last updated on August 25, 2021. Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.
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