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orbitorFrom New Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2012


Incredibly clear day with incredible views. Good trail to New Army Pass, then easy traverse along the crest to summit. Short scramble for last 300'. Descended to PCT and looped back to Horseshoe Meadows via Cottonwood Pass.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 1:47 pm

ScrambledLeggsPCT Ascent  Sucess!


I climbed Cirque during my 2012 thru hike.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 6:26 pm

muajeevia East Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010


A fun scramble from East Slope and descended via New Army Pass.

Posted Sep 17, 2012 3:34 am

joshvulichFrom South East slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2012


Impromptu climb up the south east while exploring the Cirque Lake area.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 1:15 am

mengboFrom Cottonwood Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012


July 27, 2012: Trailhead -> Cottonwood Lakes
July 28, 2012: Cottonwood Lakes -> Old Army Pass -> Mt Langley -> Cirque Peak -> Cottonwood Lakes (pack out) -> Trailhead
Posted Jul 29, 2012 7:58 pm

krrt2000SW Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2007


With Jim, Scott and Mike, nice trip
Posted Feb 27, 2012 12:25 am

hightineraryOld Favorite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2011


An old favorite. I have climbed it many times, sometimes from New Army Pass, sometimes from Cottonwood Pass. I like to combine it with other peaks along the ridge. The summit is very comfortable and provides spectacular views.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 4:26 pm

GigaMikeNorth Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010


Hiked Cirque via the North Slope from Horseshoe Meadows with my friends Hudie and Brooke.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 2:35 am

onramp36East Face from Long Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2009
Backpacked to Long Lake, stashed packs, then scrambled up the East Face.
Posted Oct 5, 2010 2:27 pm

DanSDChange in Plan  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


Carrying a 50 pound pack up this hill from Chicken Spring Lake, on what was supposed to be a 4 day trip taught me how quickly I can get out of shape. Looking up at Langley, across New Army Pass, then down at High Lake, the nearest source of water, I knew it was time to bail.

I'll be back.
Posted Sep 29, 2010 10:28 pm

tarolNice Peak
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2010


Went up via Old Army and came down via New Army. I stopped just shy of the summit - was feeling the altitude! Friends Greg and Albert made it all the way to the top. Loved the views from up here - outstanding.
Posted Sep 27, 2010 11:00 pm

Dave DalyNE Ridge First Recorded Ascent?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

Dave Daly

Deb and I took a day off from our FA pursuits and decided to stroll out to Cirque Peak from Golden Trout Camp area. We were going to scramble up the north slope but the sight of the ridge coming down the NE side looked enticing. Deb mentioned to me that she had seen nothing about it in Secor's book (only the East Ridge and the standard New Army Pass way). We left the trail between Long Lake and High Lake and set out sights on a subtle ramp-like weakness that headed SW and up to the ridgeline itself. Once on the ridge, we followed mainly the left side of the ridge, skirting mid height on most of the towers and genedarmes encountered (mostly 4th class with a few low 5th class spots in between). Mid way up the southern side of the ridge, we moved into a steep recess, again, encountering exciting exposed 4th/5th class climbing on steep cracks and knobs. The ridge backed off to 3rd class and eventually gained the upper part of the north slope and bending slightly south to the summit. I've checked the archives of the SPS TR's, Bob Burd's TR's and the recent edition of Secor's High Sierra guidebook. Nothing. We even looked for signs of passage and found nothing (ie ducks, cairns, bail gear, etc). Perhaps its been done but never recorded. And I supposed that could be said for alot of other ridges and such. We'll call it an FA unless someone can otherwise prove its been done before. See photos for the Cirque Peak page.
Posted Sep 8, 2010 11:51 pm

ScottHansonfrom Cottonwood Pass and PCT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


Did Cirque on ninth day of SC2010. My sixth SPS peak in 2010.
Posted Aug 20, 2010 11:41 am

CWesselsNorth Slope/Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2010


Totally worth it if you're headed to Langley and have extra time. Lots of (big) loose stuff on the way up, but it's still fun. You can find class 3 sections if you look for them...more if you stick to the edge of the ridge.
Posted Aug 14, 2010 11:28 pm

cp0915Cirque Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2010


With DB.
Posted Jul 15, 2010 10:31 am

Princess ButtercupAcclimatization Weekend  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007

Princess Buttercup

Packed into the South Fork Lakes, then headed up the north face.
Posted Nov 30, 2009 9:48 pm

julleeAlmost made it
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2009
After summiting Langley we wanted to bag Cirque Peak too. It wasn't a hard traverse but the clouds rolled in and the sun started setting. Saving this for another day.
Posted Nov 5, 2009 6:47 pm

cabClimbed with Langley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009


Made the long walk over after summiting Langley. Kind of fun to do a peak that is usually ignored. Didn't see anybody after leaving the top of New Army Pass.
Posted Aug 31, 2009 11:06 am

KVHikerThe Four 12r's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2009


After descending from Trailmaster we traversed around Peak 12417 & Peak 12525. There was a lot of sand, scree, and boulder scrambling for 1.50 miles to the summit of Cirque Peak with an elevation gain was 900’. The views were majestic, and some of the landmarks are: the Cottonwood Lakes, Trail Peak, Muah Mountain, Olancha Peak, Wonoga Peak, Woolly Back, Owens Point, Muir Lake, Whitney Meadow, Mount Langley, Joe Devil Peak, Mount Pickering, The Western Divide, Mineral King, Mount Newcomb, Mount McAdie, The Great Western Divide, The Miter, Mount Muir, Mount Russell, Mount Whitney, and many more.

Posted Aug 13, 2009 7:15 pm

dabendscheinEast face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009


Hiked to Long Lake, set up camp, bagged Cirque via east face. Good way to go if you get a late start. Class 2 and 3 all the way up, a fun climb. Did Langley following day.
Posted Jul 7, 2009 5:37 pm

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