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charitydominicMy Favorite So Far  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014


Second visit to this awesome peak. First visit was from Cirque Lake, from which the scramble is a bit closer to 3rd class here and there, but on the finest, most consistent talus I've see in the Sierras. This time, started at Checkin Spring Lake and its just a hike really until the last bit. Not as elegant or scenic, but so much easier! Trail to Checkin reminded me of hikes out of Idyllwild. Will happily do this one again and again.
Posted Oct 30, 2014 6:41 pm

DalianBeautiful Day with Friends!  Sucess!


Mike, Brooke and I went to the top of this mountain via Cottonwood Lakes. We were telling the stories of our lives while going up and down so I don't remember too much of that hike except for the sunshine and snow. There was still snow left on the top of the mountain. Beautiful view of the Sierras from the summit!
Posted Oct 9, 2014 8:24 pm

bechttFrom New Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2014


Easy sidetrip last day of a backpacking trip to the Rock Creek area. Summited with Shannon Pallone and Wes Tanner. Spooked some bighorn sheep on the way back to the pass.
Posted Sep 3, 2014 8:32 pm

labglovesDay 8 2014 SC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2014


I felt like cruising on a nice trail vs the cross country planned for the day, so I changed plans and hiked cirque from the PCT.
Posted Aug 25, 2014 8:27 pm

SkyPilot84Dayhike from Horseshoe Meadows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014


Up via Cottonwood lakes and back via the old South Fork Trail.
Posted Jun 20, 2014 1:31 am

irrationalistAn awesome first outing into high altitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2013


I had long started at this peak while at the Cottonwood Lakes and just had to climb it. Took my buddy from San Diego up with me. We both had a good time, but I got to saw my first case of altitude sickness. My poor buddy was ill all the way back to the valley.
Posted Jan 31, 2014 11:06 am

RaymondShevskyLeg-stretcher  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013


Started from Horseshoe Meadows trailhead by moonlight, booked it up New Army Pass and picked my way over to the summit before the weather rolled in...good thing I brought my poncho for those last few, rain-drenched miles!
Posted Dec 19, 2013 2:26 pm

mrchad9Siberian Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2013


Spent the night at Big Whitney Meadow after doing a long loop during a three day trip to Muah, Cartago, Kern Peak, and Cirque. Got some unexpected snow overnight which melted off by about noon. Easy trek up to Siberian Pass (except for losing the faint trail several times) and then down via Cottonwood Pass.
Posted Sep 25, 2013 6:44 pm

mjp20kVia New Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2013


Did the Cirque Peak Traverse and added Peak 11,620' from Cottonwood Pass.
Posted Sep 9, 2013 1:48 pm

bscottnice peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2013


via new army pass
Posted Sep 8, 2013 2:34 pm

slagerjoncirque  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2013


Fun. Mild dayhike from horseshoe. Bagged trailmaster prior to.
Posted Sep 1, 2013 12:11 am

jdmorehouseEast Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013


I started off with a small group from Horseshoe Meadows and hiked up to Mount Langley. On the way back, I broke off at Old Army Pass and headed up to Cirque. The route out there is straight forward, but very rocky. Upon reaching the summit I saw that the registers went back to 1989, but were in poor shape, so I didn't spend time reading them, not wanting them to fall apart. I dropped down off the east face and encountered plenty of steep, loose, avalanche prone scree, and fortunately, plenty of class 3 rock to hang onto while working my way down about 1200' to the moraine below. Once past the moraine, the going was easy. Beautiful meadows, streams, and ancient trees. I followed the South Fork of Cottonwood Creek and eventually ended up on the main trail out of Horseshoe Meadows, about a mile from the parking lot. The distance came out about the same as an out and back to Langley, but with an additional gain of over another 1000'.
Posted Aug 4, 2013 7:29 pm

Vic Hanson2 of 2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2013

Vic Hanson

Started from Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead about 10:30, hiked up via New Army Pass, went too far to the left on the scramble up the rocks so had to traverse almost the whole summit plateau, took a more direct route down and then climbed Cirque Peak. Got to the summit there about 7:00 pm and then dropped down to the PCT to camp by an unfortunately dry lake. After hiking some on the PCT, camped at Chicken Spring Lake the 2nd night, very delightful!
Posted Jul 7, 2013 8:25 pm

dgrutherfordS/W Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2012


Part of a 3 day backpacking trip. EPIC!
Posted Apr 17, 2013 4:47 pm

MiguelVieiraFrom Langley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


Hiked here from Langley, then down New Army Pass in a thundershower.
Posted Nov 15, 2012 1:05 am

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

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