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ScottWhitneyBoundMade it on my second attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014


I tried to do this in June as a solo day hike, but route-finding caused some delays along with much snow on Old Army Pass, requiring me to ascend and descend the much longer New Army Pass. So I turned around at 13,200 ft and made it back to the trailhead before dark after hiking 23 miles in 12 hours.

This time I brought a buddy along and we camped the night before and after summiting at High Lake. Since it was a weekend this time, there were plenty of other people there to help us find our way to the top. We ascended New Army and descended Old Army, with a short detour near the top around an avalanche. We had good weather until the night after summiting, when it rained much of the night, and the following morning we hiked to the trailhead in rain, hail, and lightning much of the way.
Posted Aug 10, 2014 12:07 pm

caysedaveNew Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014


Great Sierra weather! First time to Cottonwood Lakes.
Posted Aug 4, 2014 3:10 pm

colinrEasy dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2014


This time I had already spent much time from 9,000-14,000 feet the two weeks prior to the hike. Via Old Army from the equestrian parking lot, I did the whole dayhike with several photo stops, food breaks, and water breaks in under ten hours. Five hours to gain the summit from the parking lot after four hours from O.A. Pass to summit my last time up. What a difference! Still, not one of my favorites. Too stark and dry. Did see a bighorn standing atop Old Army as I made way up the pass.
Posted Jul 25, 2014 6:20 pm

Diesel5th 14ner  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014


Day hike. My GPS said 21 miles. Up Old Army Pass. A bit of snow at the top of Pass, pretty icy. Hit the summit of Langley in 4.5 hours from parking lot. Down New Army Pass which is longer than OAP. Roundtrip 11 hours. Very windy on top. I'd recommend Old Army since more direct.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 11:08 pm

JkastnerFirst 14er, Via Old Army  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014
Very awesome hike. Spent one night at Horseshoe Meadows campground, and then one night at Cottonwood Lake #3. Hiked up Old Army the following morning. Had a 30 ft section of snow that had to be navigated just before the top of the pass. A little hairy to say the least but we made it and it was smooth sailing to the summit. We then double timed it back down to lake 3, packed up camp and hiked back to Horseshoe Meadows.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 11:11 am

braindancerExcellent hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2013


Did this as a day-hike. It is long and strenuous (22 miles round-trip) but I found it quite enjoyable.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 11:58 pm

hightineraryRe: Bear In Meadow at Mt Langely/Chcken Springs Bog


I've been on the Cottonwood Pass Trail many times. I never saw a bear, though. Lucky you!
Posted Jul 3, 2014 4:41 pm

el_coyoteFirst 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014


Did this last weekend over three days (spent 2 nights up at long lake)via New Army Pass for my first 14er. Beautiful scenery on the way up and awesome views.
Posted Jul 3, 2014 11:41 am

Peter50Bear In Meadow at Mt Langely/Chcken Springs Bog
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014
We went up to Chicken Springs Lake, I wish I had some pictures of the bear but it was way out in the field. I am sure that bear is still in the area, last year we hiked the same route and saw a bear behind a bush about an hour into the hike, it ran into the same meadow, perhaps 1/2 mile above the meadow spot we saw the bear at this time, it was proably the same bear. Do you kow this trail, the meadow/bog folllows the trail almost to the crest where the trail splits in two.
Posted Jul 3, 2014 10:11 am

hightineraryRe: Bears at Mt Langely Meadow


"Caterine Lake?" Near Mt. Langley?
Posted Jul 3, 2014 8:01 am

Peter50Bears at Mt Langely Meadow
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2014
I was hiking the cottonwood trail and to the left is a large meadow. About ten minutes into the hke I saw a giant mother bear with two large cubs in the meadow eating and playing. I hiked to caterine lake and returned 5 hours later and the bear was still there, it was an awesome sight. Has anyone esle seen this bear?
Posted Jul 3, 2014 5:13 am

DukeJHHot Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2014


2nd of my 2014 California 14ers. It was a hot day. Ascended New Army Pass. Met a dad and son near the summit and descended Old Army Pass with them. A large snowfield choked the top of Army Pass but it was passable if you were very careful.
Posted Jun 30, 2014 9:50 am

ROSENCLIMBERRe: Another Successful Summit!


Do you know where/how she fell? The standard route is pretty easy... Was she rock climbing?
Posted May 11, 2014 3:39 pm

ROSENCLIMBERCamped at 12,000+  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2011


See my trip report, "Langley High Camp".
Really enjoyed camping above timberline. No mosquitoes, expansive views, beautiful night sky - couldn't ask for more.
Posted May 11, 2014 3:36 pm

irrationalistAstounding Beautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2013


Its always a treat when the route to the peak is just as beautiful as the views from the summit. Did this as a solo day trip. A tiring trip to Old Army Pass. Old Army was clear and snow free. However, by the time I got to the top is was all cloudy and muggy preventing any real photos from being taken. Mt. Whitney was large and in charge from here.
Posted Jan 31, 2014 11:42 am

Ted BauerSolo Climb  Sucess!

Ted Bauer

Tried this mountain two other times, but both times others in the party caused us to turn around. This time I just did it myself. A lot of scree at the top, and not really any true trail near the summit.

The lakes on the Army Pass route have to be some of the most beautiful in the world. I kept expecting to find Grizzle Adam's cabin.
Posted Dec 3, 2013 7:23 pm

Lenny72Another Successful Summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009


An easy ascent but one of the best views from the summit of any mountain I have ever climbed in the United States. Also got a nice, freezing swim in one of the lakes and bitten on the eyelid by a mosquito in the middle of the night, swelling it shut. Unfortunately, I also saw a woman who had fallen to her death on my way up and saw her wrapped in a space blanket awaiting removal of her body from the mountain.
Posted Nov 18, 2013 4:58 am

PastorronBeautiful and Strange  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012


We day hiked Whitney the day before so we were really sore. Backpacked into the Cottonwood Lakes and spent night. Went up via Old Army Pass. No problem with route. Scramble to the top was fun. Very strange route. Loved soaking my feet in the freezing lakes after.
Posted Oct 6, 2013 12:54 am

haha1First 14er
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2011
We had just finished a thru hike of the JMT from Tuolumne Meadows to Devils Postpile, plus a hike to Cloudripper. Was very much conditioned to the altitude so didn't have issues with altitude sickness this time around - unlike the previous attempt the year before.
Posted Sep 17, 2013 11:35 pm

dakineSummer dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2013
Long dayhike on a beautiful summer day. No wind, no clouds. Army pass looked impossible from the lake, but yes there is a trail. One spot had snow and we had to step below to get around. Amazing views from the top. Started at 7:00 a.m., finished 13 hours later. This was my second 14er.
Posted Sep 17, 2013 4:42 pm

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