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jdmorehouseDay Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013


I left the TH at 6:14 a.m. and was on the summit in just over five hours. I took the Old Army Pass route, and it was incredibly scenic going through the Cottonwood Lakes area. Old Army Pass was in reasonably good shape, and only had two patches of snow blocking the trail, but were easily crossed. I went up more to the right of the summit block, ending up gaining around 500' or so climbing through the boulders. Much smoke in the Owens Valley from some wildfire burning in SoCal. On my way back down, the lakes area was mushrooming with back packers and presumably, back packing fishermen. Trout season opens tomorrow (July 1), which might explain the surge in visitors.
Posted Jun 30, 2013 7:04 pm

royandersonFall from Cottonwood Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2011


I have a trip report on this
Posted Mar 9, 2013 1:50 pm

MiguelVieiraLoop with Cirque Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


Hiked via Old Army Pass from camp at Cottonwood Lake 4. Went on to climb Cirque Peak afterward.
Posted Nov 14, 2012 12:08 am

FairweatherDay hike via Old Army  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012


First time out of the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. Nice gradual approach made for a fun day. Much easier day than Whitney.
Posted Oct 27, 2012 1:32 am

MValentineAnother 14er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012


Did a day hike and took the Old Army Pass route. We started out pretty late in the morning so we had to make pretty good time. When we resting up at the peak a glider buzzed the peak and was dangerously close to hitting it (was within about 8 feet or so). We had to hike back in the dark for an hour or so with my headlamp, but all made for an exciting day.
Posted Oct 1, 2012 1:18 pm

dmusil1st 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2012


Awesome climb. Started at daybreak at the cottonwood lakes trailhead. finished within 11.5 hrs. partner got altitude sickness at old army pass and had to turn back. finished it on my own. amazing up there!
Posted Sep 20, 2012 4:16 am

pdx2laxLong day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012
Last year when we tried Langley we got turned back by weather, not this time around! However, it did get a little dicey, Lenticular cloud in the AM, some dark clouds later in the day when we were on the Summit, but no precip and no thunder. Got up on Friday and spent the night at Horseshoe to acclimate then started early Sat morning (4:30). Went up NAP, but were surprised by the alt difference between NAP and OAP so decided to descend via OAP. No snow on OAP so it was safe but there are parts where if you fell (or slipped on snow) you'd be KIA. Took our time getting down, got back to LA around 2 AM.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 4:01 pm

muajeevia Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


Was having my freaking period but I made it anyways. Did Cirque Pk the day before.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 3:38 am

HaddadbFirst 14er
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012


It was a great first 14er. Beautiful camping spot in Cottonwood to spend a night acclimatizing. Definitely recommend an early start on Old Army Pass to get to the ridge for sunrise.
Posted Sep 10, 2012 2:39 pm

labglovesBoth army passes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012


Long dayhike with JQ (her first 14er). Up new army, down old army - very nice day overall.
Posted Sep 4, 2012 12:23 am

joshvulichArmy Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2012


Army Pass is much better than New Army Pass. Over 300 feet you don't have to climb each direction.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 1:12 am

JoeKArmy Pass slog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2012


Quite the loose sandy slog above Army Pass. Pretty easy to find good route towards left of rock band below summit. A lot harder to find the route below Army Pass in early morning darkness :)
Posted Aug 3, 2012 2:51 pm

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


started from Cottonwood Lakes #2 at 5:45am. Got to the summit at 8:55am. I did not have enough food and had to borrow one energy bar from the couple (from San Diego) I met on the summit. Thanks!
Posted Jul 29, 2012 7:53 pm

davenosePerfect weather on OAP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012


Great campsite on the far side of Cottonwood Lake #4, just before Old Army Pass. Perfect weather; practically no wind/clouds. I talked to 2 parties who had tried climbing the day before, but were turned back by high winds & hail. You never know in the Sierras!
Posted Jul 18, 2012 11:19 am

Peter50Langely lakes
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2012
Camped at the trailhead, no mosquitos yet. Hiked into the lakes and walked around with my 14 year old son. Made a few cast and caught a fish and let it go. We had a great time and a great hike. Both of the army passes are clear of snow, it looks like it is clear to the summmit. I plan on returning in July. I is a beautiful place, maybe I'll try to summit it next time, the lakes were just too much fun this time around. Not too many people around yet.
Posted Jun 25, 2012 2:55 am

rocketsredglareSecond time, last time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012


I checked summit but only got to the summit ridge. Didn't walk over to the actual summit because I was over it by the time I got up.
I did this peak a few years ago with my buddy and hit the actual summit but this time so much GD scree and sand it was a BITCH! Storm rolling in from the west as well and just all around wanted to split.
Great day hike though and great workout! Crossed a snow field at the top of Army pass skiing down the sand and scree from the summit was fun and ran out the last 5 miles. Go do it for the workout but it won't be fun going up after Army Pass...and I'm sure Ill go back to relieve my conscious from not actually summitting :)
Posted Jun 18, 2012 12:45 pm

norco17first 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2012


third try at this peak very little snow this year. ax recommended for new army for probably another week or two after that should be clear to the top
Posted May 22, 2012 10:16 pm

orbitorVia Old Army Pass from Cottonwood Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010


Overnight backpacking trip at end of September. Enjoyed absolutely perfect weather for that time of the year in the High Sierra. Impressive views from summit.
Posted Apr 10, 2012 12:54 pm

krrt2000Old Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 1995


With Duane, good hike
Posted Feb 26, 2012 8:16 pm

Luke SwansonSnow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2011

Luke Swanson

There was still snow covering a lot of the route. Went up old army pass, which was completely snow covered and the hardest part. We followed where the trail would have been, on the south side. the snow was really soft on the way down, so we went down new army pass instead. Although it took a while, we found a good route down the rocks. A great 14er.
Posted Nov 7, 2011 10:42 pm

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