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Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Mescalito345 » Tue May 03, 2011 2:27 am

A group of us from Las Vegas are planning to attempt Mt. Langley on May 14-15. We'll bring along ice axes and crampons, and possibly some additional gear. Has anyone taken any photos of New Army Pass, Old Army Pass, or Winter Pass lately?

In June 2010, we camped near Cottonwood Lake #4. Then on the second day, we ascended the steep snow chute leading to Old Army Pass. We left our crampons at the pass and headed for the summit. We did bring along ice axes for crossing some snowfields near the peak.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby lcarreau » Tue May 03, 2011 2:42 am

Don't listen to me, as I'm from the neighboring state of AZ.

But ... my reliable sources tell me there's more snow in the Sierra (this year) than you can shake an ice axe at.

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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Clark_Griswold » Tue May 03, 2011 2:52 am

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/snowap ... art.action

Useful for all Sierra locations, and you can view the cottonwood lakes link here:
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/PAGE6

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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Mescalito345 » Wed May 04, 2011 3:15 am

Looks like we'll have to bring along snowshoes this year. In June 2010, we didn't need snowshoes, although we did use ice axes and crampons on the snow chute up to Old Army Pass.

Has anyone been on Horseshoe Meadows Road recently? I'm hoping that we can drive to within a couple of miles of the trailhead.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Princess Buttercup » Wed May 04, 2011 3:32 am

I have a patient in LP tomorrow. I'll check on the gate status, or you could call the IAVC in LP. (760)876-6222
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Mescalito345 » Wed May 04, 2011 3:59 am

Thanks, MooseTracks. It took me a few seconds to figure out what IAVC is, but I have stopped by there several times over the last 15 years. I'll try calling them within the next few days.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Princess Buttercup » Thu May 05, 2011 1:59 am

Well, as of this evening, the gate is still locked at the bottom of the hill. Lots of sand has washed over the road and the cleanup has begun. Lots of lupine and Indian paintbrush, and be careful of the "sticks" on the sides of the road...

(OK, it was less than 12" long but it was my first rattler sighting of the year and I still jumped over Owens Lake... :o :o :shock: ... :? )

Whitney Portal Road is open clear to the top, though. I'll double check with Doug tonight to see if The Store is open yet. Mmm... Moose Burger... nom nom nom nom...
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby drpw » Thu May 05, 2011 7:16 am

Went up Tuttle creek last weekend. Snow started at about 9'000, firm in the morning and mashed potatoes in the afternoon.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Mescalito345 » Fri May 06, 2011 1:58 am

Thanks for the updates. I've started looking at backup plans, in case the road is still closed on May 13. There's a topic on this forum called "Eastside road conditions" which I've been checking once in a while.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Mescalito345 » Sat May 07, 2011 7:51 pm

On Friday, I called the Inyo County Road Department, and they told me that it's unlikely that Horseshoe Meadows Road will be open by May 13. I've heard that the roads to Glacier Lodge and Onion Valley are open. Can anyone recommend a good two-day snow climb in those areas? Maybe Kearsarge Peak?

We have a group of ten hikers. About half of the group has significant experience (Rainier, Shasta, winter Whitney, etc.). The other half are strong hikers, but haven't done any major snow climbs.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Bascuela » Fri May 20, 2011 1:24 am

Mescalito345 wrote:A group of us from Las Vegas are planning to attempt Mt. Langley on May 14-15. We'll bring along ice axes and crampons, and possibly some additional gear. Has anyone taken any photos of New Army Pass, Old Army Pass, or Winter Pass lately?

In June 2010, we camped near Cottonwood Lake #4. Then on the second day, we ascended the steep snow chute leading to Old Army Pass. We left our crampons at the pass and headed for the summit. We did bring along ice axes for crossing some snowfields near the peak.



Just wondering if you went? I'm not heading up till mid June, none the less still curious of new army pass snow amount. Called Inyo NF today, said road to horseshow meadow is open.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby butitsadryheat » Fri May 20, 2011 9:11 am

Bascuela wrote:
Mescalito345 wrote:A group of us from Las Vegas are planning to attempt Mt. Langley on May 14-15. We'll bring along ice axes and crampons, and possibly some additional gear. Has anyone taken any photos of New Army Pass, Old Army Pass, or Winter Pass lately?

In June 2010, we camped near Cottonwood Lake #4. Then on the second day, we ascended the steep snow chute leading to Old Army Pass. We left our crampons at the pass and headed for the summit. We did bring along ice axes for crossing some snowfields near the peak.



Just wondering if you went? I'm not heading up till mid June, none the less still curious of new army pass snow amount. Called Inyo NF today, said road to horseshow meadow is open.


Me too. Did you make Horseshoe or did you go to one of the others? Curious about Kearsarge Pass, Gould, etc.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Mescalito345 » Mon May 23, 2011 3:36 pm

Horseshoe Meadows Road was still closed on May 13, so our group headed for Little Lakes Valley (near Mammoth Lakes) instead. I didn't go on the trip, but here's a link to some photos that my friends took:

http://www.meetup.com/LasVegasMountaineersClub/photos/1488371/
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby yosemiteforlife67 » Sun May 29, 2011 10:30 am

Hello , i just would like some possible predictions for that area(cottonwood lakes trailhead) heading up over new army pass, mt langley, and on over guyot pass and up to trail crest..since i have a back pack trip planned for July 22-27 to Mt Whitney. I have been following summit post since january on this trip i have planned, due to the heavy snowfall this year. Any possible info on this..or is it still too soon?? Anything on this would be great, thanks.
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Re: Snow conditions above Cottonwood Lakes

Postby Bascuela » Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:04 pm

Now that summer has a arrived, anyone been up the cottonwood lakes trail to New Army Pass? Takeing a wild guess... Still pretty solid snow cover? Have plans to take my wife up to Langley next weekend but more than likely going to pass unless someone posts otherwise. It would be great to here if the trail is melted out.
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