Views of the lakes and peaks in this dry country are outstanding. Crowds during Labor Day weekend, however, were outrageous. The heat made it unpleasantly clear that many people use New Army's summit plateau as a toilet.
I was smartly advised to take the Old Army Pass trail to Mt Langley. There are no signs forfor OAP anywhere. Perhaps the NPS doesn't want to maintain that trail anymore since they focus their attention to the New Army Pass trail which is better graded, although longer in distance.
We decided to do a Sierra trip at the last minute and were lucky enough to snag the second to last campground without a reservation last June.
We took the Old Army Pass Trail and did a circular loop that was spectacular. We enjoyed both the solitude and the spectacular scenery.
great backpack, camp, and peak bagging trip. hit cirque as well.
Car to car, 12.5 hours from Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. Harder than I expected, feet were feeling miserable in the end. Several different sand trails in the last mile or so. I'd stay closer to the cliffs on the east if I had to hike it again, seemed a bit shorter and easier that way. Also there was a short easy 3rd class section further east on the final "wall" before the summit plateau. I didn't note the exact location but I remember seeing a fin that would mark the top of the section. That was the best way up/down. I saw people all over the place going up and down in lots of different areas
We had a great time climbing Mt. Langley via New Army pass. The trail up New Army Pass is one of the easiest and well-graded passes in the High Sierras. In some spots, however, the grade up the pass is so shallow that long switchbacks are needed to gain elevation. I would be OK with a little steeper grade and shorter trail up New Army Pass. From the pass, it's a long but easy traverse to Mt. Langley. Fun scramble up the class2/3 rocks to get to the summit plateau. The views are amazing from the summit, and we had perfect weather. One of my favorites!
Made the day hike despite a late start. We had to hike back for an hour or so in the dark, but it was a beautiful full moon and a warm night. Most eventful part of the hike was seeing a glider come straight at the peak and pull up at last second to buzz the peak.
Heather and I opted for the snow chute at Old Army Pass, very tasty climb. Tagged summit, no big deal, been there done that before. Then down-climbed Old Army trail...phew... pretty tense with variable snow conditions and the fear of rockfall. Perfect weather. Great trip!
I have climbed Mt. Langley this way (either via Army or New Army Pass) eight times since 2001.
Two day climb, just lovely...I spend another night out just for fun.
Not that bad of a slog, nice scenery. The last hour to the summit is the sandiest and more of a slog
I love this hike.
We also made it up the pass very quickly, but assending the ridge took a loooong time! We did the 4th class boulders right in the middle, which was a real fun scramble to the top. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
One hell of long day to Mt. Langley.
Maybe its just me, but I flew up to the pass and everything after that seemed endless. Great other-worldly expanse.
Nice cool and cloudy day made this trip sweet. Usually hit both passes two or three times each year. The lakes basin here is gorgeous, good camping and fishing. Some of the fast guys can dayhike to the Miter or Pickering from Horseshoe.
Solo. Great views. Saw first high altitude hare. Back in 10.5hrs
Army Pass still had a snow patch up top when we hiked it last Friday (last 50' or so). Pretty thick and icy, nobody had crossed it recently. We followed others' footprints and climbed the rocks around it. Other than that, no snow around Langley. Awesome views from the top, and enjoyed some mild class 3 stuff on the south slope on the way down.
Went up Old Army, went back via New Army. I like Old Army better! By August there was just a teeny little patch of snow that we had to cross going up Old Army.