I was wondering what the condition of the top of New Army Pass is.. snow/ice? Can you cross it with poles as opposed to axe and crampons?
Also, is there snow/ice at the class 2 short cliff section before the plateau approach to the summit?
Thanks for the trip report.
Long hike, never thought it would end! Took New Army Pass because Old Army was full of snow. Once over New Army, winds were pretty intense. Felt OK until the grade kicked up meaningfully at ~13,000'. Felt harder than Mt Whitney via trail. Was thinking of tagging Cirque Peak on the way back but was too spent.
Longish or perhaps it’s just my age. Great views from the summit.
Summited on September 10, 2017! Wrote up a little trip report too! Great weather and awesome views! love this trail! http://www.shedreamsofalpine.com/blog/2017/10/16/26-miles-backpacking-and-summiting-mount-langley-cottonwood-lakes-trail
Up the Northeast Coulier, camped somewhere about 10K'. Snow and weather was perfect. Solid summit day save for some surprisingly bad AMS at the summit.
Didn't sleep well so I ended up leaving the trailhead around 3am. Used the OAP route which was clear of snow. Round trip was about 8 hours 10 minutes.
Camped at Long lake, New Army Pass was pretty sketch at the top with a 4th class move protected by a wall of snow. Beautiful weather, no wind at summit.
Did the NE Couloir with my climbing buddy, Kent. Great route, did some route finding and Class 3+ scrambling to get back on track. Saw only three other people the entire time. Lots of bush whacking on the approach which was a pain but fun route.
A repeat of summiting in 2014. The NPS evidently shifted its huge cairns from two years ago, so the route differed slightly. It's still a grind to the top from New Army Pass but worth every minute of it.
Day hiked with trish via old army pass. Made it in just under ten hours car to car.
Did this as a day hike preparing for a Mt Williamson and Tyndall double bid. It was such a nice day hike, so gradual, only 4400 feet elevation gain and 11.79 miles to top. Use trail not obvious, sort of saw it from Pass, but had to hike around to it. There are more use trails than the map shows, but it is an obvious peak. And the climbing just keeps going. Its a long summit push, huge summit, with barely anyone to share it with compared to Mt. Whitney. But just as sweet.
The peak that really got me hooked...took Old Army Pass up and it started to snow ever so gently as we got to the summit. Absolutely beautiful.
Camped at south lake, up New Army pass, then up around the back side of the mountain. We descended by Old Army Pass.
Day after making it up Whitney, made it just under Army Pass and made camp. Moon was about half full so about 8pm decided to make it a night solo climb. There was enough light to make it without headlamps to the summit. Made the summit around 10pm and made it back down with headlamps to camp.
Beautiful clear night
Perfect day and a beautiful hike.
With Todd and John.
Easy first 6+ miles, then a warmup going up Old Army Pass, followed by another easy mile followed by the famous slog to the top. Some of the cairns marking the trail on this section were so big they deserve their own SP page. RT was about 9:45, including about a half hour on top. Long dayhike but certainly manageable.
Summit number 6
Great day to be in the Sierras. Stayed on top for 1 hour enjoying the views.
I know its a slog. But I loved it because you can see your destination from many points on the way. New Army Pass wasn't nearly as bad as it sounded or looked.