Mount Langley Climber's Log

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cdog

cdog - Sep 13, 2019 8:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2019

summer 2019  Sucess!

nice hike in between storms. Left Long Lake at 0315 via New Army Pass, and returned ~1000.

R Pollard

R Pollard - Sep 8, 2019 8:09 am Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2019

With my son via Army Pass  Sucess!

Spur of the moment trek up Langley after easily making it up Army Pass. Made for a long day.

utahjimk

utahjimk - Aug 12, 2019 11:19 am Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2019

very nice  Sucess!

with Dennis and Greg (Wasatch Mountain Club). Cottonwood Lakes trail to New Army Pass, back down by (old) Army Pass. I was more into the swing of things, so I enjoyed this hike more than the Whitney hike a couple days before!

cascadescrambler

cascadescrambler - Jul 29, 2019 9:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 1992

Easy  Sucess!

Looked pretty easy from New Army Pass. Decided to do it before going on to Whitney

Ben FR - Jul 6, 2019 7:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2019

Langley via NAP  Sucess!

Langley via NAP. Lots of cornice at the pass, ascended the pass via a class 2 scramble a little bit on climber's left of the switchbacks.

lugosi - Sep 12, 2018 8:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2018

Beware of mosquitoes  Sucess!

Great first 14,000ft, stayed 1 night at the TH, then headed up to the lakes (had plenty of time to check all of them out) - started summit hike around 6am which put us ahead of the crowd. The views from the summit are breathtaking, and then it's loooong way down..
Beware of mosquitoes.. it ruined our planned stargazing..

Fletch

Fletch - Sep 10, 2018 1:24 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2018

Solo  Sucess!

Car to car in 12ish hours... no goldens biting either...

Adventure Punk

Adventure Punk - Jul 11, 2018 9:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2018

Langley Summit  Sucess!

Big 23 mi day out of Cottonwood Lakes TH - lots of fun through Army Pass - great views from the top and super pretty down by the lakes
-Jon U

Pipdm - Jun 26, 2018 10:15 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2018

Mt. Langley through New Army Pass  Sucess!

My hiking partner, Rich, and I started at Cottonwood Lakes trailhead.. slept in cars the night of June 18. Hiked in on June 19 to camp at High Lake. We took a look at High Lake and decided Long Lake was less exposed and pitched camp there. 40 lb pack (too much for this geezer) was a load carrying up. Beautiful day. Gorgeous hike. Mosquitoes descended upon us the sun went down. Treated water at well-flowing stream against an incredible mountain landscape, and mountain meadow and lake. On trail at 7am, June 20, and headed up New Army Pass (NAP.). Top part of trail covered in pile of snow, so we maneuvered up through rocks then across a small ledge then up through some more rocks and we were up on the pass (this detour was easier going up then coming down.. coming down on tired rubbery legs and looking, if one so chooses, down on a long drop takes my breath away. I chose not to look).

From NAP, we began the trek up toward Langley. We noticed three hikers cutting the trail across a field (to meet a more defined path headed toward Langley) moving in a direction parallel to Old Army Pass. We balked at this and took the marked trail which lead us toward Soldier Lake, and we became a little confused as the trail kept directing us away and down from our intended destination. We decided to change to a less defined path, which was guarded (and discouraged) by a line of small rocks, back up toward where the previously described path that the cutting hikers were headed. On our way back from the summit we became cutters, as well.
At that point on the way back, I was too spent to argue the point.

Back to our ascent, after a steady slog upwards we started following the cairns up towards the summit plateau and came to a decision. We chose to short cut the access to the top of the plateau, and fire go the suggested cairns route. Not smart. To the eye the climb up through the rocks looked much shorter to access the final walk up to the summit, as opposed to following the cairns. My partner Rich started climbing up through and got about 20-25 feet up ahead of me, reporting back as he went. I got to a place where I worried about getting back down should I decide to change my mind. Rich seemed like he was in his way so I told him to go on, I’d meet him at the top. This meant I would have to make my way down out of the rocks, down the short scree field and take the suggested route marked by cairns, which I did. I was cursing myself for not demanding that we take the marked cairns route in the first place. Plus, we were now split up, the cardinal rule of backcountry hiking, broken.

Long story shorter, I made it up to the summit where I met again with Rich, but not without a healthy dose of worry and speculation.
Follow the cairns! We made it safely back down to Long Lake and hiked out the next morning

FYI - The scree on the upper parts of the trail is deep and challenging, especially going up. Coming down is much easier, but the up part is a workout.

All in all a wonderfully beautiful trip with three days of cloudless blue sky (a blessing at this time of year in the high sierras), but the hike is arguably as tough or tougher than Mt. Whitney, which I was able to successfully summit (day hike) two years ago.

Follow the cairns!

Ben FR - Jun 9, 2018 10:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2018

Langley via NAP  Sucess!

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.

Pipdm - Jun 11, 2018 3:21 pm

Re: Langley via NAP

Ben,
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.
DP

SuperChthonic

SuperChthonic - May 3, 2018 9:13 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2017

Via (Old) Army Pass  Sucess!

Longish or perhaps it’s just my age. Great views from the summit.

allisondianee

allisondianee - Oct 18, 2017 5:55 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2017

Mount Langley Checked off the List  Sucess!

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

smlucas

smlucas - Oct 13, 2017 12:20 pm Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2017

Spring ascent   Sucess!

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.

utclimber - Sep 23, 2017 5:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2017

Old Army Pass  Sucess!

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.

Snowman of Annapurna

Snowman of Annapurna - Aug 2, 2017 6:51 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2017

4th class move at New Army Pass  Sucess!

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.

reconronin949

reconronin949 - May 15, 2017 11:00 pm

Remote and fun!   Sucess!

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.

Ruvicha

Ruvicha - Sep 5, 2016 7:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2016

Once more  Sucess!

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.

norco17

norco17 - Aug 20, 2016 1:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2016

2nd time  Sucess!

Day hiked with trish via old army pass. Made it in just under ten hours car to car.

SchwartzOn

SchwartzOn - Jul 15, 2016 1:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2016

Langley in a Day  Sucess!

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.

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