My second late season acsent via Old Army Pass. This mountain always has a special meaning for me, so it was great to be back on top after 3 years. Amazingly clear day, great views from the top.
Just returned from a wonderful Mt. Langley climb Nov 5. Cold, but sunny and beautifully clear.
There's now snow on some steeper sections of the Old Army pass, making cossing some places a bit scary. Suggest wearing crampons and taking an ice axe. Otherwise, use the snow free New Army route. While it is somewhat longer in distance, it's totally snow/ice free so it doesn't take more time.
My only beef about this route is the suggestion to take the "faint" trail heading south, up from Tuttle Creek (just before the bridge which takes you to the Stonehouse). This "trail" was a joke.....more like a faint game trail! All in all, I liked this route, espeically at the top of the southern gully leading to the flat section of the ridge. Quality 3rd/4th class scrambling. Great weather.... and nice sunburn!
Good views, nice hike.
A long day on the mountain. Perfect weather on top, just a slight breeze. Visibility for miles.
Nice hike up winter route. Snow cornice at top passable on north side.
Few snow patches on way up to SE face. Found easy class 2-3 route up.
Very windy and cold.
Couple snorts of Knob Creek and we were out of there.
Total RT time from Lake 3 ~ 5 hours.
From a camp at Cottonwood Lakes. The route goes up a chute from the northern most lake. Returned via Army Pass.
Stayed at lake 4, super windy night. Good times!!!
Stayed overnight at Lake 4, this was my first CA 14er.
14er #7 Beautiful day and a mellow climb. Went directly north from Army Pass and followed trail until it dead-ended into some boulders on SE face, avoiding the summit plateau. With a litte route-finding, was able to scramble on class 3-4 rock to the plateau. 12 hours car-to-car. Would have been faster if I didn't have a killer flu. Oh well.
Great day! Day trip from the Cottonwood Lakes Trail Head. 12 hours round trip. All was easy until the last two hours back to the trailhead. Sore feet. 21 miles does add up fast on the feet! LOL Recommended 1st 14er for anbody looking to try. Nunz
The first time we hiked to the uppermost lake below Old Army Pass, spent the night, then arose early the next morning. The ascent was fairly easy, though I was suffering a bit from the altitude--I'd just come up from sea level.
It was freezing and windy up top, but clear--one of those days where you could see for miles!
Yesterday Dan and I hiked over New Army Pass and up the same route from our camp above High Lake. It was very cold and clear--five degrees F that morning. We saw two herds of Bighorn Sheep--once on the way up and on the way down, two adult females with two young ones! We hiked out to Cottonwood Lakes trailhead early this morning in a snow storm.
A long, long slog - 9 hrs roundtrip. Very high winds on the summit and pretty views.
Dayhiked with Balajisv and Shri. Pushed off the winter route by a cornice but got back on 500 ft. below. A long day that ended in headlamps.
Route Climbed: Old Army/E Ridge, descended Winter Route Date Climbed: Sept 2, 2001 Sucess!
Climbed with Brian, got kind of a late start, hit some clouds near the summit. Great veiws scrambling up the east ridge.
Route Climbed: Old Army/E Ridge Date Climbed: May 25, 2002 Denied!
Thunder at 13,500 turned us around. You snooze, you loose.
Spectacular weekend and weather. Pretty easy route and amazing views, wow! Several routes to take but a nice little trail directly after the sign for Sequoia (to the right/north) was a lot of fun. Very active birds living among the rocks, but no idea what they were.
Dayhike from Horseshoe Meadows. Went past the uppermost Cottonwood Lake and ascended the bowl N of Army Pass. Great cl 2 scramble, but the top was blocked by a 30 foot wall of snow. Since I didn't have an axe, I opted to climb the steep wall adjacent to it. It was pretty exposed 4th class, but not too hard with plenty of holds. From there, its the standard slog up the summit. Tagged Cirque enroute back to the cars and descended via Army Pass.
Beautiful day to climb Langley! This was my first 14'er so it was a special day :) Me and one hiking partner started at Cottonwood Lake #4 around 8:00 am, climbed up Old Army Pass, headed up to a red sandy saddle at about 12,000', dropped our backpacks, and dayhiked to the top. It took us awhile to find the route up the last 800' or so... There are lots of trails and it's hard to find one that's doable! Beautiful view from up there, expecially looking north to Whitney! Also lots of flowers blooming including sky pilot. Headed down around 3:30 pm and picked up our packs and then made our way down to Upper Soldier Lake. Saw 5 other people headed up or down that day.
Day hiked from Cottonwood parking lot, 3:30am - 2:30pm with plenty of time on the summit and socializing along the trail. Beautiful views from the summit and along the way. Old Army is definitely the way to go. Once reaching the top of Old Army, head North (right), don't keep going straight or you'll lose altitude by the time you realize you are no longer on target for the summit. The summit from Old Army was the most tiring part...that Damn sand and scree makes for slow travel. There are a thousand different trails up the summit (follow which ever one you like or make your own) , the further to the east (right) the more technical the climb.
I and four buddies hit the trail head at 5:30 a.m. We agreed on a turn-around time of 2:00 p.m. Two of us bagged out early (at 12K' and 13K') due to altitude affects. I was the last to summit at 2:01 ;) and we walked briskly back to the pass under intermittent hail and rain. Able to glissade down the last 200' of lower army pass above the lake. Back to the car by 8:00p.m.
Picts here: (flash slide show)
Nice hike on SPS trip. 12 people came on the trip, 8 made the summit. Four of us opted to go over the Cirque as a preview on Saturday as well.