A nice climb with my friend Mike! We didn’t have the gear to deal with the cornices on the Army Passes, so we stayed at Chicken Spring Lake in Golden Trout Wilderness and hiked from the west.
Hiked with Richard Elder. Pretty good day hike with incredible scenery from the lakes basin on. About 11 hrs with a couple of those used for fishing the cottonwood lakes, brilliant goldies, bring a pole.
Kenn Kennega and I approached the climb from Tuttle Creek. It had recenly snowed and we slogged thru snow up to our dicks from start to summit.
Summited via the South Slopes with friends from church. We made camp at Cottonwood Lakes and then summited in a little under three hours from the lake. Two storms the week prior had left a fair amount of snow on the summit plateau. Old Army Pass had a little snow and ice in places. Great views of Whitney and Russell and Williamson to the north.
Climbed Mt. Langley with ScottyS on our quest to climb all of the CA fourteeners this summer. The 21 mile round trip took 8.75 hours on the easy Cottonwood Lakes trail. First time up this peak. For images and info on this peak, visit my Mt. Langley page.
This was my first 14er! I'm hooked now! Perfect day for a dayhike! Got some excellent photos of Whitney, etc. Visibility was clear. Views were breathtaking. A fairly long hike, but other than the sand, was enjoyable. Gonna do Whitney and Muir next week.
Had a great weekend with my best friends, Matt, Albert, Jeff, and Ted
Nice day hike with forjan. Very clear skys the entire day and great views from the summit dispite the month old McNally fire to the south. Back home and in the spa by 8:30 pm!
mdostby and I day hiked it. After a very sloggish morning (I'm still recuperating from a cough I caught in NW Spain plus the fact I didn't acclimate at all: basically left work [Camarillo, CA = 100 ft elev.] at 4:45pm Friday and arrived at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead around 9:45pm), I made the summit at 11:15am. Stayed there almost an hour enjoying the views. A bit windy and cool at the summit today, though. No snow in Old Army Pass by the way. We had a leisurely descent, arriving at the cars by 4:50pm.
Pretty basic climb, good views from the top. Even in August Old Army Pass was filled with snow, so I took the saddle north of it (Winter Route) and thought it was great. A little sandy but more direct, and made for a quick descent on the way out, 20 minutes from saddle to lakes edge. The 'Winter Route' was 65F going up, after cresting the saddle it dropped to 40F. 18 others signed the register from the day before, I passed 6 others heading up while on my descent.
Left Caltech (Pasadena) at 8:30 pm. Got to trailhead at 12:30 am Saturday. Napped til 5:00 am. Started hiking at 6 am. Summited at 12:15 pm via Old Army Pass. Returned to trailhead at 7 pm. Drove back to Pasadena. A very long and tiring day.
Most snow on the Old Army Pass is gone now. Wasn't as exposed/scary as I thought it would be.
Going from sea level to above 14,000 ft in 12 hours with 4 hours of sleep isn't a good idea, as I found out the hard way. Acclimate, acclimate, acclimate.
My base camp was at Sky Blue Lake, west of Langley. I climbed a class 2-3 route up a moderate canyon on the west face all the way to the summit plateau. I remember drinking crystal clear cold water straight from a rivulet coming down a rock face. Nice climb, incredible view of the Owens Valley.
Struggled with the exposure of a short stretch of snow through Old Army Pass, which I would consider Class 4 but I could be wrong and with lack of defined trail to the summit, but made it anyway. Descended New Army Pass for the return trip. See my trip report for some extras, but it probably won't help veteran hikers.
I saw the boy scouts summit log. Which is really interesting because we saw them when we were about 15 minutes from the summit. There was four of us in our group. We had a base camp at cottonwood Lake #3 We wen't to the summit on Sat. the 29th. We went up old army pass. The trail was pretty good until we reached about 100 yards from the top of old army pass. There was a snow field that was about a 100 feet long. We had to cut steps into the snow to get across the field to get to the top of the pass, which was class four. If any of us would have gone down we would have been history. Three of the four of us reached the summit that day. We did see a glider when we were on the summit which was cool. The weather on the summit was perfect it was 61 degrees F at about 2:30pm with light wind.
What a great time. The troop hiked up on Friday and stayed at South Fork Lake. On Saturday the summit team Pat , Brian , Seth , Shea , John , Don , Bob , Greg and Russ made it to the top. The group left at about 8:00 and made the peak at 2:00 back to camp at about 5:30. The base camp crew took care of the fresh fish. Ansel , John , Ryan , Scott , Kyle , Mike , Wil , Greg. This was a great shake down for the Muir this summer and a great hike for some of the new boys too. Our guys felt New Army pass is the way to go. Old Army looked a little tough with out the right gear. Hiked out on Sunday . Mike's brother inlaw Dan and His Niece Tiffany also made the hike. They went up New Army and they came back over Old Army Pass.
The weather today was perfect! Climbed as a day hike. Summited by 12:15 PM. Avoided the sandy slope just below the summit by climbing the class 3 rock 100 yards east of the normal route. Still some some snow in the pass but it was soft enough......my running shoes were fine. A climber tried to climb the direct chute up Army Pass (which is still completely filled with snow) without ice axe or crampons and fell most of the way down sliding into the rocks below. He dislocated has shoulder and was pretty beaten up but was able to walk. I helped carry his gear and walked him out to the trailhead then made sure he made it to the emergency room in Lone Pine. Boy was he in pain! He should of known better. It could have been much worse. He was very lucky.
A lady was just getting rescued by a Sheriff helicopter. She had a fall on Old Army Pass. Still lots of snow in these passes. Since we didn't have any ice axe or crampons we ascended the less steep "winter route". I think this route is the most direct.
Great trip in the early season - there was not a soul in the Cottonwood Lakes Basin the whole time we were there. We (Sven Feldmann and I) went up the main chute of Old Army Pass. The trail (if any ?) in the pass was snow covered completely, so we just went straight up the 35-45 degree snow in the main chute. The rest was easy. A couple of parties had reached the summit the week-end before, otherwise the last entry in the summit log was from February (http://www.climber.org/TripReports/2002/fried14er.html). We went down New Army Pass on the descent. This was easier than Old Army Pass because it is south facing and the snow was not iced up. It also allowed a beautiful traverse of the South Fork Lakes basin - the lakes were starting to thaw. I have posted pictures on my website, referenced in the "links" section of the Mount Langley page.
Summited in 6 hours back to car in 5. Nice dayhike. The "sandpit" just below the final ascent is a bit tedious. Fantastic views for 360*.
Of all the CA 14ers, this is the slog. Lotta snow so we had to take an alternate pass closer to the summit since we had no ice axe.