Hiked into Cottonwood Lake 4 on Friday morning, then up Army Pass Saturday morning to summit. My son made the summit almost an hour ahead of me to bag his first 14er. Good weather except for some distant smoke from a fire and a little rain off to the NW. The last 800 feet to the summit was harder than expected, it's class 3 or 4 unless you find the right route up through the boulders. Photos online
Everyone seems to like the crowds at the Cottonwood Lakes area? We camped along New Army Trail, near Long Lake & had the place to ourselves. Great location & worth the extra mile of hiking. The whole area was neat, with all the large meadows & or valleys high up along the way. The trail was easy going, which left plenty of energy for summit day, in-fact, I thought this to be my easiest 14'er so far!
Climbed with hyperbolictans and rgreene. Left base camp at 5:30 am from Lake #3 and took the direct variant up the couloir. Reached the top around 7:30 am. Easy trek over to the base of Langley but had difficulties route finding in the mixed snow and scree. Summited around 1 pm - the last mile took ~4 hours! Back down after a nice glissade at 5 p.m.
Summitted with rgreene and blmclain. started at ~5:45am at the tip of cottonwood lake 3, below old army pass. up at the pass via the direct chute by 7:45am. My first crampon and ice-axe experience. Some random scrambling in snow and scree brings us to the summit at 1pm.
A longer day than we expected.
Summitted with blmcclain and hyperbolictans - the direct climb up the colouir for Old Army was fun (and the glissade down). The part above Old Army was much longer and harder than expected.
Did this as a side trip from Soldier Lakes and up the tiresome south slope. The cl.3 rocks short of the summit helped mix things up, lots of smoke in the area so the view wasn't the best.
Fantastic weekend trip dragging along my best friend for his first 14er. A perfect peak for my first Sierra 14er. I will not soon forget the reflection of star constellations in the cottonwood lakes as we started out towards the summit before sunrise.
A beautiful hike! There is lots of variety of from trailhead to the summit. The view north from the summit of the Whitney Ridge is breathtaking, especially considering that's where we we headed next. This peak was the first of a three peaks in three days trip which included Langley, Muir and
Whitney. Credit must be given to all of our party: Bob Finken, Joe Finken, Phil Edmundson, Mario Martinez, and Rob (Joe's friend)
PS: beware of the slog up the "kitty litter" scree on the steep section of the final approach.
Climbed Mt Langley via the pass north of Old Army pass. Road was closed from 8,200 ft, so it was a long approach! 100% snow cover began at 9,200ft. 26 miles round trip with a total of 7,400 ft of elevation gain! Did it 1/2 day in, full day to summit, 1/2 day out. Quite tiring since I did the West Ridge of White Mountain the day before, and Roundtop 2 days before that!
solo climb from southfork lakes
My 1st 14'er! Was quite a rush... and an incredible view!
A perfect day up with my brother on his first time over 14K'.
Tagged Langley on the way back out from a 6-night peakbagging trip into the Rock Creek drainage. We dropped packs at the top of the pass and ran up from there. It was slog and socked in at the peak.
Gained the ridge from high up Tuttle Creek Canyon. Lots of snow above 11,000 feet. Weather was perfect.
I climbed Langley with my two younger brothers to honor my father, who had the Sierras in his soul. He was never more at peace than he was at Cottonwood Lakes, and he spent his time there looking up at the Langley peak, always wanting to check out the view from up there. He never could quite do it - something always denied him the peak... exhaustion, gout, altitude sickness - but he talked of it constantly. So there you go, dad... you finally made it. Rest in peace.
Backpacked out of Soldier Lake, left packs at the ridge, climbed the peak, and packed out by Old Army Pass. Long day, but nice hike.
Climbed Langley on way to Rock Creek basin. From Army Pass the route climbs endless scree. Found and took class 3 rock scramble for final push - which broke the monotony of walking on the scree. Great views of Rock Creek basin, Whitney, and Russell.
solo dayhike from trailhead. the buttress to the east of old army pass required some routefinding to keep the difficulty level at class 3/4 level. as i topped out at the buttress, i saw two bighorn sheep at the plateau staring at me from a distance. then a sand slog for a while before hitting good class 3 buttress to the summit plateau. the wind was howling - thankfully the summit was not a ridge like on lot of other peaks.
Backpacked in to Cottonwood Lakes with my wife and headed up Old Army Pass at about 2:30PM. Hit the summit by 5:00PM. I think I was the last one up for the day. Returned to a sweet campsite East of Lake #4 by 6:30. A quick but beautiful summit. Look out for that North and East facing slope! WOW it must drop 2,000ft straight down!
Took my little sister (14) on her first peak with a summit register as training for Whitney. She dayhiked it like a pro! Tried a different route up the Cottonwood Lake #6 slope, and was pleasantly surprised - much faster and easier than that Old Army trail! Most of the elevation involves low-angle class 3 slabs. Early season climbs would have to conquer the cornice at the ridgeline. Perfect summer route! Got rained on the entire 2 hour walk back from Cottonwood Lakes Basin. Forget bears in the campground --- beware of noisy, annoying, card-playing tourists.