Mount Langley Climber's Log

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trexkerry - Sep 7, 2015 7:15 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2015

Slog via Old Army Pass  Sucess!

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.

Keith Medlock

Keith Medlock - Jul 22, 2015 1:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2015

Mount Langley  Sucess!

Summit number 6


Hiker4life - Jul 14, 2015 9:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014

Day hike via New Army Pass  Sucess!

Great day to be in the Sierras. Stayed on top for 1 hour enjoying the views.


charitydominic - Oct 30, 2014 6:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2011

Why do I love this one?  Sucess!

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.


Ruvicha - Sep 11, 2014 9:05 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2014

Beautiful hike  Sucess!

Beautiful 6-mile hike from Horseshoe Meadows through pine forests, meadows and lake country to Long Lake, where we camped overnight and summited Langley the next day. Wanted to do Cirque, too, but it was too much for one day. NPS or the Forest Service has built huge cairns to mark the way (trail is too strong a word) from New Army Pass to Langley. AS 14ers go, Langley is very accessible. Views of Whitney, Williamson and other peaks in the southern Sierra Nevada are spectacular.


davido - Sep 11, 2014 2:28 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2011

Where's the fish?  Sucess!

Camped at Cottonwood Lakes and fished, but didn't catch anything. Following day we decided to climb up Old Army turned on us as we neared the summit, light snowfall. Very nice and gentle 14er.


Fensterschlechter - Aug 16, 2014 4:38 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2013

NE Couloir via Tuttle Creek  Sucess!

Great for avoiding crowds and if you're into snow. This turned out to be a hard one for me. I followed some old instructions to stay high after the wikiup (a little above the hut) so spent a lot of time bushwhacking along game trails and wearing myself out. Turned out instead there was a great trail that contours from the wikiup and eventually meets up with the creek (found that on the way down). Got dehydrated and crampy :^( Late start, late summit, and then got lost in the dark on my way back to camp. All that manzanita looks the same when your headlamp batteries are about dead. I probably walked back and forth within 50 yards of my tent about 12 times. Just as I was packing up camp the next day, someone scoping out bouldering problems sees me and says, "No way! I haven't seen anyone up here on this route the last 20 times I have been!"


ScottWhitneyBound - Aug 10, 2014 12:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014

Made it on my second attempt  Sucess!

I tried to do this in June as a solo day hike, but route-finding caused some delays along with much snow on Old Army Pass, requiring me to ascend and descend the much longer New Army Pass. So I turned around at 13,200 ft and made it back to the trailhead before dark after hiking 23 miles in 12 hours.

This time I brought a buddy along and we camped the night before and after summiting at High Lake. Since it was a weekend this time, there were plenty of other people there to help us find our way to the top. We ascended New Army and descended Old Army, with a short detour near the top around an avalanche. We had good weather until the night after summiting, when it rained much of the night, and the following morning we hiked to the trailhead in rain, hail, and lightning much of the way.


caysedave - Aug 4, 2014 3:10 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014

New Army Pass  Sucess!

Great Sierra weather! First time to Cottonwood Lakes.


colinr - Jul 25, 2014 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2014

Easy dayhike  Sucess!

This time I had already spent much time from 9,000-14,000 feet the two weeks prior to the hike. Via Old Army from the equestrian parking lot, I did the whole dayhike with several photo stops, food breaks, and water breaks in under ten hours. Five hours to gain the summit from the parking lot after four hours from O.A. Pass to summit my last time up. What a difference! Still, not one of my favorites. Too stark and dry. Did see a bighorn standing atop Old Army as I made way up the pass.


Diesel - Jul 16, 2014 11:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014

5th 14ner  Sucess!

Day hike. My GPS said 21 miles. Up Old Army Pass. A bit of snow at the top of Pass, pretty icy. Hit the summit of Langley in 4.5 hours from parking lot. Down New Army Pass which is longer than OAP. Roundtrip 11 hours. Very windy on top. I'd recommend Old Army since more direct.

Jkastner - Jul 14, 2014 11:11 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014

First 14er, Via Old Army  Sucess!

Very awesome hike. Spent one night at Horseshoe Meadows campground, and then one night at Cottonwood Lake #3. Hiked up Old Army the following morning. Had a 30 ft section of snow that had to be navigated just before the top of the pass. A little hairy to say the least but we made it and it was smooth sailing to the summit. We then double timed it back down to lake 3, packed up camp and hiked back to Horseshoe Meadows.


braindancer - Jul 7, 2014 11:58 pm Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2013

Excellent hike  Sucess!

Did this as a day-hike. It is long and strenuous (22 miles round-trip) but I found it quite enjoyable.


hightinerary - Jul 3, 2014 4:41 pm

Re: Bear In Meadow at Mt Langely/Chcken Springs Bog

I've been on the Cottonwood Pass Trail many times. I never saw a bear, though. Lucky you!


el_coyote - Jul 3, 2014 11:41 am Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

First 14er  Sucess!

Did this last weekend over three days (spent 2 nights up at long lake)via New Army Pass for my first 14er. Beautiful scenery on the way up and awesome views.

Peter50 - Jul 3, 2014 10:11 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014

Bear In Meadow at Mt Langely/Chcken Springs Bog

We went up to Chicken Springs Lake, I wish I had some pictures of the bear but it was way out in the field. I am sure that bear is still in the area, last year we hiked the same route and saw a bear behind a bush about an hour into the hike, it ran into the same meadow, perhaps 1/2 mile above the meadow spot we saw the bear at this time, it was proably the same bear. Do you kow this trail, the meadow/bog folllows the trail almost to the crest where the trail splits in two.


hightinerary - Jul 3, 2014 8:01 am

Re: Bears at Mt Langely Meadow

"Caterine Lake?" Near Mt. Langley?

Peter50 - Jul 3, 2014 5:13 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2014

Bears at Mt Langely Meadow

I was hiking the cottonwood trail and to the left is a large meadow. About ten minutes into the hke I saw a giant mother bear with two large cubs in the meadow eating and playing. I hiked to caterine lake and returned 5 hours later and the bear was still there, it was an awesome sight. Has anyone esle seen this bear?


DukeJH - Jun 30, 2014 9:50 am Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2014

Hot Day  Sucess!

2nd of my 2014 California 14ers. It was a hot day. Ascended New Army Pass. Met a dad and son near the summit and descended Old Army Pass with them. A large snowfield choked the top of Army Pass but it was passable if you were very careful.


ROSENCLIMBER - May 11, 2014 3:39 pm

Re: Another Successful Summit!

Do you know where/how she fell? The standard route is pretty easy... Was she rock climbing?

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