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.
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.
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.
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.
Day hiked with trish via old army pass. Made it in just under ten hours car to car.
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.
The peak that really got me hooked...took Old Army Pass up and it started to snow ever so gently as we got to the summit. Absolutely beautiful.
Camped at south lake, up New Army pass, then up around the back side of the mountain. We descended by Old Army Pass.
Day after making it up Whitney, made it just under Army Pass and made camp. Moon was about half full so about 8pm decided to make it a night solo climb. There was enough light to make it without headlamps to the summit. Made the summit around 10pm and made it back down with headlamps to camp.
Beautiful clear night
Perfect day and a beautiful hike.
With Todd and John.
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.
Great day to be in the Sierras. Stayed on top for 1 hour enjoying the views.
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.
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.
Camped at Cottonwood Lakes and fished, but didn't catch anything. Following day we decided to climb up Old Army Pass...weather turned on us as we neared the summit, light snowfall. Very nice and gentle 14er.
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!"
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.
Great Sierra weather! First time to Cottonwood Lakes.
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.