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.
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.
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.
Did this as a day-hike. It is long and strenuous (22 miles round-trip) but I found it quite enjoyable.
I've been on the Cottonwood Pass Trail many times. I never saw a bear, though. Lucky you!
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.
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.
"Caterine Lake?" Near Mt. Langley?
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?
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.
Do you know where/how she fell? The standard route is pretty easy... Was she rock climbing?
See my trip report, "Langley High Camp".
Really enjoyed camping above timberline. No mosquitoes, expansive views, beautiful night sky - couldn't ask for more.
Its always a treat when the route to the peak is just as beautiful as the views from the summit. Did this as a solo day trip. A tiring trip to Old Army Pass. Old Army was clear and snow free. However, by the time I got to the top is was all cloudy and muggy preventing any real photos from being taken. Mt. Whitney was large and in charge from here.
Tried this mountain two other times, but both times others in the party caused us to turn around. This time I just did it myself. A lot of scree at the top, and not really any true trail near the summit.
The lakes on the Army Pass route have to be some of the most beautiful in the world. I kept expecting to find Grizzle Adam's cabin.
An easy ascent but one of the best views from the summit of any mountain I have ever climbed in the United States. Also got a nice, freezing swim in one of the lakes and bitten on the eyelid by a mosquito in the middle of the night, swelling it shut. Unfortunately, I also saw a woman who had fallen to her death on my way up and saw her wrapped in a space blanket awaiting removal of her body from the mountain.
We day hiked Whitney the day before so we were really sore. Backpacked into the Cottonwood Lakes and spent night. Went up via Old Army Pass. No problem with route. Scramble to the top was fun. Very strange route. Loved soaking my feet in the freezing lakes after.
We had just finished a thru hike of the JMT from Tuolumne Meadows to Devils Postpile, plus a hike to Cloudripper. Was very much conditioned to the altitude so didn't have issues with altitude sickness this time around - unlike the previous attempt the year before.
Long dayhike on a beautiful summer day. No wind, no clouds. Army pass looked impossible from the lake, but yes there is a trail. One spot had snow and we had to step below to get around. Amazing views from the top. Started at 7:00 a.m., finished 13 hours later. This was my second 14er.
Made it up my fourth fourteener yesterday, it was a lot of fun, not too challenging although my friends struggled due to altitude. The climb to the summit is kind of sandy and slow but not awful. The toughest part of this hike is the distance, it's just a long day no matter what. Old army pass has zero snow right now but who knows when it will start to snow again. Old army pass is definitely the way to go, it's really not exposed or concerning if you are sure on your feet. Great peak!
Tagged the summit with Maggie and got the heck out of there with lightning approaching.