Mount Langley Climber's Log

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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?


ROSENCLIMBER - May 11, 2014 3:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2011

Camped at 12,000+  Sucess!

See my trip report, "Langley High Camp".
Really enjoyed camping above timberline. No mosquitoes, expansive views, beautiful night sky - couldn't ask for more.


irrationalist - Jan 31, 2014 11:42 am Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2013

Astounding Beautiful  Sucess!

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.

Ted Bauer

Ted Bauer - Dec 3, 2013 7:23 pm

Solo Climb  Sucess!

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.


Lenny72 - Nov 18, 2013 4:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

Another Successful Summit!  Sucess!

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.


Pastorron - Oct 6, 2013 12:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012

Beautiful and Strange  Sucess!

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.

haha1 - Sep 17, 2013 11:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2011

First 14er

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.

dakine - Sep 17, 2013 4:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2013

Summer dayhike  Sucess!

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.


jrnewmann - Sep 15, 2013 6:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2013

Fun, Easier 14er but the Sand Sucks  Sucess!

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!


douggranger - Sep 12, 2013 7:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2006

New Army Pass  Sucess!

Tagged the summit with Maggie and got the heck out of there with lightning approaching.

kc7sqd - Sep 9, 2013 4:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013

Great views, NAP  Sucess!

We had a great time climbing Mt. Langley via New Army pass. The trail up New Army Pass is one of the easiest and well-graded passes in the High Sierras. In some spots, however, the grade up the pass is so shallow that long switchbacks are needed to gain elevation. I would be OK with a little steeper grade and shorter trail up New Army Pass. From the pass, it's a long but easy traverse to Mt. Langley. Fun scramble up the class2/3 rocks to get to the summit plateau. The views are amazing from the summit, and we had perfect weather. One of my favorites!

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