Climbed via Old Army Pass on the way up. Then, made the long walk over to Cirque Peak and went back down New Army Pass. Old Army was much more direct whereas the switchbacks on New Army seemed to take forever. Assuming OAP is relatively snow free, I would definely recommend it over NAP.
Snow flurries and deteriorating weather made my summit stay about 2 minutes. Crowded summit made it anti climatic
Hiked in from Horseshoe Meadow to Long Lake on August 5, and set out the next morning for Langley via New Army Pass. The cold wind kept the skeeters away at the lake, though it required all the layers I had plus a balaclava. Got a bit off route and missed the easy passage up to the summit plateau, but found a place to climb without too much trouble (I'm far more a hiker than climber). Beautiful views from the top.
A side trip on a hike from Cottonwood Lakes to Rock Creek.
First part of hike a nasty slog, second part delightful. Beautiful day. Trip report: http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/536419/tuttle-creek-route-hyde-and-jekyll-on-mt-langley.html
Great climb on Mount Langley this weekend! We ditched the tent and slept under the stars at Lake #3. What an amazing view; billions of stars, the Milky Way Galaxy, and satellites racing across the sky. We also took a refreshing, albeit cold dip in the lake. Unfortunately, the mosquitos were a pest. On Sunday morning we started for the summit and found a dead body wrapped in a space blanket halfway down the slope. We found out she had slipped and fallen several hundred feet to her death the morning before. A rescue helicopter came and retrieved the body. We made it to the summit late in the morning and the view was amazing; maybe better than the view from the summit of Whitney. We could see Mount Whitney, other surrounding peaks, and the town of Lone Pine far below. We then hiked the 10 miles back to the car and drove back home to sunny San Diego.
Nice Day. Contemplated descending Old Army but thought the better of it.
No regrets. Others did r/t Old Army though.
Dayhiked Langley via Old Army Pass with commando tang in approx 13 hrs. Our third, Aj, developed blisters on Gibbs the day before so he kept the tent after our 3:45am departure. Originally, we planned on climbing via New Army Pass, but changed our minds mid-way. The end of the pass was covered with snow so we headed up an easy class three chute. The 6hr drive home to the bay area was pure pain.
A great way to spend the 4th
Camped on moraine above the fifth Cottonwood Lake then headed up the pass north of Old Army Pass in the morning. Windy up top, but great weather relative to the past couple of weeks. Found the benchmark but no register. Mosquitoes starting to come out around the meadows and marshes.
Nice day. Camped on the ridge at 12,000'. Got a leisurely start and summited by noon. Had first encounter with Bighorns in the Sierra. Saw a herd of 12 or more.
Dayhiked Langley and Cirque Pk from High Lk
Dayhiked Langley's NE Couloir with Forjan & Seano. The weather was very warm below but chilly up top with some snow flurries at the summit. The snowshoes were a definite must have and the glissade down the couloir was a blast. Took us around 12 hours roundtrip.
Took the dog to the top. Don't tell the Park service.
Got off trail the first time and raqn out of time.
This attempt, however, it worked.
This spectacular route hidden in plain view is right up the obvious S-Shaped Wall as you look at Mount Langley from Cottonwood Lakes. Just look straight down the middle of the Profile photo on the Mount Langley home page on SummitPost. The S Shape will jump at you.
We made the summit on the way to Whitney. The hardest part was managing the heavy packed snowfield over New Army Pass. Actually needed to break out the snow gear I planned to only need at Trail Crest were snow covered most of the switchbacks top to bottom meaning potentially a 2,000 slide. Very nice peak with a great view! My second ascent.
Headed into the Cottonwoods Lakes Basin with my brother for a few days. Camped at the south end of the South Forks Lakes. Woke up early on Day 2, climbed over to the Cottonwood Lakes, up over Old Army Pass, and trudged the long trek of the south slope to the summit of Langley. Got some good bouldering in and the views were great. I will definitely be heading back and trying to get back into Miter Basin and some of the other peaks in the area.
Photos of My Mt Langley Trip
Classic High Sierra hiking. Very pleasant.
Friend and I drove in from the Bay Area hoping to get an overnight permit, but all were taken. Ended up just crashing in the car for a couple hours at the Horseshoe Meadows trailhead, then day hiked the peak starting before sunrise. Scrambled directly up the boulders from the south.