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.
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!
the drop off north of the summit is impressive
Hiked from Horseshoe Meadows parking lot, 10 hours from car to car via Old Army Pass. On the summit, found out about Pat Hadley's death. I had planned to hike Cirque Peak but lost the urge. Descended in a smoky haze due to fires in SEKI.
I wanted to try Mount Langley as it's another 14'er in the Mount Whitney range and I heard it was beautiful. I was so impressed by the beauty, not just at the peak but all along the trail. Once you come out of the trees, you hike through meadows and you pass the prettiest blue lakes. The trail is pretty straight forward and easy on the way up. The last 1,000 feet or so were steeper and there is a bit of scrambling and scree, which added to the fun. I enjoyed Langley a lot more than Whitney. It was not as long of a day, the views were prettier, and there were hardly any people there. I guess it is a well kept secret :)
W/ Rahil & Mohi
1997: stormed off w/ Peter in June
Although I had climbed this already in June, Lorraine hadn't, and we had an opportunity to climb it with some friends on the 3rd. We set off at 6:30 a.m. through the Cottonwood Lakes and up Old Army Pass. The snow that was still there at the end of June was completely gone. Unlike my last trip (only one other, who came up after me), the summit was quite crowded, with possibly up to 20 people there all at once. We were the only day hikers, to the best of my knowledge, though. When we reached Old Army Pass on the return, I broke off from the group and headed up and over to Cirque Peak and down into the South Fork of Cottonwood Creek drainage and returned to the TH from there. The side trip to Cirque added no extra distance, as the whole hike came in at twenty miles. A fine day.
Started from Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead about 10:15, hiked up via New Army Pass, went too far to the left on the scramble up the rocks so had to traverse almost the whole summit plateau, took a more direct route down and then climbed Cirque Peak. Got to the summit there about 7:00 pm and then dropped down to the PCT to camp by an unfortunately dry lake. After hiking some on the PCT, camped at Chicken Spring Lake the 2nd night, very delightful!
I left the TH at 6:14 a.m. and was on the summit in just over five hours. I took the Old Army Pass route, and it was incredibly scenic going through the Cottonwood Lakes area. Old Army Pass was in reasonably good shape, and only had two patches of snow blocking the trail, but were easily crossed. I went up more to the right of the summit block, ending up gaining around 500' or so climbing through the boulders. Much smoke in the Owens Valley from some wildfire burning in SoCal. On my way back down, the lakes area was mushrooming with back packers and presumably, back packing fishermen. Trout season opens tomorrow (July 1), which might explain the surge in visitors.
I have a trip report on this
Hiked via Old Army Pass from camp at Cottonwood Lake 4. Went on to climb Cirque Peak afterward.
First time out of the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. Nice gradual approach made for a fun day. Much easier day than Whitney.
Did a day hike and took the Old Army Pass route. We started out pretty late in the morning so we had to make pretty good time. When we resting up at the peak a glider buzzed the peak and was dangerously close to hitting it (was within about 8 feet or so). We had to hike back in the dark for an hour or so with my headlamp, but all made for an exciting day.
Awesome climb. Started at daybreak at the cottonwood lakes trailhead. finished within 11.5 hrs. partner got altitude sickness at old army pass and had to turn back. finished it on my own. amazing up there!
Last year when we tried Langley we got turned back by weather, not this time around! However, it did get a little dicey, Lenticular cloud in the AM, some dark clouds later in the day when we were on the Summit, but no precip and no thunder. Got up on Friday and spent the night at Horseshoe to acclimate then started early Sat morning (4:30). Went up NAP, but were surprised by the alt difference between NAP and OAP so decided to descend via OAP. No snow on OAP so it was safe but there are parts where if you fell (or slipped on snow) you'd be KIA. Took our time getting down, got back to LA around 2 AM.
Was having my freaking period but I made it anyways. Did Cirque Pk the day before.
It was a great first 14er. Beautiful camping spot in Cottonwood to spend a night acclimatizing. Definitely recommend an early start on Old Army Pass to get to the ridge for sunrise.
Long dayhike with JQ (her first 14er). Up new army, down old army - very nice day overall.
Army Pass is much better than New Army Pass. Over 300 feet you don't have to climb each direction.