New Army Pass is 7 miles (11 km) from the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadow and is an easier but longer approach to Langley than Old Army Pass via Cottonwood Lakes Trail. July 4, 2020. Driving up from Lone Pine, we started the weekend with a night camping at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. The existing page you sent a link for is Mt. Make sure to subscribe to receive notifications of new posts by email. Crossing the bolder field right after passing by Lake #1 and #2 in the Cottonwood Lakes area. Day 1 -- Horseshoe Meadow to Soldier Lake via Cottonwood Pass 10.49 miles 1899’ elevation gain 7:35 hiking time Starting Pack weight ~47lbs (2L water) The night before starting the backpack we headed up to the Horseshoe Meadows trailhead, at 9940’ it's a nice spot to get acclimated to the high elevation campsites we'd stay at on this trip. Mount Langley via Old Army Pass. Descended via New Army Pass. Cottonwood Lakes This trail through lake-filled Cottonwood Basin provides a 10-mile round trip day hike to Long Lake and a 7.5-miles one-way trek to New Army Pass a 12,300-foot gateway to the eastern Sierra including nearby Mount Langley. with Nich. The trail at this point is very challenging to find (because there is no real trail). Le sentier offre plusieurs activités et sa meilleure utilisation est de juillet à octobre. : Old Cottonwood Creek Trail This 8 to 9-mile day hike follows a secluded trail through mountain meadows to the South Fork Lakes and Cirque Lake. After Trailmaster, we bivouaced in the saddle between it and Peak 12,525. Langley via Cottonwood Pass. Cottonwood Lakes Campground to Mount Langley via New Army Pass to Long Lake. This night we stayed at lake 5 I believe (it’s the second northern most lake situated in a large granite bowl). Langley in a day via Old Army; Mount Langley 2014; Mt Langley via New Army; Langley Via ESE Ridge 6/08; Tuttle Creek Route: Hyde and Jekyll on Mt. Cottonwood Pass Trail Starting from the end of Horseshoe Meadows Road,the trail over Cottonwood Pass goes to the northern portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness . Langley via Cottonwood Pass. Length 19.5 miElevation gain 5124 ftRoute type Out & back Due to the elevation, both passes are covered with snow most of the year. : Old Cottonwood Creek Trail This 8 to 9-mile day hike follows a secluded trail through mountain meadows to the South Fork Lakes and Cirque Lake. We bushwhacked and struggled to find a trail for a half mile up to the second soldier lake where the bushes opened up. Hey yall, gonna be doing a multi night trip in the Sierra's. Started at Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead, New Army Pass to the summit, then down to Soldier Lake where I camped. August 2018 - most of California was on fire so we just drove to the Inyo National Forest Eastern Sierra Visitor Center and asked what we could hike to avoid fires and smoke. Hi, I’m Drew. good times Show 5 More Check-Ins Nov 17, 2018 Troy Kutch. We got lucky and got the best spot at the point that juts out into the lake. It was 9.2 miles round trip. Mount Langley Loop via Cottonwood Pass [CLOSED] is a 30.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. There is also a section for RVs on the other end of the lot for those with horses using the equestrian center. This is a moderate one way trail to Mount Langley in John Muir Wilderness. For this 20 mile round trip hike, I made my way back up to Lone Pine and the Eastern Sierra. Mount Langley, California — Looking for a spectacular high-altitude day hike in the Southern Sierra? Langley. Read more about me…. You'll get the latest gear reviews, hiking guides, and trip guides as soon as I publish them. Le sentier longe un lac et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. This trail goes by Horseshoe Meadow Campground, Cottonwood Lake #1, Cottonwood Lake #2, Long Lake, High Lake, New Army Pass, and Old Army Pass. I ran out and felt like death lol. Mt. Read about this hike here: http://trailtopeak.com/2015/09/21/hiking-to-the-14026ft-summit-of-mt-langley-via-cottonwood-lakes/ The clear skies and warm air allowed us to take off our packs and take in the views. At 14,032 feet, Mount Langley is the southernmost of the California fourteeners. Easy day if you’re a decent hiker (you gain under 1k this first day). Mount Langley Loop via Cottonwood Pass [FERMÉ] est un sentier en boucle de 30.9 miles peu fréquenté situé près de Lone Pine, Californie. Much of the trail is loose gravel with larger rocks in places, but the trail is nonetheless very easy to follow. We all lost some weight lol. We continued west, descending then going around a large bend coming to soldier lakes. Mount Langley is located just south of the Mount Whitney hike and is the southernmost California fourteener in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. There is no right or wrong way, just the way you choose. Mt. Cottonwood Lake No.1 is the smallest and least impressive of the bunch, it’s also the furthest from the trail. Lakes no. From there, the trail climbs to the summit of Langley at 14,026ft. Mt. You then need to conquer about a thousand foot saddle linking you back up to new army trail (about where we were after summiting new army pass). In the snow, the route can be deadly (and even without snow, it's pretty treacherous). Langley, FA, Sep 5-6, 1999; Mt. Driving up from Lone Pine, we started the weekend with a night camping at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. Langley from Horseshoe Meadows, is that the trailhead sits at 10,000ft! The hiker, traveler, and gearhead behind Trail to Peak. Mount Langley is one of the easiest California Fourteeners to climb if the Army Pass route is chosen. Up The East-Southeast Ridge and Down Army Pass. Small streams meander through tree-rimmed meadows in this wilderness area named for California's state fish, the Golden Trout. High Camp on Mt Langley is most often set up in the Cottonwood Lakes area for those who choose to make a two day or more outing for climbing Mount Langley. : ( Maybe next year. Great weather! Length 57.1 miElevation gain 13353 ftRoute type Out & … Mount Langley — Cottonwood Lakes Loop. If you choose to wear low top shoes without gaiters (like I did), prepare to have a lot of grit to remove once you reach the summit. by Andy Lewicky | SierraDescents.com The paved Horseshoe Meadows road winds its way up the sheer east side of the Sierra from Lone Pine and Owens Valley to the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead, nearly 10,000 feet in elevation. Tzu-Jung Lee 4 years, 2 months ago Horseshoe Meadow Campground to Mount Langley, CA, USA. Timberline Trails gives and excellent break down of taking this trail up “Old Army It’s rare to get sustained conditions like these above 14,000 feet. Are you an … 26 Miles Backpacking and Summiting Mount Langley Via Cottonwood Lakes Trail and New Army Pass; North Arete of Mt. The trail continues to the left of the second lake (apparently unnamed) and to the right of Cottonwood 3 (very long) lake. Don’t forget bug spray if it’s June-August. Located in California's beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Inyo National Forest offers challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and unparalleled views. As you travel along the access road, be on the lookout in a few miles (3.1) for Horseshoe Meadows Road on the left. Alternate Routes. Cottonwood Lakes Campground to Mount Langley is a 19.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. I launched this blog to inspire readers to get outside and explore. No.2 and No.3 are a lot more impressive and the trail takes you right up to the water. Needless to say we were happy to be in the car. Langley. I think this day (Wednesday) was something like 7k elevation change. JohnDavis 4 years ago Cottonwood / Langley. The weather was incredible. We then descended all the way back to soldier lakes. Backpacked. Hey yall, gonna be doing a multi night trip in the Sierra's. Once back on new army trail, you follow the cairns up to the summit of Langley. I can imagine the camping here is spectacular. Langley via Old Army Pass - 8/5/13 **This trip report is for Mt. There are around 20 campsites, of which only 5 or 6 stood occupied. 4 and 5 appear shortly after climbing out from alongside lake no. Hiking To The 14,026ft Summit of Mt. Read about this hike here: http://trailtopeak.com/2015/09/21/hiking-to-the-14026ft-summit-of-mt-langley-via-cottonwood-lakes/ We made it to over 13200 feet before a big storm chased us off of the mountain. The amazing thing about hiking to Mt. Felt harder than Mt Whitney via trail. We choose to go right (north) and traveled the way of Cottonwood Lakes and reached the summit plateau via Old Army Pass. The eastern approach via Cottonwood Lakes is the most popular route. Mount Whitney via Cottonwood Lakes is a 57.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Langley in a day via Old Army; Mount Langley 2014; Mt Langley via New Army; Langley Via ESE Ridge 6/08; Tuttle Creek Route: Hyde and Jekyll on Mt. Dave G and I hiked to Cottonwood Pass, then turned north on the ridge to Trailmaster. There’s a LOT of soft sand, some rock scrambling and many different paths to the summit. This trail goes by Cottonwood Lake #1, Cottonwood Lake #2, Long Lake, New Army Pass, and Old Army Pass. It starts off fairly level then descends a bit to the golden trout camp area. Going to start with Cottonwood Pass to Chicken lake to do some fishing for the day, and finish at Soldier Lake for the overnight. We were surprised the trail was not well marked the last two miles. Mt Langley is named after Samuel Pierpont Langley, but it was most likely first climbed by the Indians. Started at 8.15am from our camp, reached the summit around 12.30pm and we're back at the camp by 4.15pm. Took New Army Pass because Old Army was full of snow. The last day we hiked out was a pretty long one (about 11-12 miles) especially if you don’t have light gear. This trail goes by Horseshoe Meadow Campground, Cottonwood Lake #1, Cottonwood Lake #2, Long Lake, High Lake, New Army Pass, and Old Army Pass. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until November. 26 Miles Backpacking and Summiting Mount Langley Via Cottonwood Lakes Trail and New Army Pass; North Arete of Mt. August 2018 - most of California was on fire so we just drove to the Inyo National Forest Eastern Sierra Visitor Center and asked what we could hike to avoid fires and smoke. © 2020 AllTrails, Inc. Tous droits réservés. Like Add to a list They like: Ow, nobody faved, yet. Having climbed Mt Langley three times, I consider it along with Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Tuesday morning we hiked south and climbed new army pass. There were close to 10 people perched atop the summit with similar ideas. Langley via NAP . Don’t let your nerves get to you. To the right (north) leads to the Old Army Pass and the Cottonwood Lakes basin. At the southern end of the John Muir Wilderness lies the southernmost 14er in California, Mt. Morning of Wednesday we left our tents and heavy gear and brought just some snacks and plenty of water for our summit of Langley. Mount Langley is the 9th tallest mountain in California and one of three California 14ers that can be accessed via a Class-1 hiking trail which makes it one of the easiest California 14ers to the summit. Langley provides a great view of the south Sierra in all directions from the summit, including the Mount Whitney group, the Great Western Divide, Olancha Peak, and Owen's Valley. The views of Whitney at the top were breath taking. Much of the ground is very soft with gravel that gives way beneath your feet. It was multiple hikes all rolled into one. Mt Langley. It was a pleasant treat after hiking though rain, hail, and wind on our way to the summit of Mt. Old army pass has lot of loose rocks. Andy Lewicky | SierraDescents.com. Mount Langley via Horseshoe Meadows is an excellent choice. Long hike, never thought it would end! 1. Overall, a very good experience. I drove up on Friday night, and slept in my car in order to start at 4:45 AM. High Camp on Mt Langley is most often set up in the Cottonwood Lakes area for those who choose to make a two day or more outing for climbing Mount Langley. This is a difficult one way trail to Mount Langley in Sequoia National Park. It begins at the Horseshoe Meadow parking lot at an elevation of 10,000 feet. About 0.5 Miles after starting your trek through the boulder field you will come across the drainage from Long Lake into the South Fork Lakes area. ***We found a cell phone at New Army Pass trail and dropped it off at visitor’s center.***. Cottonwood Lakes This trail through lake-filled Cottonwood Basin provides a 10-mile round trip day hike to Long Lake and a 7.5-miles one-way trek to New Army Pass a 12,300-foot gateway to the eastern Sierra including nearby Mount Langley. Finally we summited Langley and it’s worth it. On Monday, July 20th we headed in using the cottonwood lakes trail. Mount Langley Loop via Cottonwood Pass [FERMÉ] est un sentier en boucle de 30.9 miles peu fréquenté situé près de Lone Pine, Californie. Even though the parking lot was rather full, the campground was remarkably quiet. There is a trail up this saddle. As the sun set, the air grew crisp and cold, and a glowing moon shot through the trees to stand bright overhead. A tiny bit of snow on top of New Army Pass. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Going to start with Cottonwood Pass to Chicken lake to do some fishing for the day, and finish at Soldier Lake for the overnight. We got started at 4am and finished at 7:30pm. The cairns help but some are far apart. I heard Old Army has more snow and rockfall from the recent earthquake. This trail goes by Cottonwood Lake #1, Cottonwood Lake #2, Long Lake, New Army Pass, and Old Army Pass. Have fun! Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). The southern trail that goes to the left will take you to the New Army Pass and South Fork Lakes. Now Mt Langley is no longer visible because the basin of the fifth lake blocks the view. Langley via Old Army Pass, a route that I absolutely do not recommend trying unless you're 100% certain the trail is completely free of snow and ice. We reached the summit of Mt. Our trail took us through the Golden Trout Wilderness and the main approach is … This trail goes by Cottonwood Lake #1, Cottonwood Lake #3, Cottonwood Lake #4, and Old Army Pass. This is a difficult one way trail to Mount Langley in Sequoia National Park. The first white man to ascend the peak was William Bellows in 1864. Be prepared to go down and up a huge valley after you climb the switchbacks. © 2014-2020 - Trailtopeak.com - All Rights Reserved. We passed a lot of groups that gave up. 3. We finally reached cottonwood pass and descended all the way to horseshoe meadow. It is the southernmost fourteener, and the most desert-like of the Sierra Nevada fourteeners. Still packed snow. It makes for a very pleasant morning walk, winding past the 5 Cottonwood Lakes, sun burnt yellow grass, and silver granite all around. Did the a two weeks ago. The amazing thing about hiking to Mt. Langley via the "Old Army Pass" and mine is via the "New Army Pass." The trail fractures and all that’s left to navigate is a series of large cairns. This was an awesome hike and an awesome workout. Mount Langley is a surprise, being easy enough that a trail takes you most of the way to the summit, but remote enough that we didn’t encounter a soul anywhere in the Cottonwood Lakes basin. We continued North/East to an open baron plateau reminiscent of the high desert where we saw big horn sheep. Luckily, there are boulders of various sizes all the way up to rock-hop without having to worry about your footing. We woke up at 4AM to get an early start on the Cottonwood Lakes trail, we also wanted to time things up to see the sun rise when we arrived at the first lake. Lief 4 years, 1 month ago Horseshoe Meadow Campground to Mount Langley, Inyo County, CA, USA . My group of 4 including me stayed at the horseshoe meadow trailhead on Sunday, July 19th to acclimate. We ended up not doing Langley, but another group went up and strongly recommended crampons with ice axes. Next morning we climbed Peak 12,525, Cirque Peak, and Mt. Even though a trip to the summit and back can be accomplished in one hard day (by those in excellent shape), packing in and establishing a camp in the Cottonwood Lakes area is a much better way to enjoy your experience on the mountain. Mount Langley 14,042' 18.5mi Sep 22, 2019 William Nicolas. We met a group who had been camping right alongside Lake no.2, and we saw at least 5 or 6 tents around lake no.3, many of which had dogs. In fact the trail for the Old Army Pass splits from my route after roughly 2.5 mile from the trailhead, and it joins it back again 3 miles from the summit. As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. Even though a trip to the summit and back can be accomplished in one hard day (by those in excellent shape), packing in and establishing a camp in the Cottonwood Lakes area is a much better way to enjoy your experience on the mountain. This is a moderate one way trail to Mount Langley in John Muir Wilderness. Felt OK until the grade kicked up meaningfully at ~13,000'. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. This Saturday I finished hike number 49/52 for the 52 Hike Challenge in 2015. The trailhead sits above 10,000ft and allows for a few hours of acclimatizing. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The trailhead sits above 10,000ft and allows for a few hours of acclimatizing. I walked out of the tent first to grab our things from the bear locker when I realized what a spectacular sky shone above me. Thursday morning we packed everything up and took the trail south that dumps you onto the southbound PCT towards chicken lake (great views). Langley after more than 10 miles and just over 5 hours of hiking. Next time we make it out this way, we’ll do an overnighter with Isla alongside one of the Cottonwood Lakes. We arrived at the grounds around 6pm, set up our tent, and prepared our packs for Mt. See park page for more information. Day two is to climb and summit Langley then come back down New Army pass and camp at either Long Lake or one of the cottonwood lakes. This spots altitude is about as low as the trailhead so it was a nice break after the pass. After climbing up from Old Army pass and into Sequoia Forest Area, the landscape begins to take on a moonlike quality, leaving behind the beautiful landscape of colors below. The first seven miles of the Cottonwood Lakes trail is nearly flat, gaining only 1000ft of elevation. Backpacking recording day 2. GadgetgirlClick 7 years ago Mount Langley (9/21/13, 2:27:36AM) Elevation Profile. Was thinking of tagging Cirque Peak on the way back but was too spent. You get a nice high start, and the trail is excellent. You may have already done this mountain and know that the two different routes are quite different. 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