Mount Langley is a 18.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lone Pine, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October.
Hard. I recommend you get used to the elevation first before going all the way up. The body is getting less oxygen so everything- moving climbing hiking lifting- are harder. Lots of wildlife on this trail.
Even though it rained on our hike in, this was an excellent hike and a great experience. Breaking it up into a 3 day backpacking trip made for good acclimatization and very enjoyable trek.
Difficult. If the distance doesn't get you then the elevation gain at the end might. If you feel good going into the final ascent, make sure altitude sickness isn't slowly settling in.
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL HIKE the entire way through. We started at the New Pass Trail to the peak and saw Mt. Whitney.
We changed up the way back and took the gnarly switchbacks to and through The Cottonwood lakes, all the way back to the car at the campsite.
If weather is good (absolutely NO snow or ice) I highly recommend looping through Cottonwood lakes.
All in all a great an exhausting day :)
2nd 14ner in a week. Much more peaceful than Whitney. Less crowds, great camping. Caught some fish. Hiked to Lake 3, set up camp. Summit the next day. Saw a herd of Bighorns on the way to summit. We went the Old Army pass, shorter, and the trail was in good shape.
Took 2 days (July 24-25, 2015) - The weather was perfect both days. We camped at High Lake and started up New Army Pass before sunrise. Views were stunning all the way to the summit - Long Lake, Cottonwood Lakes, great Western Divide and Mount Whitney to name a few. Made it from the base of New Army to the summit in about 3 hours. Well worth it to hike this 14er.
Great views and a good hike to the top. Mostly class 1 with a very small section of class 2. On our way down we saw about 14 or so big horn sheep. We base camped at Long Lake another beautiful place.
You have to put in some pretty significant mileage for a dayhike – about 6 hours up and hours down in August. The scenery around the luxuriant grasslands of Horseshoe Meadow and the Cottonwood Lakes Basin is gorgeous.
Easy hike through Cottonwood Lakes and New Army Pass, but the painful part was hiking through scree field from the base of Mt. Langley to its summit. Beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife viewing and good fishing.
Hiking Mt. Langley was on my list for a while. Completed it in mid August as a multi-day trip. Drove in and hiked to Cottonwood Lake 2 to camp. Climbed Langley the next day as a day hike. Started leisurely at 9:30am, summited at 2:30pm via New Army and headed back via Old Army. I really would recommend a multi-day trip because the views are just incredible and its refreshing to just stand (or sit) and take it all in.
June 29th 1230am start 230pm finish. 24 mile lollipop route up new army pass to summit and down army pass. Army pass had snow in three spots with big boot tracks that made crossing easy in the afternoon, could be icy in the am. Long sandy slog to the summit block where the trail disappears and it's just boot tracks everywhere. We ended up heading straight up over some tricky class 3 sections with some exposure. Better routes can be found further left (west). It's a very long day hike, including extra mileage to the south fork lakes.
Really enjoyed this trip. Did it in early October after the first good sized snowfall. Camped at Cottenwood Lake #3 and used Old Army Pass, with ice on the trail. Kept it interesting. Found a herd of bighorn sheep on the trail and fresh footsteps of a mountain lion near the peak in the fresh snow. Memorable hike in all regards.
As the prior reviewer mentioned, Langley is a great alternative to Whitney without the crowds.
This is a great Hiking alternative to Mt. Whitney with far fewer people.
The first few miles from the cottonwood lakes trailhead is very easy with very little elevation gain,
and was a little rocky up to the pass, the next couple of miles is quite nice up to the final summit push where some scrambling is required to reach the top.
We went up via Old Army Pass and retuned via New Army Pass for a 25 mile Lolipop loop.