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Mount Langley Loop via Cottonwood Pass is a 30.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

Length 30.9 mi Elevation gain 7,011 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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Taylor Henry
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HikingOff trail

Overall, a very good experience. My group of 4 including me stayed at the horseshoe meadow trailhead on Sunday, July 19th to acclimate. On Monday, July 20th we headed in using the cottonwood lakes trail. Easy day if you’re a decent hiker (you gain under 1k this first day). This night we stayed at lake 5 I believe (it’s the second northern most lake situated in a large granite bowl). Tuesday morning we hiked south and climbed new army pass. This was challenging at the time due to the fact that we had some first time backpackers in our group, although they eventually conquered their first pass. We continued west, descending then going around a large bend coming to soldier lakes. Soldier lakes (the larger and easier lake to access) has few decent camping spots. We got lucky and got the best spot at the point that juts out into the lake. This spots altitude is about as low as the trailhead so it was a nice break after the pass. Morning of Wednesday we left our tents and heavy gear and brought just some snacks and plenty of water for our summit of Langley. The trail at this point is very challenging to find (because there is no real trail). We bushwhacked and struggled to find a trail for a half mile up to the second soldier lake where the bushes opened up. We continued North/East to an open baron plateau reminiscent of the high desert where we saw big horn sheep. 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). There is a trail up this saddle. Once back on new army trail, you follow the cairns up to the summit of Langley. Langley is one of the most challenging hikes I’ve ever done. There’s a LOT of soft sand, some rock scrambling and many different paths to the summit. It’s not like Whitney. I recommend bringing a lot of snacks. I ran out and felt like death lol. Finally we summited Langley and it’s worth it. Don’t let your nerves get to you. We passed a lot of groups that gave up. We then descended all the way back to soldier lakes. I think this day (Wednesday) was something like 7k elevation change. Thursday morning we packed everything up and took the trail south that dumps you onto the southbound PCT towards chicken lake (great views). We finally reached cottonwood pass and descended all the way to horseshoe meadow. The last day we hiked out was a pretty long one (about 11-12 miles) especially if you don’t have light gear. Needless to say we were happy to be in the car. This was an awesome hike and an awesome workout. We all lost some weight lol. Have fun! Don’t forget bug spray if it’s June-August.

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Kayla B
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BackpackingBugs

July 4, 2020. Backpacking recording day 2.

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Kayla B
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BackpackingBugsNo shadeRockySnow

July 3, 2020. Backpacked. Started at Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead, New Army Pass to the summit, then down to Soldier Lake where I camped. July 4th, Siberian Pass to the PCT southbound back to the trailhead. 28.4 miles and 5,640 feet of elevation gain for both days. A tiny bit of snow on top of New Army Pass. I heard Old Army has more snow and rockfall from the recent earthquake. Deep Off Woods kept the mosquitoes at bay.

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Olivia Hernandez
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HikingScramble

Great weather! We got started at 4am and finished at 7:30pm. It’s a long hike but the start is easy stroll. Be prepared to go down and up a huge valley after you climb the switchbacks. It was multiple hikes all rolled into one. The views of Whitney at the top were breath taking. We were surprised the trail was not well marked the last two miles. The cairns help but some are far apart. ***We found a cell phone at New Army Pass trail and dropped it off at visitor’s center.***

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Ryan Chong
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Did the a two weeks ago. Still packed snow. We ended up not doing Langley, but another group went up and strongly recommended crampons with ice axes.

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Carolina Estrada
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Christopher Van Damme
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Evelyn Avalos
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Evelyn Avalos
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Prasad Papudesi
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Hiking
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David Robbins
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Gary Abrams
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Brian Wilson
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Keith Chancey
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Guerric Sloan
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Joshua Giegel
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Andrew Logue
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Steve Moore
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Andre Matthews
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Derek Phillips
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Alyssa Wright
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Randall Marrett
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