Explore the most popular birding trails near Lone Pine with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We hiked this trail july 29- august 1 in the opposite direction. First day was spent at long lake where a lot of people had camped to summit mt langley. Then over new army pass the second day and into rock creek. We camped at rock creek but we should have headed to soldier lake. Oh well. Last night we spend at chicken spring lake before we hiked out the short 4 miles out the last day over cottonwood pass. Not too many mosquitoes and no ice. Great hike! The fires did spoil our views in some parts. Lakes were beautiful.

on Mount Langley

19 days ago

We did this hike 7/26. This time of year tend to get showers and lighting in mid-afternoon so starting out early gives you the best views this trail has to offer. Absolutely incredible. Camped at Lake #4 & #5 did some fishing caught some trout there for those who wish to fish. Set out from Lake # 5 via Old Army Pass to Mt. Langley summit. It is passable with a few spots were the trail scatters, but not bad at all. Again summit early before weather turns. Several hikers we passed over the few days said they were turned back due to weather change in afternoon. This happened to us 3 years ago when we attempted to summit Langley. This time our plan was a success. Worth the view. Hope this helps.

backpacking
1 month ago

If you are itching to do a 14er and failed to win the Whitney lottery this is the hike to do. It is one of my favorite hikes to date and will definitely do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

I am all about interesting rock formations and the rocks are definitely neat, but I imagine this trail is far more interesting to climbers and if viewed from the bottom (much like waterfalls that still flow -- always more impressive from below!). I may have to go back and attempt viewing from below or after some serious rains to see if I get lucky like one other reviewer.

And I must say, it is rather interesting to imagine the life and water that once flowed through this valley.

backpacking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Perfect introduction to the Whitney Zone area for me. I have extensively backpacked north of Whitney and have purposely stayed away from this area due to popularity. This trail, however, is most definitely a path less traveled and we barely saw anyone, making it a lovely weekend.

The trail starts very mellow and the gradual climb up between two immense and beautiful geological mammoths, amongst the trees and alongside a rushing Creek. It's soft on the feet for about 2 miles then it changes to quite rocky trail.

Then the trail gets very strenuous and harder to follow up to Grass lake. From Grass to Camp Lake you're tired and feeling elevation, and it's about to get harder.

We climbed up to Meysan at the outlet (difficult, steep bouldering for about 500ft up) and found a camping spot.

Breathtaking! Fishing is plentiful. We were alone and the weather was extremely pleasant. We could comfortablely hang out in our swimsuits at 4pm.

It took 6 hours to hike the 5.2 miles up, and 4 hours to get back the next day, including a detour to Grass Lake (which is equally breathtaking!).

This is a tough hike but the reward is immense : beautiful views, solitude, fish, challenging hike, cross country experience, climbing experience.

cute little place tucked in the canyon. could use better signing at the road but overall a great day trip

Awesome scenery in this loop! We did a variant wherein were cut down to South Fork Lakes, otherwise the same. All the lakes are spectacular. Chicken Spring Lake was on my list to see and it didn’t disappoint. Lower Soldier Lake was also great. Tons of fish to catch at South Fork. There was still some snow blocking the trails at both Old and New Army Passes but nothing insurmountable. Good number of mosquitos and Lower Soldier but no surprise this time of year (late June) so we had nets and spray. Some marmots about but our food was only hassled by chipmunks. Nothing proper storage didn’t fix. Would do this again for sure!

backpacking
1 month ago

Camped at high lake a couple days ago. Nice campground. No issues with marmots. Mosquitoes are vicious, so much that we summited on day two via new army pass (old army was still risky due to ice/snow) and packed up to head back down that evening due to the bugs; and fires are not allowed. That aside, beautiful scenery. Saw some deer, plenty of marmots and I finally got a good look at 4 big Horn sheep. There's ice/snow up there still but nothing you have to trek through at this point. Night temp was low 40s. Thankfully altitude didn't affect me this time like when I did Whitney. Camping at altitude, staying hydrated and keeping a comfortable pace (I feel like fatigue heightens the affects of altitude) made the difference for me. I would do it again. Have fun!

backpacking
2 months ago

Got back today. The weather was great and the meadows were still very green! Worth the trip, especially in June!

backpacking
2 months ago

This hike was so beautiful!!
We backpacked the weekend of May 26!
We had to take new army pass because old army pass isn’t maintained and I think it was covered in snow passed lake #3. We were told by the rangers that it was impassible.
New army pass has beautiful views! I loved it!! We camped at high lake which was pretty secluded because most people camped at long lake.
Unfortunately we were not able to summit due to ice at the top of the first peak. I would recommend bringing crampons or micro spikes if it’s still snowy up there! Other people made it without the spikes but it’s pretty dangerous to do so! We chose not to risk it and turned around.
Either way I still loved it and want to try again soon!

backpacking
2 months ago

Nice, gradual trail with beautiful lakes and striking mountains all around. We started out on the cottonwood lakes trail, then turned off on New Army Pass (as Old Army Pass is currently impassable). We camped overnight at High Lake (~11,500ft), the last lake before the hike to the ridge. It took us a little less than 5 hours to reach High Lake carrying fairly heavy packs. We attempted to summit mount langely this clear Sunday morning (5/27/18); however, only made it just below the ridge (~12,200ft). We didn't feel comfortable hiking the 50 or so yards up the steep icy/snow slope to the ridge without crampons. We witnessed both some hikers turn around here as well as others take the risk and make it up fine. Going up was not as much our fear as going back down it -- as the edge of the icy slope didn't look forgiving ☠️. We do not recommend doing this section without crampons, but it's totally up to you and your comfort level. As always, proceed at your own risk. Hopefully the others made it back down this section safely!

Overall, we enjoyed our overnight backpacking trip on this gorgeous trail and highly recommend. We plan to return in July or August to do Old Army Pass and summit mount langely for real this time. Enjoy and good luck!

hiking
2 months ago

Good views up to Lone Pine Peak and then back in to the valley. Unfortunately we didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to snow and tired legs from a previous hike, but well worth the effort and would do it again

2 months ago

Went in May and all the lakes were frozen over. Beautiful place, will definitely be going in July to fish.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing Hike! Completely worth it. Beautiful view of Lone Pine peak. Lots of snow still getting up to the lake. Not too difficult.

on Meysan Trail

3 months ago

Easy trail to follow pretty views and worth it

Short hike pretty views

walking
4 months ago

Pretty neat spot to stop and stretch your legs

backpacking
5 months ago

I've hiked this route about 3-4 times and love it! My favorite spot to camp is at the biggest Cottonwood lake. Beautiful! Fairly easy getting into the Cottonwood Lakes basin. The trail is nice and very easy to follow. From the lakes to the top of Langley can be a challenge. Definitely prefer Old Army pass as is detailed on this map as the trail tops out in the bottom of the pass. But I've had to go around by Long lake and up New Army pass a couple of times due to snow conditions on Old Army pass. Going that way means you have to go up and over and down from a ridge, which means on your way back down from the peak, you have a substantial uphill once again. But when the Old Army pass trail is snowed over, it's better than nothing. The last bit to the top of Langley is a scramble through the scree and route finding through the boulders. Coming down the scree field can be fun, though. Some of my best backpacking memories are from this trail.

Just did this trail, it was pretty easy. The temperature dropped as you get closer to the waterfall. Fun as you get to walk over some rocks to go over the little stream. We were worried about the unpaved road that gets you to the trailhead, but it was in good condition. Keep in mind this is unpaved so you have to go slower, but we were never worried our car would get stuck.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing

Short hike. Gorgeous views. Bring water, I visited the first week of February 2018. There was a storm coming in the distance, however it was warm. The trail is a loop. From the parking I would start at the western trail as it is the shorter route to the arch. Minimal ascents and descends. The surrounding area of Alabama hills was breathtaking. Hiking options, biking options and I believe off-road options. Oh also great boulders for climbing. Definitely coming back!

Amazing place!!! Worth the visit if you are traveling around. Easy short hike, but expect a strong cold wind during the winter time. A+++

backpacking
7 months ago

This was my first experience overnight backing packing and I absolutely loved it. Beautiful location and quite. This place made me fall in love with the back country.

Let me clear the confusion.... this is not in any way shape or form 6.8 miles out and back. Not sure where this is getting the distance.... the hike DOES NOT start from highway 190. It is not marked at all off he highway so plan ahead of time. It is called old toll road near paniment Springs. You then take the dirt road for about 2 and a quarter miles to the trailhead and it is only 1 mile to the waterfall... making it 2 miles total. Just start heading up the wash. It starts to get greener and greener the further you go. You have to cross the water a few times so wear waterproof shoes... although the water crossings itself were small.. your feet could still get wet. Learned that the hard way. Waterfall itself is very beautiful! All in all.... it is a very nice experience especially considering it’s located within one of the hottest places in the world

7 months ago

Easy and fun. We had a 3 and 6 year old. There are some drop offs so you have to keep an eye on your kids, but they had a blast climbing in and out of all the lava flow holes! Great for a stop to stretch your legs and maybe have a picnic.

Easy. Nice and scenic. Hot even in the winter. The trail is not well marked from the street. *you have to take the unpaved road for about 2 miles.

Super cute little waterfall and easy

Easy hike. The arch is very cool

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