The trail IS open. We chose mountaineers route, it was pretty slow going at night due to the difficulty in trail-finding however in daylight it was much easier.

This trail IS open again. I did a guided hike (2.5 days) and glad I did. There are many technical aspects along this route and its a grind!! Summited on 7-4 with perfect conditions. We did not need crampons or ice axes up the slide nor past the notch. Very few people along the route and maybe 30 at the top late morning. Spectacular views and gratifying physical accomplishment. Happy trails!

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3 days ago

Great hike. We got lucky with amazing weather. Cottonwood lakes are amazing. We loved the view from Lake 1 and stayed there. We left at 5:30am via OAP. The trail is decently marked. There was a detour near the top to avoid a snow patch. The last 50 feet has kicked in steps that I found scary. We were wearing snow traction on our boots and made it through. We dropped our back pack on the trail at 13000 ft to lighten our load. We returned using NAP primarily to checkout NAP and secondarily because the ranger discouraged us saying NAP is safer. I found NAP similar to OAP in terms of terrain and climbing required. However, OAP is lot shorter if you are camping at cottonwood and is nicer except for the 50ft of snow. In summary if OAP is clear and doesn’t have snow it is the way to go. If you are experienced navigating snow and have the gear then OAP is an option. The views from NAP are nice and you can just hike 400 ft from OAP to see them then go back down OAP :)

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5 days ago

July 4, 2020. Backpacking recording day 2.

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5 days ago

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.

Beautiful hike! The campground is closed so you park and walk from the gate to the trailhead which adds 1.8 miles to your hike. I started at 7:15am and that timing is recommended. Little to no bugs and the trail is in great shape.

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14 days ago

Awesome trail we started 1/4 of a mile away from the actual trail head because the gate was close we camped muir lake the first day if you camp at Muir lake your likely going to have the lake all to yourself but there’s mosquitos. We camp at long lake the next day even more mosquitos and people. In the morning you should get a early rise to the summit in case of thunderstorms. Don’t go up or down old army pass because of a big snow field at the top of the pass!

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14 days ago

Hiked from Horseshoe meadows (gate is still closed, so you have to park outside the gate and walk 1 mile to actual trailhead). First night camped at Long Lake (about 6mi in). Pretty lake, several camp spots and a TON of mosquitos mostly in the hours before dusk. Next morning, started hike over new army pass towards Langley summit. New army pass only had a couple easy patches of snow left. Other hikers that went up Old Army said most the snow has melted (if you plan on coming from Cottonwood Lakes). Started off with a bunch of switchbacks up a mountain, then you descend the same mountain on the otherside. After that, you ascend the next mountain which is where Langley is. We had a hard time finding the actual trail here and made the mistake of scrambling up a loose, sandy boulder field. Anyhow we still made the summit, yay! But keep it mind going back on the trail back over New Army Pass you have to ascend the other side again. Good luck!

This is a must do hike in this area. This hike has it all very easy hiking trail beautiful views beautiful lakes and not too much extreme elevation

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19 days ago

Summit on 07/08/2018. A wonderful trail. Started at 4am but lost our way in the middle and wasted 1 hour. The last 400 ft climbing was tough but fun and the view was incredible. Summit at 1pm, saw the thunderstorm coming and encountered when just going down. Literally stayed still for 20min being afraid of hitting by thunder. But I saw one of the most beautiful view after rain. Definitely will do it again. But will be careful about the thunderstorm, which normally happens in the afternoon.

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1 month ago

Hiked in to Long Lake and spent the night. Hiked to the summit the following morning via New Army Pass which was mostly snow free except for the last 50ft which still had a very steep grade snow bank. There were steps already kicked into the snow which helped get up over the top of the pass. FYI, there was still too much snow on Old Army Pass unless you’re prepared with crampons and an ice axe.

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