Mount Langley

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Mt. Langley is the southernmost of the 14,000' peaks in California. From the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead (9,900'), hike to Cottonwood Lakes. From the 1st lake, Mt. Langley will be obvious. Most people climb via the Army Pass trail to the steep gravel heading north to the summit. It's class 1 and 2, fairly straightforeward. The summit peak is bare, with flat broken granite. One can see picturesque views of Mt. Whitney, Mt. Russell, and Mt. Williamson, plus a breathtaking view facing northwest of the vertical north face of Mt. Tyndall. The Army Pass can be dangerous if snow and ice are present, and an alternative route would be an obvious westerly slope about 1/2 mile north of Army Pass up to a cornice at the ridge. Once the ridge is gained, head north to the summit. From the ridge, this peak offers one of the best opportunities for cross country or randonee skiing to a 14,000' summit in California. Big Horn sheep have been seen in this area. Just south of Mt. Whitney, this is perhaps the 3rd easiest 14er In California to summit. An easy class 1 with some basic routefinding is needed to summit. The Views to the north are spectacular.

Elevation (feet): 14,027
Elevation (meters): 4,275
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 36.5167
Longitude: -118.3
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1864
First successful climber(s): Indians most likely/William Bellows
Nearest major airport: Los Angeles
Convenient Center: Lone Pine

Thanks to Brent Harder for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 78 trip reports for Mount Langley.

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  • Log #21564 - by Eric Skoog on Jan 04, 2009
    Easy climb up south side from Cottonwood Lakes and New Army Pass. Saw Norman Clyde's signature in the log at the top. (Rousseau, I found your day pack up there).
  • Log #12759 - by Max Pentilescu on Oct 04, 2004
    Was an hour behind the last log enterer. Spent the night at a Cottonwood Lake ... don't know which one cause I arrived at 10:00 PM and my headlamp was failing. Was tempted to try the gulley in the...
  • Log #12760 - by Rob Gannon on Oct 04, 2004
    Kerry Gorman, Chris Conlee and me. Spent Thursday night in Lone Pine, drove up to Horseshoe Meadow Friday morning and hiked up to Cottonwood Lake #3. Spent a chilly night there after which 2...
  • Log #12761 - by Powen on Aug 26, 2004
    Day 1: LonePine - HorseshoeMeadow (14 mile RT), The road to Hosreshoe Meadow is well paved, but not in very stable condition. Some segments has been shriken to one-lane due to falling rocks. The...
  • Log #12762 - by Ed and Jonathan Jones on Aug 09, 2004
    Trip #12 for me and the first for Jonathan. The skies were crystal clear and we had the mountain all to ourselves. The flowers were in bloom adding to the beauty. I recommend this trip to anyone who...
  • Log #12763 - by Scott C. Boyd on July 25, 2004
    Beautiful views and CLEAR day-could see over 80 miles in every direction including White Mountain Peak which we summited 3 days later. We backpacked to Muir Lake left about 6:30am and summited and...
  • Log #12764 - by Ed Jones on July 24, 2004
    My previous 9 climbs to Telescope were so enjoyable that I returned to the summit twice during my recent trip to the area. The best times of year to visit the summit are May and October. During the...
  • Log #12765 - by Tom Anderson on May 27, 2004
    Summited Langley on May 1st, solo. My first solo stomp. Alone, all alone. Wonderful.
  • Log #12766 - by Christy on May 17, 2004
    May 14-16, 2004: Dave and I drove down from Galt (near Sacramento) on Friday in a Subaru Legacy. Made the 9 miles easily on the unpaved road from Wildrose (hot, no shade) Campground, to Mahogany Flat...
  • Log #12767 - by JP on Mar 12, 2004
    Great experiance. We hiked in on Saturday and spent the night at the base of Old Army Pass. The trip was great since I was with my 2 best friends (T.O.D. Stevens & Homer "Homie" Tom).
  • Log #12768 - by Michael Kimmel on Jan 30, 2004
    My first 14er. All my gym paid off becuase I bagged the peak without too much difficulty. I spent the first night camped at the Lone Pine campground. Next day backpacked up to around 11,000 and...
  • Log #12769 - by Greg on Oct 10, 2003
    The weather was beautiful as we left Mahogany Flat campground around 0830. As we neared the summit there was a little wind, but not bad. It was hazy, but still saw many good views. Took 4 hours up...
  • Log #12770 - by Art McKiernan on Sep 27, 2003
    It's great to be alive!!
  • Log #12771 - by Travis Robinson on Sep 26, 2003
    Climbed via Tuttle Creek on the N.E. side. Great weather, hard climbing.
  • Log #12772 - by Don Caldwell on Sep 13, 2003
    Great Day - 3:15 via x country to Lake 5 saddle, class 3 on south facing slopes
  • Log #12773 - by JRoberts on Sep 12, 2003
    Although the books say that Mount Langley is quite easy....I found it harder than Mount Whitney. The last 1,500 feet of elevation is quite loose and gravely. Trekking poles are of a great assistance.
  • Log #12775 - by James Barlow on Sep 02, 2003
    HOT, HOT, HOT! What a dry, hot peak. I summited this one solo as my first outing when I moved to California in 2000. I am used to snow in June, not Death Valley heat. I stayed at the campsite at the...
  • Log #12776 - by Robert "Bart" Richards on Sep 01, 2003
    This was my third successful ascent. I had two unsuccessful ones. I did the roundtrip day hike in 8-1/2 hours from the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. When you're a 62 year-old grandfather (like me), it...
  • Log #12777 - by chris hoffman on Aug 08, 2003
    harder than i thought, but what a view.
  • Log #12778 - by Don Scholl on July 30, 2003
    With Avi Balsam and David Hollander. Camped at Lake 4 below Army Pass in nice spot under whitebark pine. The lakes and sites below Army pass have more foliage than those below New Army. Started out...
  • Log #12779 - by Dana Travnicek on July 14, 2003
    Backpacked to and camped at Cottonwood Lake...beautiful area. There was a full moon that weekend that lit up the sky. This is my first fourteener.
  • Log #12780 - by Paul Fenwick on July 07, 2003
    Great mountain. Probably one of my favorite. Made camp at Long Lake which in it's own is beautiful. Our route took us over New Army Pass where we encountered a snow cornice near the ridge.
  • Log #12781 - by Tim Benzedrine on June 18, 2003
    Stayed at Mahogany Flats CG the night before. Great views in the twilight. Good breezes. Alas, no water unless you hauled it in.
  • Log #12782 - by ERIC HAMMOND on May 13, 2003
  • Log #12783 - by Robert Campana on Apr 25, 2003
    I went up with my school, OVS two times. The first time wis my first backpacking trip. It was exelent!!! Since then, I have done a 90 mile backpacking trip called the "North Condor Trail,"...
  • Log #12785 - by Skip Post on Apr 03, 2003
    Began trek on the valley floor at Diaz Lake in Lone Pine, CA. Followed Diaz Creek through the Alabamas and up through John Muir Wilderness to Langley. Great views from up here! I took a little...
  • Log #12786 - by Joy on Nov 27, 2002
    What were we doing in Death Valley in August???? To escape the 120° temps of the valley and to acclimatize ourselves for Mt. Whitney 2 days later, we decided to tackle Telescope. It was a beautiful...
  • Log #12787 - by Ken Murray on Nov 26, 2002
    Led a group of 15 people on this three day trip. A pleasant trip in on friday, camping above lake 5, looking right at Old Army Pass. Started up that the next morning, and made our way to the top, in...
  • Log #12788 - by Jeff McBride on Oct 26, 2002
    Camped at Lake 3 with Ken Haguewood from Riverside. Cold and Clear conditions, 18F, at 6am. Took Old Army Pass route, some snow on trail, but no problem. This was our first trip to Langley.
  • Log #12789 - by chad nelson on Oct 23, 2002
    Camped at Lake 5 the night before. Headed out with Wade Thompson (also of San Clemente) under clear and cool conditions around 10:00am. Scrambled up the winter route NW of Lake 5. Slogged through the...
  • Log #12790 - by Ed Jones on Oct 22, 2002
    This mountain is so wonderful that I returned to make my 8th trip on October 15, 2002. Met Robert Picken (from LA) at the trailhead and we hiked to the summit together. The weather was also very nice...
  • Log #12791 - by Pete van Nuys on Sep 16, 2002
    Steve Yates, his 12 year old son Zac, fellow Boy Scout Jeremy Fleischman, and I summited yesterday via the SE Ridge. We returned via Army Pass, and after witnessing the schlogfest most hikers suffer...
  • Log #12792 - by David Springer on Sep 03, 2002
    Five members of BSA Troop 438 from La Mirada, CA found the top on a windless August afternoon. Camped at Long Lake, approached Langley from New Army Pass. Old Army pass is definitely shorter....
  • Log #12793 - by Philip T. Halapin on Aug 07, 2002
    Left Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead @ 6 am. Easy 90 min. stroll to Old Army Pass which is easy to locate at NW end of last of Cottonwood Lakes. Then very steep ascent to crest of pass.
  • Log #12794 - by John W. Love on July 24, 2002
    Began climb from Lower Soldier Lake as a day-hike/climb. Bring lots of water and wear boots on this climb to keep the granite sand out of your shoes! (2 lit. minimum). Spectacular views this day with...
  • Log #12795 - by Harry Langenbacher on June 26, 2002
    Sat. June 22, 2002. Solo from Chicken Springs Lake in 5 hours. Camped overnight on summit. Found the class 1 route at the far left of the bluffs on the south side of the summit - it was steep and...
  • Log #12796 - by Ken Halama on June 24, 2002
    A friend (from Davis)and I summitted Langley under clear skies. We camped at Horseshoe Meadow and did the entire hike in one day. Some class 3 climbing is required to attain the summit plateau. The...
  • Log #12797 - by Henry on June 10, 2002
    (6/9/2002 Trail condition update. Our group didn't attempt the summit, but the following is what we have seen and told on the weekend of 6/8.) Old Army Pass is still covered with plenty of snow....
  • Log #12798 - by Joseph Pontisso on May 30, 2002
    A 2 year plan comes to fruition! Hiked to Cirque Lake thurs. evening, 3 miles cross country. Noone around, on Mem. Day weekend!!!!!!! Climbed New Army Pass Sat.
  • Log #12799 - by Romain Wacziarg on May 17, 2002
    Great trip in the early season - there was not a soul in the Cottonwood Lakes Basin the whole time we were there. We (Sven Feldmann and I) went up the main chute of Old Army Pass. The trail (if any...
  • Log #12800 - by Richard Rubacher on May 16, 2002
    Words of wisdom, lets see. I believe the peak was named as such because of the outstanding views from the top. Read that somewhere and it seems obvious. Try tackling this mug from Badwater as some...
  • Log #12801 - by Richard Rubacher on May 16, 2002
    This is a story about the one that got away. Wow! Awesome backpacking though. We started out from the trailhead, intending to summit Mt. Langley and head over to Whtiney via Sky-Blue Lake and the...
  • Log #12802 - by Blake Hinman on May 06, 2002
    Left So.Cal and drove to the trail head and then off to Cottonwood Lakes to camp. The hike in consisted of light snow and winds 20-30 mph with gusts. It snowed lightly till midnight. At 6 am when we...
  • Log #12803 - by Peter Bruce on Apr 12, 2002
    The most rewarding hike that I've ever done. Started out from Lone Pine, CA and began the hike at 10:00 from Mahogany Flats Campground. There was intermittent snow and ice on the trail (thanks to...
  • Log #12804 - by Brad Bryant on Feb 07, 2002
    Horseshoe Meadow Road is an adventure in itself. The trailhead parking lot has nice camp sites for about $6.00 a night. Easy and enjoyable hike into Cottonwood lakes gaining only about 1200 feet over...
  • Log #12805 - by Joe aka Mtflyer on Sep 24, 2001
    Day hiked from Horseshoe Meadow up Old Amry Pass and on to the summit. Most of hike was fairly easy, with only the last mile and half or so being hard because it was steep and sandy. Time up seven...
  • Log #12806 - by Travis Bushman on Sep 24, 2001
    Had a great weekend. Hiked in on to the lakes on Saturday morning and had the rest of the afternoon to flyfish. We caught a lot of golden trout in the 6-10 inch range and had an absolute blast. Woke...
  • Log #12807 - by Bill Kulik on Sep 19, 2001
    Camped at Cottonwood Lk #5. Went over Old Army Pass with packs as we continued on to Whitney after. Stashed packs at pass and continued on to summit. Not a difficult summit.
  • Log #12808 - by Mark Jansen on Sep 07, 2001
    A great weekend. We spent the first night in the parking lot. The second night at Muir lake. Summitted the next day.
  • Log #12809 - by Eric Shoquist on Sep 06, 2001
    First day trip into Cottonwood Lakes was great, beautiful meadows, streams, and not too much of climb. Stayed by Lake #4. We left the next day up Army pass. Definately the way to go.
  • Log #12810 - by Simon Rose on Sep 03, 2001
    Just came back, Made the summit on 9-01-01. Fun peak. The hike in was cake, The lakes are a nice end to the day.The best camp sites are around lake 5.
  • Log #12811 - by Henry on Aug 22, 2001
    Six of us camped near 4th Lake and summitted in the morning. It was totally cloudless and cool on the way up. After we summitted, high clouds (really high) rolled in, which only enhanced the...
  • Log #12812 - by Aura Luna-Escudero on Aug 19, 2001
    Wonderful, but challenging experience. Seven of us summited the top in 7 hours after getting lost from the basin of the 5th lake to the top. Two of our friends, Sergio Islas and Nelly Camacho got...
  • Log #12813 - by Paul Burger on Aug 13, 2001
    A scenic trail hike up to the top of new army pass. We camped at the bottom of the pass just below high lake, summited the next day and hiked out again. From the top of new army pass the trail is not...
  • Log #12814 - by Gene Anzano on July 20, 2001
    A very scenic hike! Trail wasn't too obvious above the Army pass plateau: ended up following some people around to the east face, leading up to a class 3 chute. If you don't mind and/or are fit to...
  • Log #12815 - by Art McCarthy on June 27, 2001
    The hike through Cottonwood Lakes was awesome. Very beautiful country. Brian Peterson and I set up basecamp on a bluff above the last Cottonwood Lake. We climbed Langley via the East-Southeast Ridge...
  • Log #12816 - by Kelly Harriger on Mar 23, 2001
    Fun peak, great training hike for other, steeper and longer one-day ascents. October of 1999 I took off alone about 7 a.m. from the parking lot in some funky weather and hit the summit just after 12...
  • Log #12817 - by James Barlow on Mar 11, 2001
    Langley was a great peak and my first 14er. I tried it in June, via the east couloir to the ESE ridge, but got to 13,600 feet or so, and was turned back by lightning and thunder, and made my way back...
  • Log #12818 - by Cynthia Bergantz-Stampfli on Jan 09, 2001
    We thought this peak would be a great way to finish up our first year of peakbagging. Conditions were beautiful, lots of warm sunshine and no need for crampons or an ice axe - there was almost no...
  • Log #12819 - by Mark McLain on Jan 08, 2001
    Weather was cool with a few clouds blowing in on occasion from the south. Wind gusts at about 30+ mph. My friend and I did the mountain as a dayclimb. We went in via NewArmy Pass and returned via Old...
  • Log #12821 - by Jared Sexty on Jan 08, 2001
    I was climbing a few peaks out there. This one is like climbing to the top ot the sand castle. Cool knobby rocks on top. A great choice for beginning climbers/hikers.
  • Log #12822 - by Kirk Hess on Jan 08, 2001
    See my website for the details!
  • Log #12823 - by Stan Sattelberg on Oct 05, 2000
    My first and only time on Langley. Started over Old Army Pass and after the hike up to the Langleysummit, we coninued north over Arc pass to climb Whitney. John Ross, celebrated his 18th birthday on...
  • Log #12824 - by mike on Oct 02, 2000
    Dave and I drove up Friday night and set up camp for hike on Saturday (Sept. 23rd) Plenty of cars in the parking lot but few people to be seen. We gazed at the stars a few minutes before we turned in...
  • Log #12825 - by Larry Pruitt on Aug 22, 2000
    Accompanied by Bakersfield triathlete Brent Boyce, we made our approach from Cottonwood Lakes via the Old Army Pass trail then to the summit. This was my first fourteener and Brent's third. We both...
  • Log #12826 - by Ed Dorsey on Aug 21, 2000
    A great three day trip. Mike Garcia and I hiked/climbed the peak in a three day, two night trip. Both nights spent at Cottonwood Lake #3, which provided a nice setting and hiking warm-up prior to...
  • Log #12827 - by eric hegwer on Aug 03, 2000
    Visit my site for a complete story
  • Log #12828 - by Thomas Nelson on July 31, 2000
    Summited this morning at 9 AM. It was a beautiful day with incredible views of next weekend's objectives: Mount Whitney and Mount Muir. My party and I had the mountain to ourselves and didn't see a...
  • Log #12829 - by Joel D. Goldberg on July 17, 2000
    The first time up, we were caught off guard by the snow covered Old Army Pass and made a steep climb to stay on the rock. The Second time was a relatively easy talus scramble from Long Lake. Since...
  • Log #12830 - by John Strickland on July 13, 2000
    We were stupid enough to try to climb over Old Army Pass during Memorial Day Weekend when I had tried to climb over it the same weekend one year prior and turned around. This year, we had ice axes...
  • Log #12831 - by Kathy on June 02, 2000
    Great weekend hike from Los Angeles
  • Log #12832 - by Lee Fenyves on May 31, 2000
    First time ascent of Telescope Peak. Picture perfect day, mid 80's, breezy, maybe a cloud or two in the sky. Mount Whitney very visible to the west and the Death Valley floor to the east. Started my...
  • Log #12833 - by Jared & Will Sexty on May 30, 2000
    Big ol' gravel hill. Stoked to camp in the parking lot though.
  • Log #12834 - by Ken Murray on May 30, 2000
    A very nice two day solo climb. First day, a noon-hike from trailhead to Lake 4. Next day, dawn scramble up the chute to the north-west side of the basin, past lake 5. Talking to others who climbed...
  • Log #12835 - by Kirk Hess on May 30, 2000
    A wonderful 2 day adventure. Camped near the East end of lake 11,186, in the Cottonwood Lakes area. Went up Old Army Pass and summited on a beautiful cold, crisp morning. On the way back from the...
  • Log #12837 - by Brent Harder on Jan 03, 2000
    Nick Soelberg and I summited Mt. Langley in June with so much snow that we climbed it with skis. Mt Shasta and Mt. Langley are the two perfect California 14,000' peaks to climb and decend on skis.
  • Log #12838 - by Chris Francoeur on Sep 21, 1999
    The first summit with Dad in 25 years! Spent one night at High Lake and then went up New Army Pass to gain the high plateau and then summit. Came back the same way but spent a second relaxing night...
  • Log #12839 - by MICAEL GAVALETZ on Aug 23, 1999
    Great two day trip camping at long lake(or one of the many other lakes in the immmediate area)via new army pass,which is a longer route than old army pass.took 6 hours from camp to summit. Most time...