View from switchback along Horseshoe Meadow Road (on the way up to the trailhead). In the valley below are the Alabama Hills.
Owens Dry Lake from the road
Far below us
At the Trailhead
We're heading toward Long Lake to set up camp. Camp will be just below New Army Pass.
Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead
The Cottonwood Lakes were 'around the corner' from the lake where we camped.
Golden Trout Wilderness Boundary
A new wilderness for me - we'll just pass through Golden Trout on our way up to camp.
Heading toward camp
We took the off trail route toward the South Fork lakes on the way in - there was actually trail the entire way, except for the last 1/3 mile across an exceptionally annoying boulder field.
Nice meadows and views along the way...
At the top of the hill before the boulder field we found this nice waterfall.
A dead tree among the boulders.
Sunday Morning - David, Me, and Ron before leaving for Mt. Langley. Will we still be happy when we return?
Looking back at camp on the west end of Long Lake.
Rock walls on the way up to New Army Pass.
David photographs the wall in front of us. New Army Pass is off to our right.
Trail to New Army Pass
Beautiful rockfringe along the trail.
Ron hikes up the switchbacks toward the pass.
David on the switchbacks above
Steep walls, but easy hiking.
Neat rock formations down here in the southern Sierra.
We made it to New Army Pass - only 1700 feet to go!
Mt Langley from New Army Pass
The original Army Pass is at the 'dip' in the middle
New Army Pass was built because the original Army Pass is north facing so is covered with snow most of the season. New Army is south facing and therefore clear of snow much earlier. Ron and I took new Army on the way back, but david came down Old Army and said it was fine. The problem with New Army Pass is that you have to drop 300 ft to Old Army before the climb up Langley - and you have an extra 300 ft to gain on the way back down. Ugh.
Climbing toward Langley
Rock formations at the beginning of the climb up langley.
Looking down toward Rock Creek
The unofficial but easy to follow trail up the ridge toward Langley.
Approaching the summit
As we approach to the ridge below the summit plateau the trail peters out and we each follow a random path
We take a break before the last push to the summit.
Ron knew the 'secret' to finding the class 1 route and we made it up easily. This Sky Pilot is a sign you're on the right path!
The summit about 100 feet above, viewed from the approach along the summit plateau
At the summit - 14,042 ft
David on the summit ridge
Although the approach we took was nice and easy, the east side of the peak is a sheer cliff - I stayed a few steps back because of the wind, but I couldn't help laying down and sticking my head over the edge - whooo
Mt Whitney to the north.
Mt Langley's bigger twin
Zoom in on Whitney
in the high res version the summit hut is barely visible.
Looking west from the summit
Ron, Me and David on the summit
Great Western Divide from the summit
On the hike back down I stopped for a geocache just above Army Pass
We have to climb up the hill to the ridge in the center of the photo - that is the New Army Pass 300 ft climb.
They were everywhere. But not drunk.
Trail flowers, coming down from new army pass.
Name: Rock Fringe (Epilobium Obcordatum)
Location: New Army Pass
Date: September 3, 2006
High Lake, Long Lake (camp), South Fork Lakes