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Cottonwood Lakes to Mt Langley 14k

August 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - August 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm


Mount Langley is one of the easiest of California’s fourteeners to climb. A hiking trail starts at nearby Horseshoe Meadow, at an elevation of about 10,000 feet (3,048 m), passes scenic Cottonwood Lakes, and climbs through New Army Pass. From there hikers travel cross-country to Old Army Pass, where they may pick up the recently constructed Class 1 Mount Langley Trail. Hikers follow a series of large rock cairns for the two mile push to the summit, which includes a short, 20 foot class 3 scramble to the summit. New Army Pass is 7 miles (11 km) from the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadow and is an easier but longer approach to Langley than Old Army Pass.

Due to the elevation, both passes are covered with snow most of the year. New Army Pass sits on a south-facing slope and it tends to clear of snow somewhat earlier in the season. Old Army Pass is only clear of snow for less than two months per year, from mid-August to early October.

Trail Stats
Mileage: 20+ Miles Round Trip
Trip Elevation Gain:
First Day 1529 Ft
Second Day 2887 FT
Level: Strenuous

(We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip. )

RSVP opens TBD (you will be put on a waiting list, we will contact you via meetup message. If you do not respond to our message, we will go to the next person on the waiting list.

Simple rules
$50 deposit ($40 refundable) NO EXCEPTIONS
Limited to 10 people.
Not a beginner trip .


Active members with good standing have priority.
We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if we don’t feel the mix of personalties would work on this particular trip.

This is a NO FLAKE EVENT. You must let me know 30 days before the event if you must cancel or you will lose your deposit. For safety reasons, we must know who is going. For logistics, a lot of planning is involved. Please be courteous and update your reservation if your plans have changed.
Flaking an event will go on your permanent record.

Please CHECK the comments for updates regularly.
Check your messages.
If we can’t get a hold of you, you will lose your spot

More Info coming
Day 1 (Hike from Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground to Lake 4-5 setup basecamp)

Start hiking 2pm.
About 5.5hrs of Daylight to get to camp.
Milage: 7 miles
Ascent: +1529
Descent: -379
Max Elevation 11,228′
Min Elevation 10,036′

Day 2 (Leave early to Summit Mt Langley 14,026′)
Take Old Army Pass (Depending on condition of the trail)
Early morning to Summit. (6am trail start) Avoid afternoon thunderstorms
Milage: 6 miles
Ascent: +2818
Descent: -2818
Max Elevation 14,026′
Min Elevation 11,234′

DISCLAIMER: San Diego Backpackers is not a commercial or an organized travel group. We are amateur hikers with a love of the outdoors.

Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let’s all have fun! This is an intermediate hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren’t professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and…We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.


August 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am
August 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm


San Diego Backpackers


Horseshoe Meadow
36.452156, -118.170472
Lone Pine, CA US
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