Welcome to this edition of
California Mountain Adventures!!
In this adventure @doverland and I explored Cottonwood Lakes basin, climbed Cirque peak, explored Soldier lakes and Miter basin, and climbed to over 14,000' elevation on the summit of Mt. Langley!!
@doverland and I drove up Route 395 to Lone Pine, got our permits at the ranger station, and then headed up into the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains to the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows. We got our packs all put together and then headed up Cottonwood creek. The trail climbed up fairly gradually into the Cottonwood lakes basin. We hiked passed lake #1 and #2 and then continued up to Long lake where we made our first camp. After setting up camp I had some fun catching some Brook trout in the lake before making dinner and heading into the tent for the first night.
The trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows
Cottonwood Lakes basin
Arriving at Long lake
Cirque peak from Long lake
Dusk at Long lake
The next morning we continued up the trail passed High lake and up to New Army pass. We left our gear at the pass and made the side trip up to the summit of Cirque peak(12,900')! The approach was kinda long but fairly easy. And the views from the summit were really awesome! Overlooking almost all of the Cottonwood lakes. After enjoying the summit we headed back to the pass, picked up our gear, and then dropped down the northwest side of the pass to the Soldier lakes. We made our second camp at the lowest Soldier lake and then I had some fun catching more fish!
Passing High lake
Me on Cirque peak
Dropping down the backside of New Army pass
Arriving at lower Soldier lake
Our camp at lower Soldier lake
The next day we left our camp setup and went to explore the Miter basin. We climbed over the Major General's southwest ridge and into the basin. We crossed the basin and then climbed up to Iridescent lake. We had some lunch there and then crossed the east face of the Miter and over to Sky Blue lake. After another short break there we headed back across the basin and back over to our camp at the lower Soldier lake. When we got back we decided to pack up our camp and climb up to the uppermost Soldier lake and re-setup our camp there so we could get a little head start on our big climb up Mt. Langley the next day.
Overlooking lower Soldier lake from the southwest ridge of Major General
Crossing into Miter basin
Comb ridge towering over Iridescent lake
@doverland in front of the Miter
Dropping down to Sky Blue lake
Sky Blue lake
@doverland hiking back across Miter basin
Arriving back at lower Soldier lake
The upper Soldier lake
The next morning we got started early. We climbed up the really steep and sandy trail from the upper Soldier lake to meet with the main route up the mountain. We dropped our gear there and then climbed up and up and up. Following the big rock cairns all the way to the 14,027' summit of Mt. Langley!!! It was a big tough climb, but it wasn't anything technically difficult. We took pictures of the views, signed the peak register, and enjoyed some lunch on the summit. Then we headed back down, picked up our gear, and hiked over to Old Army pass. We descended the east side of Old Army to lake #4 and then headed over to lake #5 where we made our final camp for the trip.
Early morning glow at upper Soldier lake
Approaching the climb to Mt. Langley
@doverland climbing up Mt. Langley
Me on the summit of Mt. Langley
Views looking southeast from the summit
@doverland and I on the summit
@doverland hiking to Old Army pass
Arriving at Old Army pass
Overlooking Cottonwood lakes #4 and #5 from Olds Army pass
Cottonwood lake #5
Cottonwood lake #5
On our final morning we packed up camp and hiked across Cottonwood lakes basin passed lake #3 and #1 and over to the South fork creek trail which we took back down to the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows.
Approaching Cottonwood lake #3
Crossing Cottonwood lakes basin
Looking down the South fork
A big Meadow along the South fork
The remains of an old cabin along the South fork
And that's going to be it for this
California Mountain Adventure!
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