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Mount Langley

Postby Vaca Russ » Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:37 pm

TITLE: Mount Langley

GENERAL OVERVIEW: Mount Langley is one of the easiest of the 14ers in California to climb. It is the ninth highest mountain in California. There are excellent views to be had if the weather is clear.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and up depending on the route.

LOCATION: Sequoia National Park - View it on the HST Map

ELEVATION: 14,026 Feet

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): USGS Mount Langley Quad, California, Topographic Map

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: The easiest route is to climb Army Pass and walk up the southern slope to the summit. Other routes include:

West Face: Class 2
Northwest Ridge: Class 4
Rest and be Thankful: IV, 5.10, AO
North Face: Class 3
Northeast Chute: Class 2-3
East Slope: Class 2
Southeast Slope: Class 2
Orange Julius: II, 5.9

Thanks to Artrock for this information!

PHOTOS:

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Our objective from Cottonwood Lakes


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We woke early


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Army Pass is clear of snow


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Absolutely beautiful view!!


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YMMV


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Benchmark


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Register


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View of the Army Passes to the south


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More Views


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The only snow. Walk right past it.


Sorry about not posting any more pictures with views. The peak was socked in clouds. Maybe others can post pictures of the great views.

-Russ
Last edited by Vaca Russ on Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:57 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: Mount Langley

Postby kd6swa » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:55 am

Vaca Russ - when you get done bagging Whitney, drive over to Badwater and get the lowest spot in North America. Whitney and Badwater are less than 200 miles apart! :bear: No Bears either!
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Re: Mount Langley

Postby kd6swa » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:07 pm

Vaca Russ and "Sport" - when you pass by next time, Give my Regard to Smoky!

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Re: Mount Langley

Postby artrock23 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:21 pm

Russ, thanks for this submission.

Just for the sake of thoroughness, though, there are eight other recorded routes to the summit, ranging from class 2 through 5.10. Since some here (such as myself) are undoubtedly interested in doing some of the more challenging routes, maybe it would be a good idea to mention them too?

Eric, what is your view on this, since you introduced the forum? Should we who post new entries here be listing other known routes than the one(s) we do personally?
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Re: Mount Langley

Postby ERIC » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:59 pm

artrock23 wrote:Eric, what is your view on this, since you introduced the forum? Should we who post new entries here be listing other known routes than the one(s) we do personally?


I don't really have any set rule for this - only a suggestion. If alternative approaches exist that you are aware of, then you might consider mentioning them (placeholder) in your post and linking to either Vulgarian Ramblers (13'ers only), and/or SummitPost. Our 13'ers layer on the HST Map links to both sources, but we haven't yet done the same with the 14'ers layer.
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Re: Mount Langley

Postby Vaca Russ » Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:25 pm

I made the hike up New Army Pass yesterday morning.

1 NAP Sign.JPG


I wanted to add some summit views to this post.

On the way to the summit I ran into this Bighorn!

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The hike to the summit was great high altitude training. Enjoy these summit shots.

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4 NW Iridescent Lake.JPG


5 Peaks North of Whitney.JPG


6 South Toward Olancha.JPG


7 Tuttle Creek.JPG


On the way to the summit I made an important discovery. The National Park Service workers have built a number of very large cairns marking the trail. The trail starts out at Army Pass and is quite evident.

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Then, after about a mile you see this sign.

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And then you see the first huge cairn. These things are over 6 feet tall!

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To be continued...
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Re: Mount Langley

Postby Vaca Russ » Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:42 pm

Because there is no maintained trail to the top of Mt. Langley, hikers tend to choose their own routes. This results in dozens of informal trails - over 10 miles of them - that damage fragile alpine plants, soils and bighorn sheep habitat. To reduce these impacts, workers remover nearly 8 miles of informal trails and marked a route to the summit.

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The marked route is not a formal, designated trail and is not constructed or maintained. It follows a previously established informal trail.

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This path has minimal impact on the landscape it crosses.

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By following the cairned route, you help protect fragile alpine habitat from damage.

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Adding to cairns or building new cairns misleads hikers and detracts from the natural landscape.

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Re: Mount Langley

Postby mschnaidt » Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:42 pm

Here was my view from the summit of Langley in 2011. You had clouds Russ and Sport. We had lots of smoke.

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Re: Mount Langley

Postby rcymbala » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:01 pm

Hello -
Is there any interest in a route from Owens Valley to Mt. Langley that roughly follows the ridge between Tuttle Creek and Diaz Creek? A few weeks ago, I parked my 2WD car as high as I could go on the dirt road along the south side of Tuttle Creek. Then I went up and south through the pine forest shown on the topo map. There is a huge hanging boulder, and I continued up from the boulder across open slope. I regret what I did, because I was making fresh footsteps in the slope that will probably be around for a long time. Therefore, I think it's important to keep to the ridge tops as much as possible, going over rock as much as possible.

Coming down from Langley along the ridge, I see these points of interest on the map:
4275m - Mt. Langley.
4045m - a saddle with the main trail; go off-trail down to Owens Valley from here.
3625m - an "x" peak on topo.
3153m - another "x" peak.
2820m - John Muir Wilderness boundary, follow boundary due N going down.
2500m - tippy-top of blue stream on map.
2080m - tippy-top on 4WD road & stream bisect.
1880m - approx. location of 2WD parking lot.
TOTAL: 2,395 m / 7,858 feet.
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