Easy cross country travel in Miter Basin. The Trans Catalina Trail. The objective of our commentary: Whitney - 22 miles of hiking, easy to complete if you come prepared. Langley. Looking straight up The Chute from Iceberg Lake @ 12,640'. There are large cairns setup by the park service to lead the way and after a few hours I was on top, looking back at Mt. Whitney and Langley (on the left) left to right-Josh, Anita, Harv, Jules, Karine. Langley by far is the one we took to get up there. Whitney to … second break. 16.5 lbs with food and gear for 2 1/2 days. We were a group of 5 and hiked Mt Langley on 8/29. After an early start I arrived at the ranger station in time to get a 'walk-in' permit for the North Fork Lone Pine Creek, also known as the Mountaineers Route up Mt. It is also the southernmost 14er in the United States. Stop by here and you can enjoy the view of tallest mountain in the 49 states of the US. Rising to 14,042 feet, Mount Langley is less than five hundred feet shorter than Mount Whitney but receives far fewer visitors. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. NAP pass is a little longer and has more elevation but the trails are well defined and there is a switchback. Langley is the southern most 14er in the Sierra. The view of Mt. If so, leave gear stashed at the lakes and use a day pack for the summit. Part 2 of my Backpacking and hiking highlights from 2020, a very long video looking back on my Rae Lakes and Big SEKI loop trips in Sequoia Kings Canyon, summiting Mt Langley and Mt Whitney just as the big fires started to make an impact, spending 8 days in Greater Yellowstone, Teton Wilderness finding the headwaters of the Yellowstone river, and a few mighty views high above the fjords of Norway. Mt Whitney is the next peak over 14,000 feet as you travel north from Mt Langley. The second part that confuses people is the final push to the top. Langley can be reached in a day hike, and the wild ride up Horseshoe Meadow A 6 day backpacking trip through the high Sierra Nevada. Langley after more than 10 miles and just over 5 hours of hiking. Saw a bunch of chipmunks, marmot, blue jays, a fox, black squirrels, big horned sheep, Beautiful hike and view but definitely a hard one. I am doing the JMT and finishing late September to horseshoe meadow. At that time, very little weather data had yet been collected at very high altitudes, and Langley took advantage of his access to the summit of Mt. It is also the third easiest to hike (after White Mountain and Mt Whitney) and its views are among the best. Back in 2015, I decided to attempt Mount Langley as my first solo backpacking trip. Langley Microadventure route. Rising to 14,042 feet, Mount Langley is less than five hundred feet shorter than Mount Whitney but receives far fewer visitors. We used headlamps in the first 45 mins of the hike. Switchbacks made the decent easier but you've got to gain all that back when you head up the next section. August 20 – Mount Whitney Summit. Whitney and Sky Blue Lake from Mt. Langley, Mt. Mount Langley is located just south of the Mount Whitney hike and is the southernmost California fourteener in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Langley, Mt. Cairns lead the way through the maze of sandy scree. There appears to be no appear trail defined at the top for following the cairns and that can be frustrating as you try to figure out the route. Langley. The day after backpacking Mt Langley, I saw a message from R to our adventure-friend group that she wanted to do the main trail up Mt Whitney as a day hike. The summit of Mt. Mt. Acclimation is a very important factor for an enjoyable day hike of Mt. The peak is part of a massive granite wall that stretches fifteen miles from Mt. It is only 5 miles from Mount Whitney and in the same range. Whitney (15'); Cirque Pk., Mt. at the top after the 2000ft climb. ). The 'Final 400' is a fun class III climb that leads to the peak and before long I was enjoying the view from the top of Mt. Enjoy the beautiful views and difficult journey to the top. Mt. The trail down from New Army pass and up from Old Army Pass was easy to navigate. Whitney Day Use permit is going to be cancelled, I was thinking about switching to Mt. looking at down at CWL #5 from the trail. Langley sits less than 10 miles south of Mt. Whitney lottery, we planned our camping trip around hiking Mt. Ownership: Land: Sequoia National Park/Inyo National Forest Wilderness/Special Area: Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness Area/John Muir Wilderness Area: Topo Map: Mount Langley O36118e2 1:24,000: Data Source: 1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map Whitney annually since 2002. Whitney from Mt. Mt. Get acclimated to the altitude because once you get up above 13,000ft you'll feel it. After getting rejected from the Mt. Last one mile or so to the summit is steep. Back to the car by 6:00 pm. Mt. I sent Bob Ayers some email saying "OK, I've climbed all the non-Sierra California 14ers, time to do one in the Sierra." I only have one night I can spend at elevation and want to attempt Langley. I’m pretty fit, can hike 20 miles/6000ft no problem without elevation, but just want to be cautious. A hike … Mt. As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. We took Old Army Pass up and down. The Whitney Portal Store, located 13 miles west of Lone Pine, lies next to the Mount Whitney trail head and has operated by permit from the Inyo National Forest since 1987. It is also the southernmost 14er in the United States. : Old Cottonwood Creek Trail This 8 to 9-mile day hike follows a secluded trail through mountain meadows … The huge campground in a timberline forest at 10,000 feet was deserted. THere were 2 places where I couldn't find the trail but hopped across rocks. To the east is Owens Valley, and to the west is the Kern River Valley. Mt. While reading one night last winter I heard Candy ask a familiar question, "Are you on that backpacking website again". Whitney (14,494 ft), highest summit in the contiguous United States, along the Eastern Sierras: Mt. SNOW ON FORESTER PASS & MT. Langley. I saw several other hikers have the same experience while coming down. For more detail and photos on your approach to the summit of Mt Langley, see below. We filtered water at High Lake on our way up and at Lake 5 on our way down. Langley was a really great hike. Langley is only about 500 feet shorter than Mt. NB. Our route was Horseshoe Meadow - Cottonwood Pass - Soldier Lakes (camp) - Mt. Frozen waterafalls and alpenglow on Thor Peak, Morning on Upper Boy Scout Lake @ 11,320'. 8 reviews of Mount Langley "Mount Langley has an elevation of 14,042' and is a good training hike for Whitney. THere is one spot at the beginning of this where you have to use your hand to get over 2 rocks but other than that its an uphill hike from one cairn to the next cairn. It also has a trail that will take you all the way to the top, and I would highly recommend it as a … From what I've read, Mt. Beautiful scenery. It is the ninth-highest peak in the state and the seventh-highest in the Sierra. It's relatively easier to climb with fully loaded pack. Langley is Mt. first break. Spoke with eastern Sierra interagency center and they said as of today this trail is OPEN. Langley and Mt. Overnight trip with Josh, Billy, Nolan, me to the top of Mt. I did blow the whistle I had occasionally and used the headlamps we had for this last phase from Lake 4 back to trailhead. Whitney (7.5') This tour takes you to the top of Mt. The 2000-foot climb up. Langley (14,042ft). Langley has had a checkered history and the peak’s close proximity to Mt. My windiest day in the Sierra. Topos: Olancha, Lone Pine, Mt. Flip flops, pillow, camp chair, etc. Take the second from left. Langley, Upper Soldier Lake, Miter Basin, Erin Lake, Mt. The view back down to Iceberg Lake from The Chute. The route to Mt. Here is a small list of peaks that you will be able to see from the summit of Mt Langley. Mt Langley has a great view of the Southern Sierra Nevada as mentioned above. Since it looks increasingly like my Mt. At that point, you will see 4 sets of trails splitting up. Langley (14026ft. Here is the beginning of high sierra if you drive north from highway 395. Category Travel & Events; Song Feeding Line; Artist Boy & Bear; Licensed to YouTube by UMG (on behalf of Universal Music Australia Pty. Whitney Timelapse Topic Options #99875 - 05/31/15 09:21 PM Mt Langley current conditions: TheGreatUnwashed Member Registered: 10/14/14 ... Well I am off to Horseshoe Meadows TH parking lot to spend a few hrs sleeping before I make for the summit of Mt. August 21 – Arctic Lake and Iceberg Lake. I first climbed the mountaineers route up Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, and then went after Mount Langley.Ironically though, it took me 2 attempts to get to the summit of Mount Langley. Langley Hike Click here to view the pictures On Sunday, Dave and I left Mammoth Lakes and drove south to Lone Pine then to Horseshoe Meadows Campground to try Mt. This is a 3 days backpacking trip starting from Horseshoe Meadows in Inyo National Forest. Be prepared for lots of loose sand/gravel and steep inclines all the way to the plateau of Langley. The sand gets ya at Mt. Langley provides a great view of the south Sierra in all directions from the summit, including the Mount Whitney group, the Great Western Divide, Olancha Peak, and Owen's Valley. This part required us to follow the cairns put there to mark the trail and occasional scrambling. You can get the permit to Mt whitney and Mt langley here. Some even do it as a long day hike from the same trailhead we started at! The rest of the day was all down hill through the beautiful golden meadows in the Cottonwood Lakes area. Langley - Old Army Pass - Cottonwood Lakes - Horseshoe Meadow. Looking at Mt Whitney webcam there appears to be minimal snow in the area. Hiking poles are your friends! Both Forester Pass and Mt. Unlike the Mt Whitney crowds, I had only passed about 4-5 people going down as I ascended. Whitney to Mt. Whitney from Mt. I was up there a few hours ago! I was ... After an early start I arrived at the ranger station in time to get a 'walk-in' permit for the North Fork Lone Pine Creek, also known as the Mountaineers Route up Mt. Lowering your center of gravity and side stepping while coming down is a much more stable way to get down this steep part. Overall we found the last part of the trail from the New Army Old Army junction to Mt Langley to be more challenging than any part of Mt Whitney trail. The trail up to Cottonwood Lakes is beautiful and shaded with dense trees. Mount Langley is the ninth highest peak in California. The hike starts from the Cottonwood Lakes Campground, already at 10,000 feet, so your car does most of the legwork to get you to altitude. Mt Langley is The 9th Highest Peak in California. The views are simply amazing. The view of Mt. Try hiking this trail in July, August or September to minimize this. A few nights sleep above 8,000' and some type of warm up hike is generally enough to avoid severe altitude sickness. Great views of Whitney from the summit. At 14,026 it comes in just under 500 feet shorter than Mt. Whitney. At 14,042 feet Mt. First 7 miles to the lakes are easy, so if you want to pack extra weight for comfort I’d say do so. The steeper more direct ones are best. Anyone who says "this is an easy 14er" is just being lame. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Whitney. The summit is 10.5 miles from the trailhead with an elevation gain of 4,002 Feet. The 10 miles of solid rock kills ya at Mt. Because the hike is arguably easier than Mt. Camped at Long Lake and headed out at 3:45am up New Army Pass to summit Mount Langley. The hike starts from the Cottonwood Lakes Campground, already at 10,000 feet, so your car does most of the legwork to get you to altitude. I’ve hiked Mt. Whitney. Mt. I got a couple of bleeding bruises and had to use the first aid kit I carried. Does anyone know the snowpack conditions as of end of May 2015 on the Normal Route Army Pass to Mt. We followed the loop in clockwise direction but would recommend doing it in counter clockwise direction. The weather was incredible. Whitney Zone; National Geographic: Mount Whitney; To purchase maps and guidebooks go to esiaonline.com. I spent over night, got windy but most incredible night stars I’ve ever seen. Bit of elevation but great views see for yourself. If you have the time, plan on a night at Cottonwood Lakes. Langley. Langley? We didn't acclimatize and so took our time to do the hike. Muir while you're up on the Whitney summit ridge). Part 2 of my Backpacking and hiking highlights from 2020, a very long video looking back on my Rae Lakes and Big SEKI loop trips in Sequoia Kings Canyon, summiting Mt Langley and Mt Whitney just as the big fires started to make an impact, spending 8 days in Greater Yellowstone, Teton Wilderness finding the headwaters of the Yellowstone river, and a few mighty views high above the fjords of Norway. Whitney. Follow the cairns for orientation. This trip really started in 2007. Left for summit the following day at 9am, and arrived to the peak about 12:30pm. We made it back by 11.15 pm. Muir (14012ft. Whitney (14494ft. I made it back to the car at Horseshoes Meadows by 6;00 pm, making it a 52 hour Microadventure. Whitney where I had been at the same time the day before! Took Old Army pass up. It is not technically challenging, but I would consider it a strenuous endeavor at 22 miles. Lungs still recovering. A 6 day backpacking trip through the high Sierra Nevada. Whitney is known to hold snow later in the season than other sections on this trail. Mt Langley is the 9th highest peak in California and a great objective for someone's first 14er. As everyone said, this hike is moderate until the last 2.4 miles uphill. Whitney, Mt. Whitney trail, class 1) East face from New Army Pass, class 2) Mt. Whitney (14,494 ft) along the Eastern Sierras: Rugged Mt. The hike to lakes is an easy half day hike, while. We reached the summit of Mt. Langley. The use trails were easy to follow to Iceberg Lake, but from there the route climbs a 1,500' chute with loose talus and steep ledges to 'The Notch'. Overall a great hike! Coming down was a challenge due to the loose gravel. Hiking Mount Whitney via Mt Langley & the most beautiful lakes in the world. This did hurt us and we made it to the summit at 3.15 pm. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. The starting elevation can be a bit misleading with the vertical gain on this hike, as there are some parts when you are descending that you will eventually have to make up on the way out. Backpacking from Horseshoe Meadows to Cottonwood Lake#3 was manageable with regular breaks. The southern most of the California 14ers, Mt Langley is accessed via it's South Ridge from New Army Pass. Left summit at 1:15pm and got to the TH at 6:30pm. It is the southernmost fourteener, and the most desert-like of the Sierra Nevada fourteeners. Langley and Mt. Whitney three weeks prior. I tho... Mt. My first 14er!! Smoke from wildfire in the distance started to blow in by late afternoon. My rec would be to camp the night before at one of the lakes. It is also the third easiest to hike (after White Mountain and Mt Whitney) and its views are among the best. She was looking at a permit for Wednesday. After a windy night near the shore of Sky Blue Lake I arose to crystal clear skies and enjoyed a relaxing hike through Miter Basin. Corcoran, Mt. Finally at the top. The view from the top of Old Army Pass, the route down to the Cottonwood Lakes. Our Whitney permit got canceled due to fires. thats the right trail and has cairns as well but its difficult to see. Hiked on 9/1/20. One goes uphill and 3 are flat/downward slope. Since I was free, I replied that I would probably be up for it. Langley. Bring plenty of water and snacks and do your best to follow ALL the cairns. I don't think anyone will be moving these huge cairns! Whitney & Mt. Old army pass has lot of loose rocks. Looking back toward Upper Soldier Lake on the climb to Mt. Golden meadows in the Cottonwood Lakes basin. Edit: Thanks everyone, your responses are very helpful! While the lottery to get a permit for Mount Whitney can be challenging and competitive, Mount Langley’s hikers can easily get a free permit on the day of their hike. Getting higher, the view back toward Upper Soldier Lake. Whitney (14,494 ft) along the Eastern Sierras Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. Sequoia National Park charges a fee to enter. The views at the top and on the way of the lakes were spectacular and well worth the effort. It is the highest peak in the lower 48 and is the most sought after peak in the United States. Mount Langley is located just south of the Mount Whitney hike and is the southernmost California fourteener in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The ascent from Cottonwood Lakes is straightforward and a lot of elevation is gained on the trail before a talus scramble over large blocks to the summit. One of the trails that leads to the summit follows the Cottonwood Lakes Trail to Cottonwood Lake #4, and then continues on via Old Army Pass up out of the lake basin and to the summit. Langley has had a checkered history and the peak’s close proximity to Mt. Mt Langley is The 9th Highest Peak in California. That's a lot of Whitney experience for two guys to share. Leaving the Whitney main trail for the Mountaineers Route. Langley. Big time warning, the CA fires smoke came in seriously starting at noon. The southern most of the California 14ers, Mt Langley is accessed via it's South Ridge from New Army Pass. I would say this is 80% as challenging as Whitney, Climbed Langley Aug 29. supports DBDC with Dual MAC, 2. Whitney East Face - 14,497 ft/14,505 ft? Finally at the top of The Chute, the view from The Notch. Sitting hidden in the Eastern Sierras Mt. Whitney @ 14,500'. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Whitney and approximately 500 feet below. Beautiful views. Whitney. What do you guys think? Getting near dark just above Sky Blue Lake in Miter Basin. Mount Langley is located on the crest of the Sierra Nevada, on the boundary between Inyo and Tulare counties, in eastern California in the southwestern United States.To the east is Owens Valley, and to the west is the Kern River Valley.It is the ninth-highest peak in the state and the seventh-highest in the Sierra. Ask the park ranger when you pick up your permits what conditions are like. From there, the Cottonwood Lakes Trail gently makes its way through pristine alpine terrain to a series of several crystal-clear alpine lakes, all in the shadow of the high Sierra peaks like Mt Langley. Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States, lies 4.8 miles to the … In the beginning the cairns & trail is clear and marked. Whitney led to much confusion amongst early ascensionists. Langley goes straight up that sand hill. Mt. Langley; Keeler Needle : We've been hiking and organizing hike trips up Mt. It was a pleasant treat after hiking though rain, hail, and wind on our way to the summit of Mt. A hike … Multiple viable campsites, but would also recommend camping at lakes 4 or 5 since most people seem to camp at #3. Whoa! It's like you're on the moon. We opted to hike Langley when we weren't able to get permits for the more popular Whitney. Day 1: 3 miles - 3,500' climb. Our pace was moderate, but athletic, with breaks for snacks, sunscreen, shoe laces, etc, but good pace while moving. Langley Traverse~ September 2016, John Muir Trail: Tuolumne Meadows to Devils Postpile, Cuben Fiber Hybrid Backpack with Removable Internal Frame, Six Moon Designs Cuben Haven Tarp and Inner Net Tent, Yosemite 2011 ~ Four Day Solo Ultralight Trip. Langley. Sunrise Below Langley. New Army Pass Trail This trail continues down the northwest side of New Army Pass into Sequoia National Park toward Lower Soldier Lake. Pickering July 2-5 2009 Cottonwood Lakes, New Army Pass, Mt. All worth for the breathtaking views from the top. 23 hours of hiking over a 52 hour Microadventure. Mt Langley Trailhead. It is highly recommended that you spend a night at one of the campgrounds at the trailhead if doing a day hike to get better acclimatization of the body. Whitney 14,500'. Mt Langley (14,023 ft)is located south of Mt Whitney and is the ninth highest peak in the state and the seventh highest in the Sierras. The one class III section on the way to Mt. Whitney and Mt. Whitney's kid sister that gets ignored in the shadow of the much cooler kid on the block. The view of Mt. Whitney, Mt. Part 2 of my Backpacking and hiking highlights from 2020, a very long video looking back on my Rae Lakes and Big SEKI loop trips in Sequoia Kings Canyon, summiting Mt Langley and Mt Whitney just as the big fires started to make an impact, spending 8 days in Greater Yellowstone, Teton Wilderness finding the headwaters of the Yellowstone river, and a few mighty views high above the fjords of Norway. That steep. Whitney & Mt. The elevation was tough for both the two others in the group with one not making it up past 12,500 feet. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is INDEPENDE which is approximately 19 miles away and has an elevation of 3,950 feet (10,029 feet lower than Mount Langley). Langley. Hiking Mount Whitney via Mt Langley & the most beautiful lakes in the world. Mt Langley is the 9th highest peak in California and a great objective for someone's first 14er. Although we took a wrong turn we ended up on the peak. Traveling in Bear Country. The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. Overshadowed by its popular neighbor Mt. Mt. Langley’s interests focused primarily on the measurement of solar energy, but his team also collected metrological data. Whitney, which offers a great view of the surrounding area, and it sees far less… This is a brief... After completing the first section of the Sierra High Route last summer I realized it was time to build a much more burly backpack. The summit provides expansive views, solitude, and a deep feeling of accomplishment. Langley receives much less traffic while offering excellent views and … I had a good climb up Shasta's West Face and wanted to do more that summer. Mt. Langley. Enjoy the beautiful views and difficult journey to the top. Nolan lost my beanie at the top. Historically, there has been a high level of bear activity in the Cottonwood Lakes area. Mt. It is only 5 miles from Mount Whitney and in the same range. Dave on the trail near the hut. We day hiked to Mount Langley on 8/29 from Cottonwood Lakes via old army pass. have to be extra careful. hidden lake. For me, hiking Mt Langley was actually my 2nd California 14er to summit. The North and South faces provide excellent technical rock … The route was easy to follow, just don’t stray away from the beaten path with obvious boot prints. Would it be better to go straight up to Langley like you did? At approximately 20 miles round trip its ascent can be done as a day hike, but is most commonly completed as part of a multiple day backpacking trip with … Ownership: Land: Sequoia National Park/Inyo National Forest Wilderness/Special Area: Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness Area/John Muir Wilderness Area: Topo Map: Mount Langley O36118e2 1:24,000: Data Source: 1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map It was only 1:00 pm so after taking a few photos I took the Whitney Trail down toward Discovery Pinnacle where I left the trail and followed a cross country route down the 'Sand Hill' to Crabtree Lakes, then over Crabtree Pass and finally to Sky Blue Lake just after dark. LeConte, Lone Pine Peak, Mt. 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Whitney, located in the long Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of California, is the highest mountain peak in the continental United States outside of Alaska. I was going to camp at Soldier Lake and go around to Army Pass to climb Mt. By 2 pm, it was unbearable to hike up in the cottonwood lakes and below. USGS Quad: Cirque Peak; Mt. The redoubtable Clarence King made what was probably the second ascent in 1871 in clouds and poor visibility, believing that he had made the first ascent of Mt. Hiked new army in and old army out logging 22.15 miles taking the group 12 hours round trip. Posted by Shawn Butler on July 7, 2012 0 Comments. Langley; Tom Harrison: Mt. After refilling with water at Upper Soldier Lake I started the sandy scree slog up up up to Mt. Mt. I'd say do both OAP, NAP and see all the lakes. Langley - 14,026 ft Mt. We couldn't get overnight permits for the Cottonwood Lakes trailcamp halfway up the Langley trail, but we were hoping to be able to get them at the Lone Pine visitor center the day before our hike. Our group had Whitney day hikers and all of us found it very challenging, especially the last stretch from the junction of Old Army and New Army pass to the summit. Langley instead. Left TH at 3pm, arrived and Cottonwood Lake #3 around 6:30pm. However after the first 4-5 cairns you will come to the top of the hill. Whitney. The redoubtable Clarence King made what was probably the second ascent in 1871 in clouds and poor visibility, believing that he had made the first ascent of Mt. Beautiful lakes and great backpacking. Dwayne has an easygoing personality overflowing with the enthu... After reading many of the MYOG posts on BPL I started to get comfortable making most of my gear last summer. The view of Mt. I will have a bigger load than you. The yack trail out to either Army or New Army Trail rocks and rolls and sandy. Tyndall, in the north, at 14,024 feet to Mt. And I shared the peak with only 2 other people, Steve and Bruce. Whitney but spent two nights at elevation first. Went up NAP and down OAP. Ltd.); … We followed them down from the peak and still had trouble even with Alltrails, and GPS. Just had a word with Ranger, everything west on hwy 395 is closed due to fire, including Mount Langley. Most people will become nauseous and physically exhausted above 12,000' if they don't acclimate. Cottonwood Lake #5. photo op. Looking straight back down from near the top of The Chute. I looked across to Mt Whitney and thought of last year’s view of Mt Langley from Mt Whitney’s peak. view of Mt. Two of us did slip and lost balance. The fall colors and shorter days reminded me that it was the end of the season and soon the first winter storms would arrive. Took old army down as well. After camping at Upper Boy Scout Lake I got an early start on the Mountaineers Route to Mt. This was a great way to end another summer in the High Sierra. Due to our slow speed, we felt the smoke while coming down till we made it to Lake 4. From Whitney trail, class 3) Mt. Whitney led to much confusion amongst early ascensionists. Is this mountain open for hikers? The first 3 are easy to navigate but you come to a section with 3 different paths to choose and none look like they ever get close to heading in the right directions. We started at 5.30 am from the Cottonwood Lakes campground and got back by 11.15 pm. All in loose gravel and challenging to step. The push from Cottonwood Lakes to the summit is rocky, sandy, and gravely and makes for a tedious climb. Mount Langley is located on the crest of the Sierra Nevada, on the boundary between Inyo and Tulare counties, in eastern California in the southwestern United States. Mt. Mt. There’s no trickery. August 19 – Miter Basin . 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