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#3752 - 04/26/10 08:28 AM Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley
JOJO Offline


Registered: 04/26/10
Posts: 11
Loc: denali
Hi,
Any one can point me to the latest conditions on the road and Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley? Thinking of camping up at Lake#4 and then bag Langley, spend the night and get the hell out ...

thnx

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#3754 - 04/26/10 10:12 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: JOJO]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7882
Loc: Fresno, CA
JOJO, not sure about the road -- I think they try to get all the roads open by May 1. But you can call the Inyo County roads department at (760) 878-0202 in Independence and ask.

The snow around Cottonwood Lakes is over 3 feet currently. You can see the Snow depth graph at Cottonwood Lakes, elev. 10150' link on the Mt Whitney Weather link above on the left.

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#3763 - 04/26/10 05:28 PM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: Steve C]
JOJO Offline


Registered: 04/26/10
Posts: 11
Loc: denali
Thanks Steve C ... appreciate you help!

take care,

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#3771 - 04/26/10 08:40 PM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: JOJO]
RoguePhotonic Offline


Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 558
Loc: Bakersfield CA
Do you plan to go straight up Army Pass?
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#3788 - 04/27/10 04:40 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: RoguePhotonic]
JOJO Offline


Registered: 04/26/10
Posts: 11
Loc: denali
Originally Posted By: RoguePhotonic
Do you plan to go straight up Army Pass?


Yup, go straight up and hang a right and try to tag Langley and then back down to lake 4 to spend the night ....we were trying to do MR but if the road is closed, then it is too much hassle .....So langley is nearby .... the goal is to get out in the snow and tag a 14'er....it is just that whitney and langley are familiar .,... don't care either way which 14er it is ....

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#3797 - 04/27/10 07:38 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: Bob R]
KevinR Offline


Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 595
Loc: Manchester, NH
Another view, similar to Bob's, taken a week earlier. The pass is right of center.


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#3802 - 04/27/10 08:36 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: KevinR]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1253
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
Isn't it safer to go up a chute up by lake #5?

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#3807 - 04/27/10 09:11 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: wbtravis]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7882
Loc: Fresno, CA
Jojo, the word is out that the road is now open to Whitney Portal. Langley is not a quick climb with winter conditions. And that old Army Pass route looks steeper than the final 400 on the Whitney Mountaineers Route.

A woman died there last summer when she slipped.

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#3809 - 04/27/10 09:38 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: Steve C]
JOJO Offline


Registered: 04/26/10
Posts: 11
Loc: denali
Originally Posted By: Steve C
Jojo, the word is out that the road is now open to Whitney Portal. Langley is not a quick climb with winter conditions. And that old Army Pass route looks steeper than the final 400 on the Whitney Mountaineers Route.

A woman died there last summer when she slipped.


THanks SteveC ... we did this route about 2 weeks after that woman fell and saw the spot from where she fell ....

Do you know if the road to CottonWodd lakes is open???

thnx

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#3811 - 04/27/10 09:52 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: JOJO]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7882
Loc: Fresno, CA
I just called the County Road Dept number at the top of the thread.

I spoke to Twila, who said Whitney Portal and Onion Valley roads are open, but the Horseshoe Meadows road is still closed, and they don't have an estimated opening date for it yet.

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#3815 - 04/27/10 10:37 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: Bob R]
Bee Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1261
Loc: Northern California
Check out this cornice! (the moon is pretty nifty, too!)

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The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.

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#3817 - 04/27/10 11:34 AM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: Bee]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1255
Loc: Atlanta
Sweet shot Bee!

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#3837 - 04/27/10 04:43 PM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: Bulldog34]
Bee Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1261
Loc: Northern California
Originally Posted By: Bulldog34
Sweet shot Bee!


Ooops! I forgot to mention that I plucked that photo from Bob R's album blush
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#3839 - 04/27/10 05:48 PM Re: Cotton Wood Lakes / Old Army Pass Trail to Langley [Re: Bee]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1255
Loc: Atlanta
OK then, nice avatar!

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