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Cottonwood Lakes New Army Pass Trail
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Cottonwood Lakes New Army Pass TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2017
amy1300
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
1,300 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
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This was Day 3 of a trip that started on Cottonwood Lakes Trail, on August 2. Four members of our group hiked from our camp at "Home Lake" to the east, then south, then west, around Cottonwood Lake 1. Once we were headed west, we were on our way to New Army Pass. This was quite a day hike! Challenging and gorgeous. My Tom Harrison map of "Mount Whitney High Country" does not show trees at the west end of Long Lake, but the tree cover is there. In fact, on the trail to the pass we ran into a group of 15 people that had camped at Long Lake the night before the hike! That's where I'd camp if I wanted to bag Langley or Cirque from New Army Pass. (From where we'd camped it was too far, to do that as a day hike.) No route-finding challenges, but there was a snow & ice bank covering the highest part of the trail, so we had to do about a 15' class 3 climb to get on top of the pass. All over the steepest part of the route, where the switchbacks are, there were purple, bushy wildflowers clinging to the rock ledges we passed - sweet! EDIT: These might have been Davidson's penstemon (Penstemon davidsonii). At the end of the day we had golden trout for dinner, which Bruce had caught during the day while we hiked. Yum!
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