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New Army Pass and "maybe" Cottonwood Lakes Basin

If you want to beat the heat this Saturday, it’s supposed to get up to 103 in Bakersfield, ouch!, than you are welcome to join us for a day hike to New Army Pass which is located just south of Mount Whitney near Cottonwood Lakes Basin. New Army Pass is a 14 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of around 2,500 feet which I would list as a strenuous hike except for those of you who are in super duper hiking shape. I would also add that the pass is 12,320 feet which makes this a high elevation hike and a challenge.

Along the way to New Army Pass we will be passing near many beautiful lakes and meadows which make this a very beautiful hike. Once we arrive at the top we will also have some great views of spectacular nearby Mount Langley and Cirque Peak. On the way back, if time, we “may” loop around either South Fork Lakes or Cottonwood Lakes Basin just to add a bit of variety to our trip.

While everyone is welcome to join us on this upcoming adventure I do not recommend this hike except for those who have some experience hiking long distance high elevation hikes or you are in very, very good cardio shape.

A couple of final notes: There is a “potential” more moderate alternative hike to Cottonwood Lakes Basin which would involve about a ten mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of only 1260 feet… “If”… someone who is familiar with the area is willing to lead this hike. Please let me know as soon as possible so I can post this is an alternative for those who may want a more moderate hiking experience. If you can’t meet us in Bakersfield to caravan please be at the trailhead no later than 8:30. Our goal is to be hiking no later than 8:45. Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

Near the top of Army Pass










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  • Diane F.

    You are welcome. Looking at the photos you did have quite an adventure, especially the marmot on the rock about to attack. How you ever got by it unscathed is a miracle!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Tony S.

    Quite the adventure! Completing the Army to New Army Pass loop was exhilarating! And a big thank you to the Ladies of the Lakes for waiting and assuring our safe return!

    3 · June 2, 2013

    • Bill B.

      I second Tony's big thank you!

      June 2, 2013

  • Bea C.

    The hike was beautiful and I had a great time. Very enjoyable day. Thanks Bill !!

    1 · June 2, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Bea...See you next week at Pear Lake...

      June 2, 2013

  • Bea C.

    Disregard my comment about my route through the 178 as I will no longer be taking that route. It all works out in the end. LOL

    May 31, 2013

  • Bea C.

    I am traveling the 178 to this hike. Anyone wanting to carpool with me can meet me at the Chevron at 5a.m.

    May 31, 2013

  • Kerry

    Hoping to hop into a carpool at Tehachapi Home Depot.

    May 30, 2013

  • Jason

    Does anyone want to carpool from LA and split gas costs? I was up in bishop memorial weekend n gas really adds up!

    May 28, 2013

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