Cirque Peak - Cirque Bowl - NAP - Cottonwood Lakes Hike

COTTONWOOD LAKES ARE GREAT!

Hiking Category

This is a strenuous class 1, 2, and 3 hike in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. This hike is for conditioned and experienced hikers so if you would like to join this hike then please add yourself to the waiting list where you will be added to the hike if you are approved. This hike is contingent upon the weather so I reserve the right to cancel it. If this occurs then I will do everything that I can to give you plenty of warning so that you can make alternate plans and etc.. This hike is approximately 15 miles long with an elevation gain of about 3500 feet.


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Hiking Plan

  • We will leave the Sierra Gateway in South Lake at 5:30am. Some hikers may wish to sleep at the trailhead instead. There are developed campgrounds at the trailhead and car camping is a good choice as well. We will meet you there [masked], [masked]) at about 7:30am. We need to place a shuttle vehicle before we set out.
  • We will hike to Cirque Peak [masked], [masked]) (12894').
  • We will hike around the Cirque Bowl to New Army Pass (NAP).
  • We will hike down NAP.
  • We will visit High Lake, and Long Lake.
  • We will hike back on the trail to our shuttle vehicle.

Class What?

It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at Climber.org under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here ).

LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY statements:

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware that Kern River Valley Hiking Club events involve risks, and could result in injury, illness, death, and damage or loss of property. The dangers include but are not limited to: the hazards of traveling in remote areas without medical services or care, the forces of nature, the inherent dangers involved in participation in sports, wilderness travel, and social activities, and the negligent actions of other persons or agencies.  You agree to freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards.  You further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern River Valley Hiking Club - Tulare-Kern Peakbags & Hikes from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

*** PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY *** No one in the group is a guide or in any way responsible for your comfort or safety. Please be prepared with adequate gear and supplies for the trip. Please remember that going out into wilderness has risks associated with it and you should be aware and prepared to address any changes in weather, road conditions or to look out for/avoid random acts of nature, including insects, wild animals and natural hazards. It is your responsibility to evaluate the difficulty of any activity you participate in, and decide whether you are prepared by having the experience, skill, knowledge, equipment, and the physical and emotional stamina to safely participate.

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  • Bea C.

    Totally amazing !! Spectacular !! WOOT ! WOOT !

    October 22, 2012

  • Brad B.

    Great hike. Kind of sore on Sunday.

    October 21, 2012

  • Taira

    My favorite hike!! A ton of fun, and absolutely beautiful! The weather was perfet! Everyones pictures are great! Thanks Nathan!!

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wind up old army past and then wind up to new army pass. and I saw you guys on top of cirque peak. that was around 130 to 230. I had a pretty good hike anyway

    1 · October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So then I went over to the other restrooms. but you guys already left

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Nathan your instructions didn't work for me. I was at the restrooms at 530 but no showed up.

    October 21, 2012

  • Shannon

    Incredible views, nice challenging hike with a bit of boulder scrambling, fabulous leader

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Your right behind me

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im with you

    October 19, 2012

  • Brad B.

    I'm turning onto Lubken Canyon Road right now. See you guys tomorrow.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you call me[masked]

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we starting at the parking lot that is the farthest

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay then you better explain which parking lot of but the van because there's 2 parking lot

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the name of the trailhead were starting at

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Arent there two Cottonwood Creek Trailheads

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Which trailhead should I park at the high or low and

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I won't be at the Horseshoe until about 11 o'clock tonight

    October 19, 2012

  • Shannon

    Nathan, see you at Indian Wells

    October 19, 2012

  • Shannon

    I'm coming up from the AV in the morning. Would it be best for the group if I met everyone at the trailhead or waited where the 178 meets the 14 and followed to assist with shuttling. I can drive my small car or Explorer(cozy but has 2 pop-up seats to accommodate a total of 7).

    October 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      probably just meet at the trailhead

      October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks its not for sure but hell let me know Thurs

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    May I bring a guest. he hiked to Kearsarge lakes with me last time a month ago

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hopefully not

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeah this maybe our last high country hike

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    That thought I'd ask because I know those peaks are very rocky and slabby so I figured my dog will not be able to take. I meant National Forest

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh yeah that's going to be too rough for my dog

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we're going to climb Cirque peak is there a lot of rock

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Set up the National Forest is the trail of safe enough for a dog to be taken on

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to stay at Horseshoe Meadow also but get there late

    October 15, 2012

  • Brad B.

    I will meet you at the trailhead. Gonna spend the night at Horseshoe!

    October 15, 2012

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