22miles round trip from Cottonwood Lakes, we summit Mount Langley in a day.
This was our prep hike for Mount Whitney, a similar distance of 20 miles out and back.
And though a single day summit is definitely doable, it’s well worth spending a couple nights as a backpacking trip to enjoy the lakes and amazing views.
Some people describe the approach as if you're walking on the moon. Though desolate and relentless at times, it's still one of my favorite peaks in the Sierras and perfect to train for longer distance trekking.
If you are planning a day trip to Langley, prep for a very long day with extra snacks, electrolyte mix, and plenty of water (or water filter). We packed as ultra light as possible.
And if you're planning to camp at Cottonwood the night before, bring ear plugs as this campground can get noisy.
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