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Cirque Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 12,900'
Location: 36.47693, -118.23708 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Chris Owen, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Chris Owen on Sep 9, 2015
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Cirque Peak, sunrise from Lower Cottonwood Lake.

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This peak lies about 3 miles south of Mt. Langley, and could claim to be the most southernly High Sierra peak (it's the first peak listed in Secor's guide). There are no classic rock climbs of note. The easiest way probably being along its north ridge from New Army Pass.

The is a colossal view north and west from its summit.

Getting There 

The peak can be accessed from the lower/southerly of the Cottonwood Lakes, and from west and southeast of the peak.

The trailhead starts at Horseshoe Meadows, there's a huge and popular parking area here, the trail is very easy but a bit long, heading up a flat valley for a long way before going up hill to the lakes. It is a very scenic area.

To reach Horseshoe Meadows take the Whitney Portal Road west out of Lone Pine, but turn left when you see the sign to Horseshoe Meadows, a very spectacular drive is made up the slope of the mountain and over the main crest into some very special forested scenery.

This peak would be a great ski-mountaineering objective in early season after the road is opened.

Climbing Season

For the 13 - Whitney and Surrounding Peaks area.

Weather station 22.4 miles from here

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A very scenic hike from New Army Pass over flat boulders to a final Class 2 section near the summit. Stay just west of the ridge for the duration, but one can occasionally step to the crest for the view down.Some expansive views of the Great Western Divide and the Kaweah Peaks Ridge.Either descend the way you came, or you can descend steep scree on the north east face to hit the New Army Pass trail before it makes the big switchbacks....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Bryn and Dad on the summit of Cirque Peak.
Bryn and Dad on the summit of Cirque Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching New Army Pass, with Cottonwood Lakes b...
Approaching New Army Pass, with Cottonwood Lakes b...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cirque Peak.
Cirque Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Panoramic view of Cirque Peak.
Panoramic view of Cirque Peak.

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