New Army Pass Trail

Sequoia National Park, California 93262

Elevation Gain1,318ft
Trailhead Elevation11,044ft
Elevation Min/Max11040/12300ft
Elevation Start/End11044/11044ft

New Army Pass Trail

New Army Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County and Inyo County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park and John Muir Wilderness. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 11,044 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,318 feet. The trail ends near the New Army Pass saddle. This trail connects with the following: Cottonwood Lakes Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"This loop has all the trappings that you expect from a trip in the High Sierra: beautiful lakes, verdant meadows, and incredible views."

New Army Pass Trail Trip Reports

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Spectacular. Like the guide says, an awesome mix of jagged rocky eastern Sierra terrain and high dry foxtail and lodgepole pine forest with many beautiful meadows. A side trip up into the Miter basin is an absolute must. We only had 3 nights on the trail (first night was at the trailhead campground), so had to squeeze the trip up there into a half day. Strongly recommend a full day for that side trip.

We went from Cottonwood Pass trailhead to Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. Spent a night at the seasonal stream in a meadow maybe 0.5 mile before Chicken Spring Lake that's the headwaters of the South Fork Kern River. Gorgeous. Another night at Soldier Lake, also spectacular. And the last behind the 2nd Cottonwood Lake. Highly recommend this trip.

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Trail Information

Sequoia National Park
Nearby City
John Muir Wilderness
John Muir Wilderness; Mount Whitney Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (South Section); USGS Cirque Peak, Johnson Peak, and Mt. Kaweah
Local Maps

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