Spectacular ridge views
The views beginning at the Bloody/Laurel saddle were impressive! I would not say this route has "too much slate" for it to be fun. There is only about 300 ft. of loose terrain above the saddle and can be avoided easily. However, getting the to the TH via Laurel Lakes Road is now my gold standard of unpleasant approaches; it is literally 4 1/2 miles of ankle twisting up a road that you have to share with good-spirited off-roaders who will stop and and ask questions like: "why are you walking?", "is everything okay?", "did your car break down?", "do you need some water?"; they will be unaware by the way you are dressed that you are going up deliberately. If you don't have a bomb proof HIGH clearance vehicle with serious tires, start from Convict Lake. I saw no less than two people struggling with tire blowouts (Toyota Tacoma, Ford Silvarado) and saw some impressive scrapes and oil stains on some of the bigger rocks.
There is a use trail almost all the way to the summit from the saddle. Windy day. Nice views. The crux was driving up Laurel Lakes road.
Day hike from Convict Lake Trailhead. Windy and smoky day. Route: TH->Baldwin->Bloody->Laurel->TH
I didn't have a high clearance vehicle, and had to do it on foot from the 'desert floor' (it certainly felt like desert on the way back)! Ten hours round trip for me, but if you are younger, you can knock off an hour or three from the total time. Once you reach the ridge of the mountain from the Laurel Pass, a use trail guides you all the way to the top. Many signatures in the register this year: looks like a very popular peak.
Cool snow climb
I think the drive took as long as the hike? Slowly made our way up the Laurel Lakes road in our 4x4 pickup. Fourth time in here, and it's just as gnarly as ever. Parked by the lakes, then hiked back along the road to the trailhead. Followed the trail to Laurel Pass, then followed the E ridge to the summit. Some enjoyable ridge scrambling in between sections of loose shale. Not super enjoyable, but the views more than make up for the terrain. Fantastic!
From Laurel Canyon up the NE ridge. Almost ran out of gas driving up Laurel Canyon road. Didn't anticipate my mad 4x4 road driving skillz were in need of massive honing. Sweet views for not much effort (hiking, that is).
Climbed Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne Meadows in the morning, then hiked Bloody Mountain as a side trip on the drive home. The hiking on the NE ridge is nothing to write home about, but the views off of each side of the ridge are spectacular and we all really enjoyed this peak.
There was a SAR in progress on Laurel Mountain and we talked to a few of the SAR members who were searching Laurel's SW side. On our drive out, we saw the same SAR members who told us two climbers got cliffed out and spent Saturday night on Laurel, but were hoisted out by helicopter on Sunday afternoon. We heard the chopper, but couldn't see any of the action from Bloody's NE ridge.
Climbed this route later in the year with a team of six from SMG. From base camp (Laurel lakes), it took us about 3 hrs to summit and 2 hrs to descend the NW ridge. At the time the couloir was still in good shape and made for a good steep climb. Overall, this was a great trip. The road leading into Laurel canyon IS as rough as everyone says. You most definitely need a reliable 4WD vehicle with a good amount of ground clearance and good tires to tackle this beast. We used a 2001 Durango and a later model Ford F350 Super Duty to get in and out.
East Ridge from Sherwin Rd.
Climbed with brother Jon and a friend -- still have the photos.
Drove almost to the switchbacks. Climbed the looker's left side of the couloir behind a party of five who camped at Laurel Lakes the night before. Skied the looker's right side of the rock islands on soft snow. Great summit views.
Climbed the right fork of Bloody Couloir. Steep but soft snow made the climb easy going. Fun route!
Good conditional hike. Wish we did the bloody couloir.
Went up from the saddle on SW side of mountain- then down NE ridge. Continued up and over Laurel to reach TH at Convict Lake.
Drove to 9,400' and then dayhiked the ridge from the Laurel/Bloody saddle. Some snow, but not too bad. Great views.
Took the very scenic drive up the 4x4 road following Laurel Creek. Got a flat on the rocks turning around at the trailhead. Went ahead for the easy dayhike, fixed the flat at the end.
Quite an enjoyable outing, especially once the skis went on.
A quick scree slog from Laurel Lakes.