Hiked up the OHV route to Laurel Lakes, then backtracked to the saddle. Up the snow and eventually up the annoying talus and scree. Coming down a slightly different route was much better. Maybe I'll try Bloody Peak next time.
Lovely gully climb through beautiful geology.
C2C solo alone from Convict Lake; 8.5hr r/t. Intense experience.
Very nice 3.5 hours climbing on legit class 3. I went out of my way not to follow the most popular route suggestions. For practical reasons I had to by-pass the two class 4 sections I came across. I have to admit that closing the summit I was ready to be done; it was getting repetitive. Also the rocks were getting too hot by 9:30 AM: my hands didn't like it. Not to mention that the summit is not visible until close to it. That took me by surprise. I hiked down the back side via the saddle and it took 2.5 hours to the parking lot.
Why would anyone entertain going up the class 2 slope is beyond me: it is a miserable hike going down. Going up must be complete torture.
But for sure, this is the dream of anyone who likes class 3 and doesn't like to hike for miles to get to it. This is by far the longest class 3 ascent on any mountain I've done. One gets easy class 3, stiff class 3, interesting class 3 and risky class 3. There is no exposure, but if one slips on the slabs in certain areas, there is nothing to grab on for a long fall.
The road to the trailhead for Laurel Pass, which is on the Laurel/Bloody saddle, has been rendered almost impassable except for rugged 4WD and ATVs. So for normal people, to get up Laurel and Bloody, you start way down in the desert. I bivvied halfway up to enjoy the Perseids, and then summited and returned the next day. Spectacular views of the Doroty Lakes group, Red Slate, Morrison, Baldwin and Bloody. What in the 60s was a great little scree scramble has tuned into a major undertaking.
Easy day scrambling up the NE gulley Kevin Graves and Bob Cable; descent wasn’t so bad either, literally ran down the NE ridge and left the boys behind.
Laurel Lakes Road definitely was not in winter shape, but once up the bushwack slope and on to the steeper stuff, winter was everywhere. Temps hovered around zero. Incredible views from the top.
Solid hike, looks exceedingly steep from Bloody but wasn't too bad.
Climbed with Mike Chen, 10 hrs car to car. Sustained fun climbing. The descent gully is one of the worst.
A nice cruise mostly up snow to the saddle and then an easy scramble to the summit from there. Stunning views and a good day out.
Climbed many times
With R. Renteria. Protecting any of this is futile. Leave the rope at home. Trip report
Got off-route up high (too far right) and climbed some sketchy higher angle rock up to the top.
Day hike from Convict Lake Trailhead. Windy and smoky day. Route: TH->Baldwin->Bloody->Laurel->TH
Great route with some fun sustained climbing. Much more fun than the NE ridge route. Base to summit in about 3.5 hours.
Adventurous, byzantine route--but you gotta love scree because this one serves up some of the Sierra's finest.
Fantastic! Probably my favorite climb of any.
Hiked up the Laurel Lakes Road all the way from down near Highway 395. Once at a decent spot, I hiked and scrambled up Laurel from the North through bush, scree, and rock. Much longer than anticipated, but I could see some climbers far ahead and towards the summit which motivated me to push on, as it looked like they had just finished on the NE route from the Convict Lake side and were making their own final ascent. Summited with some incredible views towards Bloody Mountain Duck Lake Peak, the Silver Divide, Red Slate, and deep in to the Sierra Range.
Had snowboarded Mammoth the day before, so my legs were asking to be taking off life support.
Not a very inspiring climb but gorgeous views from the summit!