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.
Climbed the right fork of Bloody Couloir. Steep but soft snow made the climb easy going. Fun route!
Super fun couloir. A bit short in Sept, but still long enough to be fun and icy all the way. Took the right fork and definitely enjoyed it. Only had one tool, another might have been useful, but certainly not needed.
Long walk back, but a very nice cruise of a descent in glorious weather, snow, and place.
Hiked up the NE Ridge and skied down on better-than-expected snow. Up high the hard-frozen snow had a layer of hail that made it reasonable, and lower down there was actually some nice corn. The last few hundred feet were junky suncups. Came down on AT gear, and my friend Dave was on his snowboard.
Solo climb - Totally beautiful couloir, hard frozen snow; perfect weather. Brought 2 axes for the right fork but after "shitting myself" over large rockfall, I opted for the "cheesy" route on the left. Loved it like cake on top! Descended by way of north ridge choss slide and into a rock chute, then down to the road; couloir frozen too hard to glissade. Had to park next to telescope hut due to undesirable road conditions for my pansy Xterra, so I got my good hike in as well. Pretty pleased with this mountain.