Ascent of Bloody Mountain on 2018-09-30

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bloody Mountain
    Elevation:12552 ft / 3825 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a long outing to Gray Peak, I car-camped at my friend's campsite in Yosemite Valley. I was pretty pessimistic that I would be feeling up to climbing anything the next day, but sleep did wonders for my body, even if it was in the back of my rental SUV. I left Yosemite Valley around 6:30am and drove east to the Whoa Nellie Deli where I had breakfast and studied up on the route to Bloody Mountain.

I continued the drive down 395 and made my way up Laurel Lakes Road. In some places I used every bit of clearance that my rental 4Runner gave me, but the road improved somewhat as I got above 8,000ft. There are many Aspen groves on the ascent into the canyon, and I stopped numerous times to take photos of the fall colors. Including all of the stops and accidentally going too far, it took me an hour and a half on Laurel Lakes Road to reach the trailhead at the turnoff below the saddle, where I started around 12:50pm.

The trail was very good up to the saddle between Laurel and Bloody where I started up the gentle slopes to the south. There was a faint use trail that led the entire way to the summit, but I didn't try to follow it too religiously. I reached the summit around 2:30pm and was treated to outstanding views all around on the perfect autumn day. I got back to my car at 4:00pm and slowly made my way back down the road and continued to Bishop, where I would stay before tackling Split Mountain the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2766 ft / 843 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:NE Ridge
    Trailhead:Road below saddle  9786 ft / 2982 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rafee Memon
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