Ascent of Bloody Mountain on 2016-07-03

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jeff Casey
Mark Rosen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bloody Mountain
    Elevation:12552 ft / 3825 m

Ascent Trip Report

Laurel Lakes Road is a tough 4WD road, but it is doable, and it gets better above 8400'. There is a great spot to camp with plenty of room for several cars and tents at about 8430' (right where the road bends south). From that spot, one has a 180 degree view from Banner Peak to Glass Mountain to the White Mountains.

It's not clear whether the trail going over the pass between Laurel and Bloody Mountains is officially maintained or not, but it's very easy to follow. It's a little hard to spot from the road, and there is only room for 2-3 vehicles to pull out. The trail has enough switchbacks that the elevation gain is gradual.

From the saddle, we headed straight up the ridge. Surprisingly, there was no trace of a trail at the saddle or for a little ways above it, but staying on the ridge we were able to follow a trail (sometimes multiple) almost all the way to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2652 ft / 808 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1758 ft / 535 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2652 ft / 808 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Northeast ridge
    Start Trailhead:Laurel Lakes Rd @ 9,900'  9900 ft / 3017 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1758 ft / 535 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Northeast ridge
    End Trailhead:Saddle between Laurel and Bloody  10794 ft / 3290 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2016 Bloody Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bloody Mountain2016-07-03 a2652 ft / 808 m
2Laurel Mountain2016-07-03 b1017 ft / 310 m
Total Trip Gain: 3669 ft / 1118 m    Total Trip Loss: 3669 ft / 1118 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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