Bloody Mountain via Laurel Lakes Road and the Northeast Ridge
ElevationAscent: 5,100' 1,554 m
Descent: -5,099' -1,554 m
High: 12,434' 3,790 m
Low: 7,334' 2,236 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)
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“Enjoy epic mountain running with epic views on this route up Bloody Mountain.”— Adam Hodges
Follow Laurel Lakes Road as it switchbacks up the hillside and disappears into the valley. After climbing about a mile and a half, the trail flattens out a bit and takes you through a grove of aspen trees. After about three miles from the start, the grade steepens again with another set of switchbacks.
At about 4.25 miles from the start, keep your eyes open for a trail on the left side of the road. It can be easy to miss as there are no trail markers. Take this trail (the Laurel Lakes - Edith Lake Trail) and follow it up the hillside to the saddle between Laurel Mountain (to your left) and Bloody Mountain (to your right).
From the saddle, leave the trail and head toward the ridge of Bloody Mountain. Here you'll pick up a faint but visible use trail that will lead you all the way to the summit. But first, you must navigate the ridgeline and a few false summits along the way.
As you begin the ascent along the ridge, the true summit will be hidden from view. But keep at it, and you'll soon find yourself standing on the summit and enjoying the spectacular panorama.