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Laurel Mountain is the large colorful mountain to the west of Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierra, just to the southeast of Mammoth Lakes. The east face of Laurel is made of crazy colorful metamorphic rocks which drop thousands of feet down to Convict Lake below as the Sevehah cliffs. The Mendenhall Couloir is the obvious gully that splits the Sevehah cliffs and leads right up to the summit of the mountain. The north and west sides of the mountain are rubble hikes.
Park either at Convict Lake or at the top of the Laurel Canyon jeep trail, depending if you want to climb the East side or the North side of the mountain.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Laurel Mountain:
Mendenhall Couloir 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Trad, Alpine, 3000'
SE Rib 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine, 3000'
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Hai'nanu 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A2+ CA : High Sierra : Laurel Mountain
The Paiute Indians call Convict Lake "Wutsunupa" - lake in a dent in the ground; or an old legend names it "Tuvaimawiye'e" - lake that follows the enemy. Hai'nanu, a Paiute boy disrespected the lake and challenged its power. The lake chased him up into the mountains and Hai'nanu escaped the high water only by jumping through a hole in the sky.The route follows weaknesses up the right side of the main wall of the Sevehah cliff and then a long ridge to the summit. There are three bolts ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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