Ascent of Potosi Mountain on 2018-09-24

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Potosi Mountain
    Elevation:8514 ft / 2595 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the pavement it is approximately 2 miles to the gate on the access road. The road is in good shape, though there are loose rocks littering it. The only obstacle of any note is a slight cut across the road that would simply require a low clearance vehicle to navigate carefully. Otherwise, it was an easy drive and there is room for about two cars at the gate. For the adventurous there is actually a steep jeep trail circumventing the gate. I bet a good 4x4 driver with the right vehicle could get up it, but it's probably better left for the ATVs.

Almost immediately after starting, I was glad that I got there an hour earlier than I had originally intended. The road is incredibly steep, and it hit me hard going up it. By the time I got back to my car, it was 90 out, which would have been brutal if I were going up. All of the steep portions of the road are paved, so it's not bad. But, I was relieved to reach the saddle and begin the traverse toward South Potosi. I ran into a few deer and a wild mustang! Otherwise, the landscape is rather barren until close to the summit, which holds a sparse juniper forest. There are expansive views of both Vegas and the other desert ranges.

The summit it covered in radio towers and a number of signs stating that radio signals may exceed the FCC limit. The summit register is actually right next to a large dish at ground level. Unfortunately, there are two registers in an ammo can on the summit, but they were both soaked. Being the desert though, at least they weren't moldy. If I had had more time, they could probably have been safely dried out in the sun. Future peakbaggers might want to bring a replacement register or plan on restoring the existing ones.

The descent was uneventful, though I did tag South Potosi on the way down. The cat track on the north side just has ankle high grass but was otherwise easy to follow. The final two mile descent to the car made me realize just how steep the access road is. I practically had to lean back to stay in balance.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:9.7 mi / 15.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Access Road
    Start Trailhead:Gate  
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Access Road
    End Trailhead:Gate  
    Time:1 Hours 18 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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