Ascent of Potosi Mountain on 2018-11-04

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Others in Party:Cheryl Thomas
Date:Sunday, November 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Potosi Mountain
    Elevation:8514 ft / 2595 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the West Ridge route up Potosi. There are a couple of pullouts to park along the Boy Scout Camp road before you get to the A-frame house. Access the Boy Scout Camp road from state highway 160 on the way from Las Vegas to Mountain Springs. The road is a maintained dirt road for a while then becomes unmaintained. Any high clearance vehicle shouldn't have any problems on this road. The route follows a series of ridges with steep cliffs to the northwest. Along the way there is plenty of bushwhacking and scrambling. To make the first ridge you must scramble up steep limestone slabs. On the way down these can be intimidating. Along the way try to stay close to the top of the ridge where the trees are not as thick. Otherwise you will be sidehilling trying to find a way through trees and other debris. There is a couple of cairned spots of class 2/3 scrambling along the way. Most class 3 plus scrambling can be avoided. We did try some class 4 just for fun. Don't stay long at the top near the microwave transceivers and RF towers unless you want to glow in the dark.
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Cheryl with the summit of Potosi Mountain with the towers in the background (2018-11-04). Photo by Jerry Thomas.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3348 ft / 1020 m
    Extra Gain:332 ft / 101 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Trailhead:5830 ft / 1776 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jerry Thomas
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