Ascent of Potosi Mountain on 2018-11-04
|Others in Party:||Cheryl Thomas|
|Date:||Sunday, November 4, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||8514 ft / 2595 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe 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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