Ascent of Potosi Mountain on 2022-02-23
|Others in Party:||Duncan Lennon|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, February 23, 2022|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8514 ft / 2595 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOur initial plan was Funeral Peak but an overnight blizzard at the Furnace Creek Wash woke us in the middle of the night so we scattered outta there before potentially getting stuck. We ended up doing Potosi instead. The snowstorm certainly made its presence throughout the area.
Potosi is a straight-forward road walk to the top where, once the ‘powerhouse’ is reached, you can follow some cables to the summit. There’s a microwave at the top.
You can add the bonus peak of S Potosi. We hiked up the separate road to S Potosi prior to the HP, linking them by descending what seemed to be a class 2 wash covered in snow back down to the main road. We initially thought a road connected the two without having to backtrack. Rather hop back over S Potosi, we ended up remaining on the road on our return.
The road was a bit icy, so I recommend spikes on the descent this time of year; and with the snowstorm I suspect a good 4-6” was seen although much of it wind blown with drifts as deep as a foot to two feet. Gaiters were useful.
The summit weather was moody and gray to the north and clearing out and blue to the south. Great views of New York Mountains, Clark, McCullough, Kingman, and the Nopah Range.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3305 ft / 1007 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||249 ft / 75 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Snow on Ground|
| Gain on way in:||3305 ft / 1007 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3056 ft / 932 m; Extra: 249 ft / 75m|
| Loss on way in:||249 ft / 75 m|
| Distance:||9.2 mi / 14.8 km|
| Start Trailhead:||5458 ft / 1663 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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