Ascent of Potato Peak on 2000-07-04

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, July 4, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Potato Peak
    Elevation:10237 ft / 3120 m

Ascent Trip Report

Potato Peak is a short hike which offers good views of the Sierra and northern Mono Lake area. On highway 395 about 6.3 miles north of Conway Summit turn east onto route 270 toward Bodie. After 12.5 miles, the last three being good graded dirt, you will come to the entrance station for Bodie State Park. There is a one dollar per person entrance fee to proceed. Drive another 0.3 miles to the parking lot and turn left (northwest) onto a good dirt road called Geiger Grade. The road climbs up over the Bodie Hills and across high, barren ground. It makes some curves as it heads west along a deep canyon toward Rough Creek. After 4.3 miles from the parking lot you will cross Rough Creek and the road turns right and heads up hill. Note a road here on the left towards a fenced-in spring. You can drive this a short distance to park or proceed a few tenths of a mile higher with a four-wheel drive vehicle. Park and hike west to Potato Peak which is the rocky summit pinnacle due west. The route is about 3/4 mile from the spring or shorter if you drove higher up. The top summit rocks require some easy scrambling to reach the benchmark and register. From the spring allow about one hour for the ascent which has a gain of about 1000 ft. 7/00 RLC
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