Ascent of Potato Peak on 2017-09-30

Climber: Andy Spivack

Date:Saturday, September 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Potato Peak
    Elevation:10237 ft / 3120 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed Greg Gerlach's directions to Rough Creek via Aurora Canyon Road to Bodie-Masonic Road (roughly 12.5 miles from downtown Bridgeport). Made it up here with my friends in their subcompact Toyota Echo. Roads are in great shape and easily done by car.

Followed the 4WD road up from Rough Creek toward Potato Peak. As the road ended headed cross country straight toward the peak. Perhaps one or two easy class 3 moves near the summit, depending on specifically where you end up ascending the peak. Descended the mellower west side and walked the 4WD trail to Bodie Mountain and cross country to the top from there. Descended back towards Rough Creek through a wash that made for easy going.

Views of the Sierra, Bridgeport Valley, and Mono Lake are incredible from both Peaks. You can also see the historic ghost town of Bodie from the top of Bodie Mountain.

Took Bodie-Masonic Road rest of the way to town of Bodie. All-in-all, a fun day of solitude on little visited peaks and dirt roads.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1522 ft / 463 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1522 ft / 463 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1193 ft / 363 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Bodie-Masonic Road at Rough Creek  9044 ft / 2756 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1522 ft / 463 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1193 ft / 364 m; Extra: 329 ft / 100m
    Gain on way out:329 ft / 100 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    End Trailhead:Bodie-Masonic Road at Rough Creek  9044 ft / 2756 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Potato-Bodie

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Potato Peak2017-09-301522 ft / 464 m
2Bodie Mountain2017-09-301522 ft / 464 m
Total Trip Gain: 3044 ft / 928 m    Total Trip Loss: 3044 ft / 928 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andy Spivack
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