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gimpilator28 Peaks in 15 Days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2016


We walked the south road which was snow covered above 7000 feet. I tagged the south peak as well on the way down.

Other peaks we did during this trip include; Cheyenne, Muddy Mountain, Muddy Peak, Virgin, The Orphan, Silica Dome, Cairn, The Sentinel, East Redstone, Redstone, Mystery Cairn, Vista, Hayford, Clark, McCullough, Spirit, Stepladder, Big Maria, False Maria, Black Butte, Chuckwalla, Pinto, Orocopia, Toro, Santa Rosa, and Thomas.

Click here to see the trip report with photos.
Posted Dec 20, 2016 11:10 am

philadendronVia Service Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2014


Didn't mind getting the majority of the vertical over with in the first 1.5 miles, but coming down that same section was hell on my knees. Otherwise, felt good and shared the summit with someone who approached via the wash/ridge to the West/Northwest.
Posted Apr 13, 2014 1:23 pm

fedakService Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2014


Another quick training trip up the brutally graded service road.
Pics/commentary are here.

Very little snow this year and supposedly someone shotgunned up the snowcat that used to be up there. The approach and ridge road had also been regraded since my last trip.
Posted Jan 13, 2014 3:29 pm

RaymondShevskyService road slog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2013


Steep leg workout in the desert heat!
Posted Dec 19, 2013 5:47 pm

DougHemkenPinyons, junipers, cliffs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2013


A beautiful afternoon hike! I was surprised at how few footprints I found!

On the route from the West: Easiest to follow the ridgeline/cliff edge. Although there are a few little ups and downs (including mild third class), the going is easier than wandering among all the trees.
Posted Apr 2, 2013 12:20 pm

jdmorehouseFrom the West  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2012


I got a late start and was surprised by how slow going it was. I came down some cliffy areas in the dark.
Posted Mar 13, 2013 1:37 pm

seanoFrom the northwest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2012


Doing this in the clouds without much beta, we started from just before the "we'll shoot you" buildings on the Potosi Pass road, and ended up finding a class 3 route way on the west end of the west ridge. We (finally) summited in a light snow shower, descended near the old power line, and picked up an old trail back to the car.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 10:12 am

jtellisservice road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2012


Took the service road up from the gate -- a good leg-burner on the way up to the ridge. Great views in all directions, though the wind was intense and sandstorms began to kick up in the distance. Nobody else around, which was nice. I saw wild horses on the way in, and took a spin through Goodsprings at the end of the hike, which was interesting. Knees are a bit sore -- that steep paved road is really hard on the legs during the descent.
Posted Mar 25, 2012 9:55 pm

fedakService Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2011


Couple stretches of the road were still holding a fair amount of ice/snow. (A maintenance truck got stuck in a snowbank while I was on the peak)

Nice clear day and great 360 views from the summit. Damn steep initial stretch of road.

Pics and trip report here.
Posted Feb 11, 2011 2:27 am

ShinLV3 times from different way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2010


I tried it as an training hike for C2C (Cactus to Cloud) hike. It was good but boaring. So, I have decided to descend the South East Face Canyon and hike back up to the 1st antenna tower then descent different way.
Trip Report

I also hiked up from Potosi Spring. It was fun clss 2-3 hike.
7.75 mile round trip.
From Potosi Spring trip report
Posted Feb 6, 2011 1:19 pm

DeanNice day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2009


A nice breeze kept the heat at bay. About ten miles from the gate round trip and it took me three hours up and two down. The last two miles are knee killers and I was glad I had trekking poles to save my aging knees. Signed the register that Sacha placed and noticed some familiar names. Great views from up there. I wanted a good workout for some upcoming and longer hikes in Arizona and this one filled the bill perfectly.
Posted Apr 20, 2009 9:06 pm

lasvegaswraithLook out for the Service Guys  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2009


Nice trip up, except for nearly being run down by the service guys near the top. They should be added to Moapa's list of potential hazards.
Posted Apr 6, 2009 12:28 am

surgentGood exercise.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2008


Followed service road to the top. Nothing logistical. Just a good day out for a hike. Views are very nice in all directions. Evidence of 2005 fire everywhere, but parts are growing back nicely.
Posted Apr 7, 2008 3:41 pm

Bob BurdFrom Potosi Spring  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2008

Bob Burd

After Bridge Mtn in the morning, this one was rather bland. Still, a nice afternoon hike. Trip Report
Posted Mar 6, 2008 11:13 pm

jimeganMT POTOSI  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2000


Posted Feb 8, 2008 7:37 am

redsplashman23Up the Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2007


Very Steep Road the 1st half of the hike. Great Views in all directions!
Posted Nov 20, 2007 11:09 pm

LV HikerVia the service road to the top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2004

LV Hiker

A couple of friends and I went after this peak by using the 4x4 road that goes to the top. From previous reconnaissance we knew that there was a locked gate, and even if it was unlocked it was a bit much for my buddys truck. Today however the gate was unlocked. We still chose to park at the gate and hike to the summit.

We parked at N 35 55.051 , W 115 29.339 and began our 4 1/2 mile climb to the summit at apx. 0750. The sky was cloudless and I would guess the temperature was in the low 70's. There was a very slight breeze. It was a beautiful hike going up. The views were awesome! We finally reached the summit at apx. 1240.

It took us nearly 5 hours from where we parked until we arrived at the summit. Of course you must remember we're 3 old guys. A younger hiker in better shape could probably shave quite a bit of time off of that number.

We had lunch near the summit, took a few photos, then began our descent. I'm not sure which was harder, the hike up or trying to keep from slipping and/or twisting an ankle on the way down. The road is very steep and we all slipped numerous times on the loose gravel. Luckily none of us were hurt.

The heat started to get to me on the way down, but then I'm a real whiner when it comes to the heat. Fortunately I had hiked up nearly a gallon of water. All of us were out of liquid by the time we reached the bottom. Conveniently my buddy always has a well stocked ice chest waiting back at the truck.

It only took us about 2 hours to hike back to the truck. I should mention that we did hitch a ride from a passing 4x4 on the way back, but we were only about .25 from the truck anyway. But even that short ride was a blessing on my sore feet.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 10:07 am

MoapaPkWindow shopping  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006


The Siberian and I decided to go straight up the north side of the ridge, and popped through one of the windows. That was the highlight of the trip, which is mainly a trudge.

We finally overcame the Potosi curse on the Siberian. Her first try, she was chased off the peak by giant birds; the 2nd try, miniature dogs nipped at their heels and drove them down. The third try, the other members of the group were suddenly struck with dementia-altitude sickness and forced her to descend.

This peak should definitely be on the DPS list; the giant birds and miniature dogs alone make it a tough climb.
Posted Apr 30, 2006 2:09 am

Tracyroute climbed: service road from the south  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 1984


I climbed this one with my good friends the Clark brothers, Dennis and Craig (both doctors now). Dennis stayed down by the radio towers, but if I recall correctly, Craig made it to the top with me. We witnessed one of the most awesome sunsets I ever remember seeing on the way down.

I revisited this mountain on 3/11/11 with Earl Alger and we were satisfied with reaching the south peak (elevation 8,192) which we accessed via the service road after visiting Bird Spring Range highpoint a hour or two earlier.
Posted Apr 21, 2006 4:51 am

MoapaPkRoute Climbed: Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!


As regards the Lombard Crash site, please realize there has been a lot of vandalism here, and know:

"...The USFS district archaeologist and rangers are now aware of this and are actively monitoring the site for his and others illegal activity. Since the crash site is considered an historical site, over 50 years old and on Public (Federal) Land, digging or removing any debris from this crash site is a felony punishable by 100,000 dollar fine, 5 years in prison and/or both. Going in there and taking pictures so far is not a problem. "

Posted Nov 16, 2005 11:30 pm

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