Potosi Mountain Climber's Log

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jdmorehouse

jdmorehouse - Apr 3, 2018 1:38 pm Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2018

3rd Time  Sucess!

Beautiful weather, cool. Staying right on the crest of the ridge seems to work best. Good views in all directions.

gimpilator

gimpilator - Dec 20, 2016 11:10 am Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2016

28 Peaks in 15 Days  Sucess!

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.

philadendron

philadendron - Apr 13, 2014 1:23 pm Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2014

Via Service Road  Sucess!

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.

fedak

fedak - Jan 13, 2014 3:29 pm Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2014

Service Road  Sucess!

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.

RaymondShevsky

RaymondShevsky - Dec 19, 2013 5:47 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2013

Service road slog  Sucess!

Steep leg workout in the desert heat!

DougHemken

DougHemken - Apr 2, 2013 12:20 pm Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2013

Pinyons, junipers, cliffs  Sucess!

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.

jdmorehouse

jdmorehouse - Mar 13, 2013 1:37 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2012

From the West  Sucess!

I got a late start and was surprised by how slow going it was. I came down some cliffy areas in the dark.

seano

seano - Oct 15, 2012 10:12 am Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2012

From the northwest  Sucess!

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.

jtellis

jtellis - Mar 25, 2012 9:55 pm Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2012

service road  Sucess!

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.

fedak

fedak - Feb 11, 2011 2:27 am Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2011

Service Road  Sucess!

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.

ShinLV

ShinLV - Feb 6, 2011 1:19 pm Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2010

3 times from different way  Sucess!

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

Dean

Dean - Apr 20, 2009 9:06 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2009

Nice day hike  Sucess!

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.

lasvegaswraith

lasvegaswraith - Apr 6, 2009 12:28 am Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2009

Look out for the Service Guys  Sucess!

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.

surgent

surgent - Apr 7, 2008 3:41 pm Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2008

Good exercise.  Sucess!

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.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Mar 6, 2008 11:13 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2008

From Potosi Spring  Sucess!

After Bridge Mtn in the morning, this one was rather bland. Still, a nice afternoon hike. Trip Report

jimegan

jimegan - Feb 8, 2008 7:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2000

MT POTOSI  Sucess!

STD RTE FROM WEST
ALSO CLIMBED FROM EAST 11/9/00 AND 5/12/01

redsplashman23

redsplashman23 - Nov 20, 2007 11:09 pm Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2007

Up the Road  Sucess!

Very Steep Road the 1st half of the hike. Great Views in all directions!

LV Hiker

LV Hiker - Sep 7, 2006 10:07 am Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2004

Via the service road to the top  Sucess!

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.

MoapaPk

MoapaPk - Apr 30, 2006 2:09 am Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006

Window shopping  Sucess!

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.

Tracy

Tracy - Apr 21, 2006 4:51 am Date Climbed: Jan 3, 1984

route climbed: service road from the south  Sucess!

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.

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