Beautiful weather, cool. Staying right on the crest of the ridge seems to work best. Good views in all directions.
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.
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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.
Another quick training trip up the brutally graded service road.
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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.
Steep leg workout in the desert heat!
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.
I got a late start and was surprised by how slow going it was. I came down some cliffy areas in the dark.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also hiked up from Potosi Spring. It was fun clss 2-3 hike.
7.75 mile round trip.
From Potosi Spring trip report
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.
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.
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.
After Bridge Mtn in the morning, this one was rather bland. Still, a nice afternoon hike. Trip Report
STD RTE FROM WEST
ALSO CLIMBED FROM EAST 11/9/00 AND 5/12/01
Very Steep Road the 1st half of the hike. Great Views in all directions!
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.
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.
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.