Potosi Mountain Climber's Log

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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.

MoapaPk

MoapaPk - Nov 16, 2005 11:30 pm

Route 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. "



SusanM

SusanM - Jul 24, 2005 7:31 pm

Route Climbed: Potosi Mine Route Date Climbed: November 6, 2005

Climbed the east side of the mountain and checked out the Lombard crash site. Very interesting.



March 21, 2004 -Training and carrying extra weight in my pack. A tough little climb.

Day Hiker

Day Hiker - Feb 18, 2005 4:10 am

Route Climbed: Service Road Date Climbed: 19 December 2004  Sucess!

This was the perfect mountain to hike in mid December. It was sunny and "warm" (45F at 8500 feet in December) with no wind on the summit.

cp0915

cp0915 - Feb 17, 2005 2:35 pm

Route Climbed: From the West Date Climbed: in the spring  Sucess!

This is a really nice hike. The area is beautiful, relatively pristine, and it is unlikely you'll see another soul around. The antennas on the summit are a bit of a bummer, but oh well, it's still a nice peak.

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