Ascent of Potosi Mountain on 2011-10-27
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, October 27, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8514 ft / 2595 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI opted for a road hike to get to the summit of Potosi Mtn. I approached from I-15 at Exit 12 in Jean. Zero your odometer and head north towards Goodsprings. At 7.2 miles in Goodsprings turn right at the stop sign on Esmeralda Street, at 7.4 miles turn right at the stop sign, and at 7.5 miles turn left towards the electric power station on a gravel road. At 7.7 miles take the left fork, and at 7.9 miles join the paved Goodsprings Bypass Road. Goodsprings can be avoided all together by taking the Goodsprings Bypass Road. Stay on the bypass road to mile 12.3 where you take the left fork onto a gravel road. At 14.3 miles reach a locked gate and park at elevation 5,450 ft.
Hike up the steep road that is mostly paved. At about 7,300 ft the road reaches a saddle and ridge and is less steep from there to the summit. The road roughly follows the ridge to the summit, but first you have to pass two subpeaks that are filled with comm towers. The first one is South Potosi and the road branches here with the right fork going up to South Potosi and the left fork going around this subpeak and then following the ridge towards the summit. I took the right fork, tagged the summit of South Potosi that is on the right side of the road and then followed an old CAT track down the north side where I rejoined the road to Potosi Mtn. Further along there is another cluster of comm towers that I ignored and took the left fork down to a saddle and then up to the summit of Potosi Mtn. The summit is beyond the buildings that you pass on the left side and then climb a steep rocky path up to the last tower where the summit is located. Great views from the summit including a stunning view of Las Vegas. It would be great to be up here at night to see Las Vegas all lit up.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3870 ft / 1180 m|
| Distance:||9.4 mi / 15.2 km|
| Route:||Road Hike|
| Trailhead:||4644 ft / 1415 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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