Ascent of Cerro el Potosí on 2018-11-17

Climber: Rob Woodall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cerro el Potosí
    Elevation:12205 ft / 3720 m

Ascent Trip Report

From NE, Diechiocho de Marzo (turn S off main highway at N24.88812° W100.17786°), drove the summit access road. Roughly paved with undressed stone, quite a rattly ride. A few rougher spots, also washed out at some creek crossings, not serious; the creek crossing just after the start will be a good indication of whether your vehicle will make the summit. My fairly basic SUV had no difficulties: just under 5 hours round trip including summit exploration and a few other stops. I parked at the final bend, allowing a short walk to the top.

Highpoint is either just north of a comms tower (N24.87327° W100.23183°, 3716m), or just south of a small building near the helipad (N24.87225° W100.23245°, 3719m): the two are too close to call with my hand level. Cairn a short way further S (N24.87189° W100.23308°, 3725m) is half a metre lower; summit 300m to S is 2-3m lower by hand level. The various summit installations are fortunately unfenced.

This was the final summit of my one week trip to the Monterrey area. I drove up in the dark, summitting around sunrise, to give me time to get back to Monterrey for my afternoon flight. The winding road through mountains and canyon to Linares was particularly scenic.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:66 ft / 20 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Start Trailhead:12139 ft / 3699 m
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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