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Mt. Potosi

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About Mt. Potosi:

Mt. Potosi is the massive mountain that sits just south of the Red Rocks area, just off SR 160. The untapped potential in this area is high, but the parts that have been developed are steep, difficult, and only for those who crank hard. If you can't climb in the .12 range, don't bother visiting.

Access: Access is generally not a problem. However, high-clearance and/or 4WD are reccomended due to the rough nature of the dirt road.

When to climb: The elavation and orientation make the Clear light cave a solar collector. The best temps can be found from mid Autumn to mid Spring. The summer is too hot and your time would be better spent at Mt. Charleston. Routes of note: Moment of Clarity 12a, Santorini 12b, The Natural 12d, Capt. Crunch 13a, Pranayama 13c, The Annihilator 14c, Bachelor Party 14d

Nearest town or city: Las vegas
Directions: From SR 160 West look for pullout and cattle guard on left side of road as you approach the mountain, it will be obvious there is a restroom and staging area, make left off 160 onto unpaved road and over a cattle guard, a parking lot will be on your left at 9/10 of a mile, continue past this and make a right turn, there are two roads, both get you there, if you continue past the first right after the parking lot you will have a smoother ride, you will descend a steep hill on the left, at a fork in the road, then stay right at next fork, left fork also goes back to access road, drive into canyon and park at bird guzzler, walk straight up wash for 20 minutes, then make right up steep hill, The Cave will actually be almost behind you at first. The Trail was very obvious and easy to hike, A recent flood this year has destroyed 90 percent of it, although work is already being done to fix this , should be solid by spring.
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Camping: Yes
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