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Mount Potosi Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,300'
Location: 35.9808, -115.509 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mike A. Lewis on Jul 5, 2012


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Mount Potasi has at least a few different areas for sport climbing. The most prominent is the Clear Light Cave. There is also the Buena Vista wall, and maybe more by now. This area is relatively secluded and not very populated. The limestone is of relatively good quality. There are a plethora of routes from at least 5.10 to 5.14, with potential for harder routes.

Getting There 

When driving west from Las Vegas on 160 toward Pahrump, you will take a left on an obvious dirt road about 6.0 miles west of the intersection of 160 and 159 - this is only about 1.2 miles west of the Black Velvet Canyon dirt road on the right. The dirt road takes you into an area with BLM toilets and signs - popular for mountain biking.

Follow the dirt road south (becomes 4x4) for about 7.7 miles from 160 and turn right (west) onto another dirt road - you will be heading up toward the hills. The road forks immediately - go left. Go uphill and at the next fork, go left again. At 8.9 miles from 160, go left down a steep hill. Go straight until it dead ends at a parking lot. A water catcher for birds is at the parking lot.

The road can be in very bad shape at times. You may have to park somewhere along the road when it gets worse than you like. There are some pull-offs. From here you can hike to the Clear Light Cave and Buena Vista.

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Weather station 7.7 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Potosi

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Potosi:
New In Town   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   West Side : Comedy Crag
Whamo (1st anchor)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   East Side : Clear Light Cave
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   East Side : Clear Light Cave
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Featured Route For Mount Potosi
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Fight Milk 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  NV : Mount Potosi : ... : Clear Light Cave
Start on the east 10 in the center of the wall that is the access route to Pyramayama. Trolley your rope across the wall clipping one and I clipping the previous draw till you reach the mon potasi anchors. Head straight out the roof and meet up with end of Pyramayama....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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By Erik Durgin
Oct 1, 2013
Is there any good camping near by?
By Mike A. Lewis
From: Estes Park, CO
Jan 31, 2014
As far as I know, camping is illegal in the area of Mount Potasi.

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