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Elevation: 8,467 ft 2,581 m
GPS: 35.96641, -115.50218
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Mount Potosi is one of the major limestone sport climbing hubs in the Las Vegas area. This area is relatively secluded and not very populated. The limestone ranges in quality, but most of the established climbing is on good rock. There are hundreds of routes of nearly every grade, including some of the harder climbs in the country.

The mountain offers nearly year-round climbing, with sunnier spots like Cactus Joes and Clear Light Cave remaining climbable through much of the winter, while shadier, high-elevation spots like Old Spanish Trail Crags (Story Crags) and 5G remain pleasant on all but the hottest summer days.

Getting There Suggest change

Drive west from Las Vegas on 160 toward Pahrump. Mount Potosi is on the left (south) side of the road just before the small community of Mountain Springs.

See individual crags pages for their reaspective approaches on a variety of unpaved desert roads.

302 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Potosi

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 26
Ichabod's Poop Chute
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 54
Little Mochi
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 24
Capt'n Stab'n
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 38
Clem Fandango
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Rocks Are My Friends
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 46
Kentucky Kid
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 10
80 Feet of Heat
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 23
Movin’ to Minnesota
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 13
Guns and Provolone
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 15
Skipper the Eyechild
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 37
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 14
Jack O'Neill
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 29
Newtonian Mechanics
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Particle Accelerator
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 6
Countdown to Ecstasy
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ichabod's Poop Chute W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Spit Roasted Wall
 26
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Little Mochi W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 54
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Capt'n Stab'n W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > EnTRAPment Wall
 24
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Clem Fandango W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 38
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Rocks Are My Friends W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Kentucky Kid W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 46
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
80 Feet of Heat W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > EnTRAPment Wall
 10
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Movin’ to Minnesota W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 23
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Guns and Provolone E Side > Porcelain Wall
 13
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Skipper the Eyechild W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 15
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor) E Side > Clear Light Cave
 37
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Jack O'Neill W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 14
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Newtonian Mechanics W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 29
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Particle Accelerator W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Science Wall
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Countdown to Ecstasy E Side > Clear Light Cave
 6
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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