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Description 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.7 miles from here

53 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',6],['5.12',16],['5.13',17],['>=5.14',12],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in East Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for East Side:
Whamo (1st anchor)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   Clear Light Cave
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   Clear Light Cave
Santorini   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Clear Light Cave
Captain Caveman   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Clear Light Cave
Clear Moment   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport   Clear Light Cave
Mixed Emotions   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 60'   Clear Light Cave
Reverse Polarity   5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b     Sport, 50'   Clear Light Cave
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