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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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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 7.7 miles from here

150 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',49],['2 Stars',83],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',5],['5.8',17],['5.9',12],['5.10',40],['5.11',20],['5.12',24],['5.13',19],['>=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 Mount Potosi

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Potosi:
Lets fighting love   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 50'   North Side : Comedy Central
L.I.E.S. (Lies Intimidation Entrapment and Subterfuge)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 40'   Upper Cliffs : EnTRAPment Wall
South Park Cows   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 55'   North Side : Comedy Central
Make Love Not Warcraft   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 55'   North Side : Comedy Central
New In Town   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   North Side : Comedy Crag
Imagination Land   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 55'   North Side : Comedy Central
We killed Kenny   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 55'   North Side : Comedy Central
Bloody Zumba Class   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   North Side : Comedy Central
Gestapo Wardens   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   Upper Cliffs : EnTRAPment Wall
Drunk History   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 55'   North Side : Comedy Central
Ichabod's Poop Chute   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 100'   Upper Cliffs : Spit Roasted Wall
Acountabilibuddy   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   North Side : Comedy Central
24th of Morsch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 55'   North Side : Comedy Central
Hissy Fit   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   Upper Cliffs : Tantrum Wall
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
Santorini   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   East Side : Clear Light Cave
Captain Caveman   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   East Side : Clear Light Cave
Mixed Emotions   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 60'   East Side : Clear Light Cave
Reverse Polarity   5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b     Sport, 50'   East Side : Clear Light Cave
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Featured Route For Mount Potosi
Rock Climbing Photo: IPS

Ichabod's Poop Chute 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Nevada : Mount Potosi : ... : Spit Roasted Wall
This route is of extremely high quality. Great rock, movement and length. It just might be the best single pitch sport 5.10A in Las Vegas. Do it!Starts just left of a large rock leaning on the cliff. Climb a thin start to a runnel romp of a good time for 100 feet! Several thoughtful cruxes.CLASSIC!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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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.
By Garçon Rouge
Mar 26, 2017
if anyone is going out to Potosi in the next two days (March 27 or 28) please get back to me on here. We left a small blue bag in the Sleepy Hollow area earlier today and would like to get it back if possible.

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