|Peak:||Potosi Peak (13er)|
|Date of Info:||06/28/2020|
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new leader in the category of 'All-Time Chossiest Route Ever'. Move over "Thunder Pyramid", Potosi Peak is now champ.
What you suffer through during the crumbling loose rock and dirt gives way to a rewarding summit of a distinct peak you can always pick out from other San Juan summits.
Hiked up underneath Coffee Pot, turned right and hiked the saddle to Potosi. Route from low point of the saddle to the entire other side of the peak comes with a faint route and some key cairns. I tried to bolster any existing cairns that were helpful.
As others have reported, you do need to go all the way around the SE Ridge to find the right gully. The exit ramp is easily seen, then you choose your best line up to the flat, pebble covered summit.
I did take the escape gully down at the low point of the Coffee Pot/Potosi saddle. I scouted out the grassy terrain from below the night before AND from above with binoculars after the summit. I found the grassy passage to be at ~12,400', and there was a faint game trail I could pick out with the binoculars. I avoided the cliffs and merged right into the route I took up.
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