Potosi Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: North Couloir with descent of the standard route
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: Wildernessjane
Info: Summited Potosi via the North Couloir with a descent of the standard route. The couloir was continuous and still in good shape. We started up the couloir at 6:40 and didn't have any problems with rockfall (for reference, it had reached 32 degrees on the summit of Sneffels the night before). However, there was plenty of evidence of the route being the shooting gallery it is known for. The standard route was clear of snow. 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: Grover
Info: 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. 
Route: From Teakettle
Posted On: 2019-08-16, By: WildWanderer
Info: Summer conditions except for final gully: it has a surprising amount of snow, turning it into a class 3 scramble. The dirt around the snow is saturated with water and will suck your shoes off. 
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Route: Standard
Posted On: 2018-06-08, By: illusion7il
Info: All clear. Looks like there are 2 major fires now. Pic was taken at 5:30pm 
Route: North couloir
Posted On: 2018-05-17, By: trailboss88
Info: Ascended from Yankee Boy basin to saddle, dropped down other side to climb North couloir. Significant rockfall during climb. Soft snow on saddle (in sun since sunrise) and rockfall in area led me to descend to Weehawken Creek trail via some bushwhacking. Hitched ride back to Yankee Boy. 
Route: North Couloir
Posted On: 2016-05-14, By: k-berger
Info: Made an attempt at the North Couloir on Potosi today. Approached from Yankee Boy, the road is clear up to the governors basin junction. Snow on the east facing slope between coffee pot and Potosi down into the basin was pretty wet as we made our way down to the base of the Couloir (around 730 or . Didn't feel that we had the time to climb and ski Potosi before that slope was unsafe since we had to reclimb it. Hot day out there, ton of snow still. First pic is of the North Couloir, second one is of the saddle back up to coffee pot / Potosi. Wet slide likely happened the day before. 

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