Potosi Peak

Ouray, Colorado 81427

Potosi Peak

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In the San Juans 13,786 feet is a good elevation to be at. Two different peaks in two dramatic areas share this exact elevation: Animas Mountain in Ruby Basin and Potosi Peak in Yankee Boy Basin. Potosi Peak is often somewhat overshadowed by its popular fourteener neighbor, Mount Sneffels, and its Centennial thirteener neighbor, Teakettle. There is no arguing that the Sneffels Range is named after its most iconic and well-known fourteener, but which peak takes second place in terms of aesthetics and grandeur? Dallas? Teakettle or Coffee Pot? Gilpin? Stony? Or Potosi?

We’d like to think that without Potosi Peak, Yankee Boy Basin would be missing something special. In the summer Potosi’s standard route is a nightmarish climb and not recommended due to loose, rotten rock. Plastered in white, however, Potosi changes into something different altogether. If you read any online description of this peak, you will quickly notice the difference in climber’s sentiments depending on which season they climbed this peak."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,986 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round. Best late April to mid-June.
10,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
13,786 feet
Top Elevation
Trails Illustrated #141: Telluride / Silverton / Ouray / Lake City; USGS: Ironton and Telluride.
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Dec 2018