Lottie Potrero Trail – Silver Peaks Wilderness
There are a number of abandoned or nearly abandoned trails in the Ventana. The Lottie Potrero trail falls into the “nearly abandoned” category. The existence of this trail opens up the opportunity for some nice loops in the Silver Peaks wilderness, so I decided to go check it out, and combine it with the Three Peaks trail into a concise loop.
As it turns out, we were able to find the trail easily enough for about 90% of the route. In a few places, we walked in the stream, which probably is not part of the historical route. The going was slow for a run, but if our intent had been hiking, the overgrowth didn’t slow us down much. In one location, we had to route several feet around the Lottie Potrero route due to a small land slide. Otherwise, the route is quite intact.
You’ll want to follow our GPS track – except near Baldwin Ranch Area. There is a Buddhist Hermitage that you need to walk through. You will need to be quiet here, and only walk on the fire road, which you are allowed. Initially, we mis-interpreted the sign, and tried to navigate around the private property (via the dry creek bed). Later, we discovered that you are allowed to travel Baldwin Ranch road; you just can’t leave the road. Our track goes around the gate, but you can just go through it. Otherwise, following our GPS track will keep you on the Lottie Potrero trail almost entirely (except briefly just before the Heisel Cabin, where we deviated into the creek).