Last trip: 09/07/15
Trail Difficulty Rating: 3-4 (What is this?)
County: Clear Creek
Arapaho National Forest, CC Ranger District
Forest Service Road: 248.1
Total Trail miles: 16.1 In and back out.
Time: Allow 2.5 hours to travel one way
Trail Elevation: Low 9,527 High 13,300
Trail Type: Out and Back (What is this?)
Near By trails: McClellan Mountain (coming soon)
Near by Towns: Georgetown
Trailhead GPS coordinates: 39.6831N, 105.7027W
Trail End GPS coordinates: 39.6256N, 105.7819W
Argentine Pass is a longer trail, lots of fun and offers really cool views. The early trail is easy, and fun. There is a lot of room to pass other vehicles and a few trail spurs to explore. Trail is well marked follow the 248.1 trail signs to the Waldorf Mine (5.5 miles from start).
McClellan Mountain trail is on your drivers right (on your way up) and Argentine Pass is past the mine site on drivers left. The Mining claim is private property and should be treated as such. Looking around is fine, do not remove anything form the site.
This is where the trail becomes narrow, may be difficult to pass other vehicles. The rocks become larger and there is some wash out. There are rocks that protrude approximately 14 inches out of the trail just past the Mine. If you can make it past this point you can finish the trail. The last switchback is the crux of the trail, it has the largest rock obstacle. You can back up and take the inside line for the easiest route through the rocks. Enjoy the view!
We were unfortunately unable to enjoy the views for too long as the rain and sleet moved in, and we did not want to be at 13,300ft when the storm rolled through, so we made a hasty retreat.
I-70 to Georgetown, into downtown Georgetown make a right on to Rose St. It will dead end at Guanella Pass. Head up Guanella Pass for 2.4 miles. The trail head is on your right just past a large parking area.