argentine pass - TRAIL

argentine pass - Trail, Georgetown, Colorado

all fire roads. and though this doesn't sound exciting at first, it turns out to be one of the best mind-game climbs i've ever done with a pretty crazy-cool descent.

User Reviews (7)

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Brad Garrett   Weekend Warrior [Aug 06, 2007]

It was a fun experience since I have never ridden it before so I am always game for new scenery.

I parked at the visitors center in georgetown for good pavement warm-up starting at 8500 ft. I took a wrong turn and ended up at some waterfall, this cost me a good 20 minutes, although I saw some cool remnants of a mining site.

Once I actually found the trail it was just a nice mellow grind. I took a side trail up that followed the river and crossed the stream twice, this was more technical and slower than if I had climbed the main fire road (I came down on the main fire road).

Once I passed the mine and made the final grunt I encountered wet loose chunky surface that made staying in my saddle next to impossible. I elected to hike-a-bike most of the final ascent with the exception of a few hard packed spots.

The view up top was awesome, and I was surprised to see so few bikers. I only saw 2 the entire day.

I calculated my round trip to be approximately 4500 vertical gain and it took approx 4.75 hours (round trip), although I did not take the main fire road up, I encountered a wicked cobble stone-ish section that was nearly unrideable in the misty conditons, I think it would have saved me at least a half hour. Not sure how many total miles.

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4
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Macaroni   Weekend Warrior [Jun 29, 2007]

I love this trail. It was actually built in the early 1900's a railroad. Argentine Pass goes over 13,000 feet and it is beautiful at the top - - amazing views. There's nothing technical about it, except the fact that you approach the speed of sound as you descend, and you really have to be in your toes, because a fall at those speeds would be real bad. Try having someone drive you to to the top and ride down.

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4
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4
cyclorado   Cross Country Rider [Mar 04, 2004]

Nice ride with great views and old mines. Some 4x4 traffic, but not too bad. Bombed down some fun side roads, but dead-ended in creek bed, ended up climbing back up the same way down.

Customer Service

Find route from Silver Plume.

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3
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3
richard chittick   [Jul 08, 1999]

this is pure climbing. it never stops, and it never turns. once you get passed the last switchback in the first mile of the fire road, it's just straight up to treeline, about 7-8 miles. if you start in georgetown and ride to waldorf, you're talking 2600 vertical feet of climbing into one of the prettiest alpine environments this close to denver. the scenery makes the effort so worthwhile.

nota bene: bring food and try to finish before 2. this is alpine territory, and the weather ain't all too predictable, especially since you can't see over the pass to know what's coming across summit county. i recommend a very full camelbak with some sort of extra layer, such as a vest or a shell, strapped to the side.

Customer Service

treeline: this is a great way to see the area and find out just how hard this ride will push you. simply follow the directions above until you get to the abandaoned mining camp of waldorf. it takes a while and it's all climbing, but not granny gear climbing. at waldorf, either hang a right to get up above the trees or go straight through towards the pass to get up above the trees.

Similar Products Used: argentine pass itself, grays peak fire road
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4
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dave   [Jul 14, 1999]

Rode this in the middle of August last year. We started in Silverthorne, so you can do some cool singletrack at the bottom. Once you connect to the main fire road, it is straight, boy. All climbing, but very doable in the middle. Once we got pretty far above treeline, it started sleet/snowing, so we had to turn around. Put on tights and jacket for the descent. The descent would've been great in warm weather, but I was really really needing some winter gloves (in August)! Frostbit hands that had no feeling let me enjoy the ride less than I otherwise would have. I'll give it 3 tires, but if we'd made it to the top, and if I could've enjoyed the downhill, it probably would have hit 4 tires. Great scenery, though.

Customer Service

if you start at the dead end in Silverthorne, you can hit some singletrack that takes you over the ridge to the main fire road.

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3
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Tim   [Oct 22, 1999]

This is quite an easy ride, except for the alpine part. Don't attempt when the weather is bad and try to be done by 2. A strong rider can make it to the top of Mt. McClellan and back in about 4 hours.

Customer Service

Start in SilverPlume to get the psuedo - single track in the first 5 miles.

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4
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Elan   [Jan 01, 2002]

every one talks about the ride up, jsut shut up and ride up the mining dump, and turn around and bomb it. it is such a fast ride, just becareful of the rocks. then theres a buch of side roads. Side roads will take you to the top of Mclullen, Argentine, and above Cabin creek.

Customer Service

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Similar Products Used: Silver creek, Grays peak/ grizzly gulch, BArd creek, N Empire.
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5
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Dan   [Apr 13, 2002]

Dillon to the trailhead is all gradual and a great warmup for a long day.This is the other side of the pass that no-one has reviewed,probably because its pretty much un-ride-able.Although Stan has rode down it.The bottom of the pass is rideable,but not the long straitaway to the summit{map}.
Duck tape and foam rubber protecting the cleats make for an intresting 1 hour hike.A few short stints in the saddle on short flat spots make the darn bike handy.
Like they say in the other reviews the downhill is great.Good colours in the fall.Go Straight{ha}at a major switchback to get to Silverplume{map},Gotta go that way.
So here`s 9200Ft.again.Since we havent really done any serious riding yet,take the hard way home.Pavement to bakerville{3mi},dirt bike trail to Loveland ski area{3more}.
Over the tunnel.Ski area service road.Take a right at a fork or bushwhack.The road does not gain the ridge so you`ll have to walk a little at the top.You want to be far north of the chairlift that gains the ridge.Look for a trail down the other side that goes down to the north,not hard to spot.Here`s another 10 mile downhill Back to Dillon,O-boy.

Customer Service

Big loop,63 miles.Dillon to Dillon.11hrs.9200ft.to 13,000ft,twice.Dillon to Peru creek to Argentine trailhead to pass to Silverplume to the top of Loveland ski area to Dillon.Gnarly.

Similar Products Used: Ski area service road.Any.
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4
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