We planned to make a loop from the three rivers trail, to the crest trail, and then back along the dry canyon trail. We made it to the start of the dry canyon trail, but then lost the trail because of a lot of fallen trees right on the trail. We looked around for a while and ended up turning back and coming down the way we went up. If you want to do the loop, try going up the dry canyon trail and then coming back down on the three rivers trail. Once you get to the top of the ridge where T46 and T25 intersect, there is a sign and the trail is a little easier to follow.
Aside from that, the hike was great! The view from the top is good and the grassy hilltop is unique as well. It is a bit slow-going because of all of the creek crossing sand elevation change. I would suggest wearing pants because some of the brush is thick and there are some patches of nasty nettle at the top that will sting your legs.
We saw one rattlesnake and a few lizards but nothing else too exciting.
We left from crest trail head #25 headed toward nogal TH, the scenery was very different than typical woods and pines, due to the little bear fire...but the area has recovered well. After mile 4 the trail was not maintain as well, large heavy rock and very thorny type brush. Gaiters, walking stick and high ankle boots a must....the trail disappears below buck mountain and no water source so take an extra 32 oz to be safe. Overall we loved it....another hiker highly recommend going from nogal to monjeau peak little more pleasant not so vertical.
The trail is very visible through the woods and wide enough for two side by side for parts of the trail. The river was flowing but it wasnt very high. Apparently it's been a real dry year. We only did a couple miles since our youngest is only 2 years old. There are some bigger rocks along the ay that the kids climbed on. If they like climbing, they will enjoy the trail even more. I loved the trail alot though since I live in the desert and miss the woods and flowing water.
Kaley B. on Argentina Peak
Beautiful views from the top. Remnants of campfires from backpackers. Also saw plenty of bones (deer probably) while exploring. Cool geocache up there, too. Connects with Crest Trail at the top. Steady uphill on the way up, but not too difficult.
Really great trail. Cut over to Argentina from the Crest Trail. Views at the top were beautiful even considering the burn scars. Recent rains have left the hills green and lush. The wild iris and indian paint brush were blooming. The creek was full and gurgling. We only met one other couple along the trail. Start early as it gets warm at the top. Carry your trail map to link up with other trails. Current maps available at the Ranger Station at Cedar Creek show closed trails.
Great trail! Almost the entire trail runs along a stream until you begin to zig-zag your way out of the canyon through a few switchbacks towards the top. It is a very tough hike if you're not used to the altitude. The trail is a steady incline nearly the whole way until you reach the top. But once there, there are lots of nice places to rest and have lunch among the trees with great views! Also at the top Junction point there is a no trail peak worth the climb.
Went out to do this trail on Labor Day weekend September 1st, 2013. It has been fairly well traveled lately so following the trail was not that difficult in most areas. The tricky part is making sure to look for all the switchbacks that are throughout the trail, when the trail seems to fade look back and make sure you didnt miss a switchback. Started about 0830 and finished around 1530 or 3:30 with a lunch break at the top of the mountain and a few other short breaks. It was 5.70 miles up and then 5.70 back down so it was not quite 12 miles for me. It was an amazing view at the top of the grassy (meadow) hill with beatiful flowers in bloom all around. Will definitely do this hike again : )