Argentine Pass 4x4 Road

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Argentine Pass 4x4 Road is a 26.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Georgetown, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
26.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5744 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Stunning high views. Visit amazing Santiago Ghost Town. Incredible views from 13,132-ft. Argentine Pass and top of McClellan Mountain. Don't miss historic buildings at Santiago Mine and Ghost Town. Many legal side roads to explore. Great area for unlicensed vehicles. Numerous tourist attractions in quaint Georgetown. Check out new visitor center near freeway exit. High Point 13,132 ft., Best time to go: Mid July thru September. Located in Arapaho National Forest. For current conditions call Clear Creek Ranger District (303) 567-3000 Rocky at the start and very narrow at the top of Argentine Pass. Much of the lower route is easy unless you take alternate route 248.1B along creek. Snow can block trail well into summer. Follow an old railroad grade to top of McClellan Mountain. Need aggressive stock SUV with low range.

2 days ago

Traveled left past the first flat ground mine site. Summit is a little over 13,000 ft

Do it now!

hiking
3 days ago

off road driving
11 days ago

Had a good drive up. Road was clear past Waldorf Mine where we turned around.

off road driving
15 days ago

off road driving
22 days ago

off road driving
23 days ago

24 days ago

Took the lower trail up and the upper main trail down. Lower trail was a lot of fun with rocks and water crossings. Upper trail was basically just a dirt forestry road. Trail was moderate on the lower trail and east on the upper/main trail. I was in a '15 JKU Rubicon with 37's and 3.5" lift. Had no issues. I posted pics of a recovery done by Colorado 4x4 Rescue and Recovery near the top due to a snow drift. The drift has melted now.

hiking
25 days ago

1 month ago

Great training run!!

Good jeep trail to the summit. Still snow at top preventing a complete pass. Good camping spots along the way. Far and few though. Pretty scenery. Top of peak is 13,+++ feet. Great for razors and quads. Real slow for jeeps.

Good jeep trail to the summit. Still snow at top preventing a complete pass. Good camping spots along the way. Far and few though. Pretty scenery. Top of peak is 13,+++ feet. Great for razors and quads. Real slow for jeeps.

1 month ago

I was here this past Saturday. I would go as soon as possible seeing that the snow melt is getting worse and the trails are showing larger rocks due to wash out. I was here a few weeks back and in that short amount of time this trail has changed dramatically. I'd hate to see what it looks like next summer. Definitely take your through the rough parts

off road driving
1 month ago

I went up the trail on a dirt bike and it was very easy for me as long as I stayed on the main trail. Some of the lesser traveled, smaller dead end trails were interesting and I wouldn't recommend taking stock SUV's or trucks down them. It would be difficult to turn around and may have clearance issues. Also if your on an atv or motorcycle there are a few creek crossings off the main trail that are quite deep as of 6-26-17. Lastly the main trail up to the top and trail 724 is blocked by a snow drift/slide. I posted 2 pictures of the main trail(248.1)with the date, one with the snow and another of where the block is on the map. Still have easy access to the mine site.

off road driving
1 month ago

We made it to the meadow just under the mine sight. Still a lot of snow near the top that was not passable.

This trail was a lot of fun. Easy to miss the entrance along the curve in the road off Guanella Pass.

This road is definitely a MODERATE level. Heavy wash outs, lots of exposed sharp rock.

Drive slow. Maybe airdown depending on your vehicle.

Drove a stock 2012 Nissan Xterra S with 4x4 and oversized tires.

Take your time and watch for moose!

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
2 months ago

Easy trail, but a huge Snow Drift still blocking the the top as of June 11th 2017. Only a few places to turn around. Other than the main trail to the summit, not recommend for full-size Trucks or SUV's. if you go down the other trail off shoots, be prepared to get new paint, buff and wax.

off road driving
11 months ago

Great day trail! Plenty to see to include the Santiago mine and Ghost Town. The trail is moderately difficult but was successfully made in a stock 4runner with A/T tires. The mine and town is easy to access in nearly any 4x4 vehicle, the upper half becomes difficult and narrow with large boulders and steep inclines that you must navigate. Overall the trail is great with a breathtaking view at the summit that makes it one of my favorite trails near Denver, CO.

11 months ago

hiking
Monday, August 25, 2014