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
5,551 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.

off road driving
6 days ago

Easy drive up to the fork where we ran into plenty of snow.

off road driving
1 month ago

Awesome views!

off road driving
1 month ago

Did this with Atvs. Parked at the parking lot before you reach the trailhead. Busy on weekends but worth the trip!

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing drive. Can be packed on weekends depending on the time. Great views and scenery throughout the whole drive.

off road driving
1 month ago

Disclosure: I was on two wheels today, a Honda CRF450X.

The top of Argentine Pass might be the most spectacular view in the state of Colorado. Simply amazing. The terrain to get there is a sketchy bumpy ride. Much of the “trail” is covered with jagged rocks that vary in size from softball to basketball. These rocks move around while riding on them and therefore like to make you change direction!! My arms are a bit tired but the ride was fantastic. Stay in a low gear, keep the weight off the front tire, and muscle over the obstacles.

There is much to explore up there and many different trails to adventure down. I wasn’t lucky enough to see wildlife up there today but I can see how it’s more common that you would encounter some.

Expect high winds at the top!!!

The trail indeed ends at the top. Do NOT attempt to continue down the other side in a Jeep/truck/SUV!!!! However, there is a trail that continues down the other side that is intended for hikers and perhaps a mountain bike. Had I not been riding alone I might have attempted to continue on, but didn’t feel safe to try it alone. I’ll upload a picture or two.

Cheers and happy adventures to all.

off road driving
2 months ago

Amazing views along with some nice mix of challenging trails. good mix of high speed and slow crawling. Still, snow up high but made it to 12,500 today.

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun trail to go on with good views. Drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude Edition 4x4. The beginning of the trail is a little rough but evens out the further you go up. Definitely doable. Never made it to the peak due to a storm blowing in.

off road driving
3 months ago

As beautiful as it gets! Xj on 33’s with 4.5 inch lift.
Fun all the way to the top, seen 3 mountian goats. Goats photo bombed us lmao! Will post the pics.

off road driving
3 months ago

Just drove the main trail to the top in a stock 2005 honda pilot with no issues. It has electric locking diffs that I had to use just once. Lol was lots of fun. Plenty of wildlife. View from the top is as good as they get

off road driving
3 months ago

Not too hard it’s moderate. You definitely need a full on 4x4 vehicle to get all the way up to the top of the mountain. Amazing scenery. Loved this place

off road driving
3 months ago

Make it to the top! Awesome views and some good obstacles to get there ✊

off road driving
3 months ago

Loved it! You can get all the way through. Beautiful! No problems

off road driving
4 months ago

Awesome trail system. Had a blast climbing to the 3 way intersection and mining area. Can’t go any further than that as of 5/30/2018. Too much snow still left on the trail. Other wise it was clear and great all the way up to 11,500ft.

off road driving
4 months ago

Good out of the way spot

off road driving
11 months ago

it was awesome

Sunday, October 15, 2017

great trail network follow the dotted black line at the split on the map if your lifted it brings u up along and a good portion through the river with more challenging obstacles all peaks are snow packed I couldn't make it on a 4inch long arm kit with good tires

off road driving
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Great little trail with beautiful views. The trail isn’t technically challenging, but there are some narrow spots if you go off the main path (which is recommended). Air down your tires before you take this path.
I’d recommend this as a perfect summer trail.
Jeep Rubicon.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

This isn't argentine pass.

off road driving
Friday, September 29, 2017

Nice trail, good views

off road driving
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall is coming, gorgeous views! Fun trail, with some narrow paths, but nothing too technical.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Great trail. A bit too rocky at the beginning, I did it in my stock 4runner TE with no issues though. Very rewarding views at the top.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

off road driving
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fun trail with great views. Had a few issues passing folks in some narrow spots. Would do it again.

off road driving
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beautiful drive up to the McClellan summit. Just go slow and easy, and you should easily make it up there!
Stocked vehicles are fine for this trail!

Monday, August 14, 2017

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

Do it now!

off road driving
Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great training run!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

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