Argentine Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: dleflar
Info: Barely any snow from the weekday storm was left on the northwest ridge. Easy walking once you hit the ridge line. The trail from the lower parking lot (Argentine Pass TH) to the ridge saddle had sporadic snow in sections but didn't require microspikes to deal with. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-05, By: mcklarry
Info: The road is good with some bumps but nothing terrible Adding this condition to show the new sign for when to turn off the road after the gate closure to start on the trail, and to provide a picuture of the bridge you now cross rather then going through the water as the route description states 
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Route: Traverse from Square Top
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: daway8
Info: Totally dry and clear (other than mud on path to Square Top). Looks like the pen and paper in the register didn't last long without the end cap - it was empty. Might have been carried off by the pikas that tried to snag some of my stuff as I took my boots off... Or the lurking marmot... 
 
Route: NE Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: stenquistm
Info: Started hike at Waldorf Mine TH. Road free & clear from Guanella Pass turnoff all the way to the mine. A few very minor stream crossings across road. SUV or better will make it to the mine. Above mine: a high clearance 4WD vehicle will make it another ~ 1 mile before the road approaching Argentine Pass becomes snow covered (there's a stretch of snowfields that cover the road, then the road becomes clear again). On foot: the snowfields are a post-hole adventure. Early am: recommend an axe. Slushy post-holing late am. Hike: the snow from this week hung around. Ascended to Argentine Pass via the road and descended NE Ridge. Had an axe in hand to cross the remaining snowfields. Recommend spikes on ridge above Argentine Pass, was slick & sloshy on descent. Expect the snow to melt in the next few days (ridge). As for the road up to Argentine Pass: might be a couple weeks still before the snowfields across road melt & is passable to high-clearance 4WD. 
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Route: Traverse from Square Top
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: cdgibbons
Info: I placed pen and paper in the register and lodged it back in the rock (still needs end cap). Otherwise ditto angry's report. Appeared to be at least three of us who did the whole loop today plus half a dozen or more on Square Top or Wilcox by themselves. 5 female Bighorn crossed the divide just below Argentine's summit while I was up there. 
 
Route: Square Top
Posted On: 2020-06-06, By: angry
Info: Weather looked liked it'd hold a bit longer, so I went over to Argentine from Square Top at 3pm. There is some snow that is completely avoidable staying on rock on climber's left. Considered going over to Wilcox but could see rain clouds in the distance moving in so dropped from the low point in the saddle and beelined to join the silver dollar trail near ~12,000ft and then eventually back to the road and up to parking lot. Summit register is missing end cap and needs pen/paper. 
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Route: Naylor Lake TH
Posted On: 2019-11-09, By: dwoodward13
Info: Trench is in fantastic condition up to Silver Dollar Lake. Decent condition up to Murray Lake. From Murray Lake I contoured NE to the obvious gully to reach the next shelf up. From there its just pick your line to Wilcox. After Murray Lake there are only a few small sections of snow, otherwise dry tundra. I headed to Edwards via Argentine from Wilcox, then reversed back to the Naylor Lake TH. Ridge the whole way is 95% dry. Note it is an long ways from Argentine to Edwards, with tons of small little bumps, so be ready and have good weather. Flotation is way overkill. I was killing myself for bringing it. I never used traction, but some may want for some steeper gully crossings up to Silver Dollar Lake. Absolute perfect bluebird day in the high country! 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-21, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Only went up to the top of the pass - not to the summit due to wind/cold, so I'm unsure of the conditions up to the summit. Didn't use any traction up to there though. Snow covered maybe 50% of the trail (max). Two deeper parts for a couple of postholes but nothing to worry about. Saw two moose right at treeline. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-14, By: dcruz654
Info: Snow on about 60% of the trail up to the top of the pass. No traction needed as of sunday, but it's definitely getting slicker as it packs down. Bone dry from there to the summit. Wind chill was real, otherwise a perfect day Kuddos to the two guys doing Loveland pass to echo lake. Y'all are monsters. 
 
Route: Silver dollar trail
Posted On: 2019-10-02, By: wondering_hough
Info: It was windy so I chose from the upper lake that helped as much as possible. Gusts hit 40 and sustained winds were 15-25 mph. Some mountain goats were on both the east and west ridge of square top. Temps were around 40. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-19, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Bridge is in great shape over the first creek crossing.Trail is in great condition to the saddle between Argentine & Edwards. Some trail segments going up to Argentine and around the various "bumps" to get to the proper summit, otherwise just aim towards to the summit if no trail. Free and clear of snow. Summit register in great condition. 
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Route: from Wilcox
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: shaunblair
Info: Snow on the east aspect upper rim (Wilcox side), but I never postholed and traction was great in trailrunners. Snow I stepped on was as far north as I could go off of east ridge before getting into steep talus slopes. Photo from Naylor Lake attached. Summer conditions otherwise, this was the only snow I stepped in on Argentine. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-25, By: frigidridge
Info: Did edwards>Argentine from waldorf mine. 4wd road is clear of snow all the way to the mine, but the rest of Argentine pass is mostly buried in steep snow. Road to the mine is doable in a subaru outback, although a handful of small trenches across the road had me scraping underneath the front of the car. No major damage but higher clearence would have helped. Traction needed for climbing the snow gully all the way to Edwards, but Edwards > Argentine ridge can be done mostly snow-free. 
 
Route: From Square Top Mountain
Posted On: 2018-09-03, By: supranihilest
Info: Pretty boilerplate Class 2 down climb off Square Top Mountain to the saddle, then a Class 2 hike to a (very) long summit plateau. The climb up the ridge to the summit plateau is easier if you stick closer to the crest, otherwise you'll be in nasty, steep talus. From the summit you can either descend to the Argentine/Wilcox saddle (Class 2) and ascend Wilcox or go to the next rib over, to the south, and descend that to the lakes. 
 
Route: via Silver Dollar Lake Trail
Posted On: 2018-07-18, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Summer conditions on the peak and trail minus one large snow patch on the final summit approach, stayed with the ridge (right) and avoided it. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-07-01, By: PBR Powered
Info: Approached Argentine from its shared saddle with Mt. Edwards. From the saddle to the summit took our party of 2 just under 45 minutes in the blistering wind. Speaking of which, it was super freaking windy along the entire ridge. Nothing dangerous, but be ready to buckle up. Would 10 out of 10 recommend the Argentine/Edwards combo. (~6hrs total on the trail) happy hiking. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2017-11-11, By: nedryarson
Info: Some postholing on the approach to Silver Dollar Lake. Snowshoes would have helped but I'm glad I didn't have to carry them the rest of the day. Microspikes were sufficient from the lake up to the ridge and on. Also added Wilcox and it's practically dry. Winds were unreal. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-10-15, By: montanahiker
Info: More or less solid snow once you get to around picture #6 on the route description. Bring traction as you'll definitely need it. There's a nice cornice building along the top of the ridge but if you stay right as far as you can go you're ok. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-07-16, By: koeffling
Info: Summer conditions. Came from Square Top, all snow is easily avoidable. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-07-02, By: cardgenius
Info: Hiked the ridge from Edwards and it was dry the whole way. If going to Wilcox, youll have to cross a large snow field just off the summit to get to the ridge to go down. 

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