Mt. Wilcox  
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Route: E Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-26, By: stenquistm
Info: Started at Silver Dollar Lakes TH, summer conditions. Hiked the broad E Ridge of Mt Wilcox, and dropped down to Murray Lake to return via the Silver Dollar Lakes trail. Summer conditions on the mountain, lots of wildflowers on the E Ridge, mostly soft tundra terrain. Summit & ridge down to Wilcox/Argentine saddle: easy talus slope. Mostly tundra upon descent to the lakes, and there were a couple small (melting fast) snowfields on Silver Dollar Lakes trail, as well as some muddy spots. Photo 1: starting up the E Ridge with Naylor Lake in background Photo 2: continuing up E Ridge, lots of flowers Photo 3: summit with G&T in background Photo 4: Ridge down to Wilcox/Argentine saddle, view of Argentine Pk Photo 5: descent back down to Murray Lake 
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Route: From Silver Dollar Lake
Posted On: 2020-06-09, By: Chelsea
Info: Nearly summer conditions. A few snowfields to cross on the trail to Silver Dollar & Murray Lakes, but there is a good bootpack through each. All snow above the trail is completely avoidable. We really enjoyed this route! 7.47 miles, 2,564' Photo 1: One of the handful of snow crossings on the Silver Dollar Lake Trail, Wilcox in the background. Photo 2: Most of the upper route up Wilcox is visible, we kept left of the talus (near the center of the photo). Photo 3: Silver Dollar Lake with one final snowfield before hitting Murray Lake. The lines in the snow are glissade paths. Most people were ascending just left of the snow to avoid it entirely. Photo 4: Keep left to stay on gradual grassy slopes. Photo 5: Crossing at Murray Lake's old dam. It's hard not to get wet here. Photo 6: Just above the lake, heading up Wilcox. Easiest route is just to the right of the snowfield. Photo 7: It's steep, but the grass hummocks and occasional boulders make great stairs. Photo 8: Choose your line. Photo 9: Ridge to Argentine. Photo 10: Argentine Pass/Leavenworth Basin area Photo 11: Good views to Evans/Sawtooth/Bierstadt Photo 12: Last push to summit on stable talus. 
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Route: Traverse from Argentine
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: cdgibbons
Info: Summer conditions. If accessing from Argentine, there is one moderate snowfield to cross right the start of the ridge. While there are a couple of small cornices elsewhere in the area, I found this area safe and easy to cross without traction. 
 
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: Silver dollar trail to south face.
Posted On: 2019-09-24, By: wondering_hough
Info: Bring your own pencil to sign the summit register. I never sign registers and the one time I do, no dice. Regardless, Nice day out. Fall colors are in. Saw a bull moose trotting down g pass by the watershed at 9 am. That was something else. I wanted Argentine and Squaretop but didn't have time. 
 
Route: Silver Dollar trail
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: shaunblair
Info: Summer conditions, Wilcox is bare, see attached photo. The only snow is on the trail in, which is bootpacked and solid for the short sections you step in. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-09, By: goldenite
Info: Wilcox and Argentine from Naylor Lake Rd. Road closed at Guanella Pass winter TH and mostly covered in snow. There are some dry patches, but saw skiers only have to take off their skis once. Brutal bushwack to the ridge to avoid private property due to varying snow conditions which was still varied on the way out. On the ridge, there are several snow fields to hike, but not too bad. Ridge to to Argentine has a dry line until the top where it has full coverage on the SE side. Brought microspikes, but never used them--snow was soft enough to grip and the constant transitions would have been annoying. Overall, I'd say its about 40% snow. Approximate route below. 
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Route: From Silver Dollar Road
Posted On: 2019-05-27, By: WildWanderer
Info: Continuous snow from trailhead. While Guanella Pass is clear, 391 still has several feet of snow. I wore snowshoes the entire time: they were overkill in the morning (but I didn't want to carry them) and necessary after the sun rose. There was one steep section after the lake I was glad I had my ice axe for security purposes, but I never used it. Started at 4am, back down by 9am (with a summit of Otter Mountain thrown in there as well). The trail was total slush by 9am and I was glad I had snowshoes. 
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Route: From Argentine Peak
Posted On: 2018-09-03, By: supranihilest
Info: From the Argentine-Wilcox saddle it's a Class 2 talus hop to the summit. The route is much easier and more straight forward than it looks in profile; the ridge is actually pretty broad. To descend from Wilcox, your best bet is probably to descend back to the Argentine-Wilcox saddle and then make your way to the lakes. If you go directly down the south face you'll encounter loads of steep, loose talus. It's tedious and probably dangerous. If you go down the east ridge you'll either descend into the trees, onto private property, or both. Going back to the saddle and then down is possibly a bushwhack through willows but eventually you'll reach the lakes where an excellent trail begins. 
 
Route: via Silver Dollar Lake Trail
Posted On: 2018-07-18, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Dry, summer conditions. 
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Route: From Silver Dollar Lake Trailhead
Posted On: 2018-06-23, By: CatsAreMyFriends
Info: The mountain can be hiked without ever touching snow, but there are a few very easy snow crossings on the Silver Dollar trail, which is also very muddy. Beautiful hike, we only saw one other person. Wildflowers are in full bloom. Argentine appears unapproachable from the Argentine-Wilcox saddle unless you have snow equipment, but the Squaretop-Argentine saddle looked a little better. There is still plenty of snow on Argentine. Edwards looked to be completely dry. We went up from Silver Dollar, which was perfect, and then descended the eastern face, which was very pretty until we hit the forests, which had a lot of dead and fallen trees. Unless you really know your way around the area I would avoid that route for a descent, it would have been very easy to get lost without GPS. The road to the trailhead was very rutted and loose but was otherwise fine. High clearance is advisable. The area was swarming with people by noon. 
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Route: From Argentine
Posted On: 2017-07-16, By: koeffling
Info: A small snowfield to cross after descending Argentine. You can make it pretty short. Not worth bringing any gear for. Another avoidable patching coming down from Wilcox but melting fast. 
 
Route: Connecting ridge from Argentine Peak
Posted On: 2017-07-02, By: cardgenius
Info: Hiked the ridge from Argentine peak. It's dry as a bone once you get to the saddle of Argentine/Wilcox. Great views of Bierstadt/Satooth/Evans! Lots of bugs on the summit: butterflies, bumble bees, flys, and all kinds of stuff flying around! 
 
Route: from Argentine and down east side
Posted On: 2017-06-17, By: cougar
Info: Wilcox is over 90-95% dry. Small snowfield to cross coming down off Argentine to the ridge, and a little patch of snow here and there, but all other aspects are dry. 
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Route: From Argentine
Posted On: 2016-10-22, By: RyGuy
Info: Coming from Argentine Peak, the route is almost entirely dry. Small patches of snow, quite avoidable. Descent to the Silver Dollar Lake area is 100% dry. On the descend back to The Guanella Pass TH, we contoured above the private property around Naylor Lake between 11,800 and 12,000 and returned to the Guanella Pass TH with only a bit of elevation regain. There are some decent snow patches on the north slopes of the east ridge coming down from SquareTop, that are calf deep in a couple areas, few inches in others. The slope is also pretty darn loose. I would suggest staying lower near the trees, and then turning south as the ridge starts to head down towards Guanella Pass. 
 
Route: Silver Dollar Lake Trail
Posted On: 2016-07-11, By: CindyM
Info: Very little snow left. Silver Dollar Lake Trail a little muddy, the rest of the route to Mt Wilcox summit clean and dry. 
 
Route: Naylor Lake Approach + Traverse to Otter Mountain
Posted On: 2016-05-30, By: jasayrevt
Info: Good, prime conditions for this route and reaching the top of the peak. Variable, definitely still a lot of snow around. There are many high-quality mountaineering lines that are in. Gain ridge and solid, quick jaunt. Perfect Powder for finishing the loop as well. Make a trip up and enjoy the great outdoors / summits. Pictures included for beta 
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Route: SE slopes via Naylor Lake TH
Posted On: 2012-05-05, By: pseudoghost
Info: Trail is completely thawed out. No real need for snowshoes or an ice axe if you‘re only going to do Wilcox. If you go on to Argentine/Square Top/... then you probably want to take an ice axe as there were a few snow fields where I thought it helped. The main problem with this trail is all the downed trees. Apparently a huge microburst came through and leveled a huge chunk of the forest, which has made the "standard" route almost impassable. If you decide to do this, then do yourself a huge favor and stay as close to the Square Top side of the Naylor Lake road as possible (near the creek). Walk as much on the road as you can, until you get to the Private Property gate. From there, walk due North (slightly Northeast) following a game trail to the slopes of Wilcox. If you go on to Square Top, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT descend early into the trees to get back to your car. There‘s a ton of snow and downed trees. It‘s absolutely miserable. Save yourself the heartache and walk out to the road and walk down. 
 
Route: Naylor Lake Rd
Posted On: 2012-04-09, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Did an out and back on Mount Wilcox from the Guanella Pass Road closure. Typical spring conditions. Walked on top of the snow in the morning, sunk up to my hips and waist in spots on the descent without snowshoes. Snowshoes were a must (in the trees) on the descent and postholing was negligible with the shoes on. Naylor Lake Rd is heavily used and well packed. Above treeline, was bare tundra and talus mixed with descent sized snowfields/slopes. Snowfields/slopes were a mix of icy crusts to sugar to softening snow. Ice axe recommended if crossing these, but could be avoided. CarpeDM‘s 3/24 Argentine description of the "confusing tree fall start" on Naylor Lake Rd (in his route map), was an understatement (incredible amount of dead fall). As soon as you come up on this section, look for a well troddened trench to the left. This path goes around all the dead fall and puts you right back on the road. We tried to follow the road proper on the ascent and it was quite the battle (don‘t follow our tracks ;) ). Took the trench around on the descent and life was much better. Will add pics later 
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