Peak(s):  Argentine Pk  -  13,738 feet
Date Posted:  07/05/2020
Modified:  07/07/2020
Date Climbed:   07/05/2020
Author:  streetyz
 Argentine Pk from Waldorf Mine   

This was my first 13er and coincidentally my first log on this forum. Hi everyone!


Beginning the trek to Argentine you have to wade through this alpine lake. Bring waterproof boots!

Anyways, I've done a few 14ers before, but no 13ers, and I figured Argentine was a god starting point. There are other ways to summit as well, but we took Waldorf and Argentine Pass. The hike is class 2 and begins at the site of Waldorf, where you follow an old mining pass to a ridge that connects with 3 other 13ers. We originally planned to do Argentine and Square Top, but weather didn't let us. The hike is very easy until you get to the ridge-line, where you'll have to do some route-finding to reach the summit. Getting there is pretty difficult, you'll need a 4WD vehicle and some 4WD experience as the road (Leavenworth Creek Rd) is very technical and tricky to navigate. Once you follow the road for about 6 miles, you'll arrive at the starting point.

The hike begins in a beautiful mountain valley (no snow in July) where you'll get amazing views of Argentine and it's neighbors Wilcox, Edwards, and Square Top, all accessible from this area. You'll hike the old dirt road for about .5 miles where you'll have to wade through an alpine lake, and this won't be the last time you will have to cross water. Waterproof boots are a must to do this hike. You'll follow the road to the top ridge where you'll be able to go right for Mt. Edwards and left for Argentine, Wilcox, and Square Top. At the ridge you'll get insane views of Grays and Torreys and in the distance you'll be able to see Evans & Bierstadt. Once you're off the trail, follow the false summits that are very easy to maneuver. There will be some down climbing and lots of loose rocks. Also, very few cairns to guide you, so use your best judgement.

At the ridge of Argentine. You can see the first two false summits from here. Also, no trail! (That's me climbing up).

To get to the summit it's not too steep and even without a trail the route is pretty straightforward. Once you get to the summit follow the pass back down. We didn't do this and it ended up in a very dangerous scramble on the way down. Lots of loose rock and a huge potential for rockfall.

We slid down beneath the power lines. Don't do that.

Overall conditions were very good, not too much snow (and the snow that was there I could cross in normal hiking boots). If you're looking to do Argentine from Waldorf it's a really fun hike and I really recommend it! Just follow the pass and it's a pretty middle of the road class 2 13er, but that's just because of the route-finding and loose rock. At the top Grays and Torreys are in full view, and you can even follow the ridge around to the summit of Grays if you're in for an extra challenge. Round trip the mileage was 6.5 and we had about 2,700 feet of elevation gain.

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