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Quick Facts

Argentine Trail

Average Time: 2-3 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,207 Feet (688.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 13,207 Feet (4116.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.3 Miles (3.83 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Ti Topo Maps: #104, Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Loveland Pass
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Montezuma




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General Description

Attractions and Considerations:

This trail originated as a wagon road in 1867, connecting towns on the western slope of the Continental Divide with the eastern slope towns. This road is the highest pass on the Continental Divide. Most of the trail is above timberline so beware of afternoon thundershowers and lightning.

Most mines are privately owned. Respect all private property. The Peru Creek area is rich in mining history but remaining structures may be unsafe and should be avoided.

Hints and Suggestions:

*Most of the trail crosses talus slopes and fragile alpine flowers. Please walk on rocks whenever possible to prevent degradation of the delicate alpine tundra.

*There may be snow on the trail even in August, it is advisable to carry an ice axe if hiking this trail early in the year.

*This trail is not recommended due to talus slopes and snow fields.

Directions from Silverthorne: Travel east on U.S. Highway 6 past Keystone, turn right onto Montezuma Road,FDR 5. Follow this road for 4.6 miles, turn left onto Peru Creek Road. Follow the dirt road for 5 miles to the base of an old mine (Shoe Basin Mine). Park at the Argentine Trail Parking Area and walk 0.3 miles up the road to the trailhead on the right.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 38 miles east on I-70 to Silverthorne. Travel east on U.S. Highway 6 past Keystone, turn right onto Montezuma Road,FDR 5. Follow this road for 4.6 miles, turn left onto Peru Creek Road. Follow the dirt road for 5 miles to the base of an old mine (Shoe Basin Mine). Park at the Argentine Trail Parking Area and walk 0.3 miles up the road to the trailhead on the right.

Directions from Vail: Travel 29 miles east on I-70 to Silverthorne. Travel east on U.S. Highway 6 past Keystone, turn right onto Montezuma Road,FDR 5. Follow this road for 4.6 miles, turn left onto Peru Creek Road. Follow the dirt road for 5 miles to the base of an old mine (Shoe Basin Mine). Park at the Argentine Trail Parking Area and walk 0.3 miles up the road to the trailhead on the right.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: July through October (NOTE: Seasons may vary depending on weather conditions.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 1999-06-22 18:09:00.0


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Related Activities
Lowry Campground - Lowry Campground is located on Swan Mountain Road, between Breckenridge and Keystone, at an elevation of 9,320 feet.

Prospector Campground - Prospector Campground is the largest on the Dillon Ranger District. It is located near Dillon Reservoir, between Breckenridge and Keystone. Prospector has one handicapped accessible site.

Snake River General Forest Area - The Snake River General Forest Area is southeast of Silverthorne and includes the area around Keystone and Arapaho Basin.



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Visitor Information:

Summit County Chamber of Commerce, 011 S. Summit Blvd. , Frisco, CO, 80443, Phone: 800-530-3099, Fax: 970-668-1515

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