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Argentine Pass and Waldorf Mine

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Again, copied from above link... Begin by riding up the frontage road for 1/4 mile and look for the gravel road cutting up to the left. This is a former railroad grade, and it will have a steady 4% grade for the next 9 miles. Pass a water tank and the gravel road will turn into a singletrack. Continue to the mine ruins at around 1.8 miles. Check out the old mining equipment and falling apart building, then turn around and head up the uphill switchback that intersects the trail just before the mine. Continue along the trail, passing one trail entering from the left, and another exiting to the right (blocked by rocks). In this stretch, there will be a collapsed railroad trestle that you will have to bypass by diving into and out of a gully. After the trestle, the trail will switch back one more time before reaching an old chimney at the crest of the hill. From this point, the trail coasts down to a 3-way intersection with a jeep road. The left fork takes you out to Guanella Pass Road. Continue on the right to continue up the hill toward the old Waldorf Mine. Since this road is open to vehicles, you will pass some 4WD's/ATV's/and dirtbikes on the way up. Arrive at Waldorf after 9 miles of technically easy riding. Waldorf is just above treeline, and has a spectacular panorama of 13,000 foot peaks above it. Explore the old buildings and rusted-out mining equipment, then continue up the jeep road above the tailings pile. There are two other jeep roads that split off to the right, but the path to Argentine pass continues to the Southwest. Soon after the mine ruins, you will ford a creek at the outlet of a small pond, then begin climbing steeply on loose rocks for the next 2 miles. If you are not accustomed to high-altitude riding, this section will be almost impossible, as it is nearly 12,000 feet in elevation. Continue to a junction and follow the right fork to keep climbing to the pass. The jeep road makes a steep climbing turn to the right, and then back to the left again. You will switch back two more times while you gain 1,200 feet in elevation over the next 1.5 miles. Finally, after 10.5 miles you will reach Argentine Pass, and be treated to fantastic views to both sides of the Continental Divide. Grays & Torreys Peaks are visible to the north. After enjoying the view, return the way you came, and enjoy the fun and fast ride back down - you can get some serious speed on the way back down the jeep road below Waldorf. Enjoy!
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Latitude
39.68156178846517
Longitude
-105.71662902832031
Trail Directions
copied from -- http://www.trailcentral.com/trails/clear_creek_county/silver_plume/argentine_pass.shtml -- Take I-70 west from Denver to the Silver Plume exit, just west of Georgetown. Exit and turn left under the bridge. Turn right onto the gravel frontage road and park along the fence (this is the SW side of the exit).
Trail Length
20 miles roundtrip
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Georgetown
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 26, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: singspeed ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good descriptions. Many variants of this ride. Been doing this 20+yrs. I lived in Gtown would ride from town up guanella pass road to Waldorf road(2.5miles). Ride up to the railroad grade(a mile or so) then go straight(north) to Pavillion point(the chimney) then down into Plume. Stay on the railroad grade or try off chutes(mule trail). Short cut and lessens the bliss of the railroad grade bedded with aspen leaves. Get on I70 east bike right of way then on to the paved bike path around the gtown loop railroad. Back to Gtown. 11 miles round trip, I did it in 1hr15-20 minutes back then. Nowadays I try to stay off the road, ride out of Plume to Waldorf mine about 17 miles round trip and about 2450' vert. The decent to Waldorf road turn off will wear on you if you are on a rigid fork. If you can ride Argentine pass from the mine you're an animal thou coming back down early summer you can side skid a couple snow fields, always fun watch the edges you hook up and flip. Lowtraffic, enjoy!



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Review Date
July 3, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: drdrug ,  Racer

Summary:
I am surprised that this is not receiving better reviews. This ride is great for training for uphills. Not to mention that the jeep trails provide for a nice wide open descent where you can reach speeds over 40 mph.

From the looks of it, this trail is not ridden very often and I didn't run into one person on a bike the whole day. I only passed by 2 4x4s too.

The scenery is amazing and the climbing is great as I already mentioned. The ride definitely can lead to hypoxia or hypothermia if not prepared for Colorado's altitude and changing weather. I give it 4 bones.

Recommended Route:
Start out in Georgetown and ride the railroa grade up to Silver Plume or take the trail next to the highway. (Both a good climb) Once you top out in Silver Plume, follow the dirt road on the Southwest side of the highway until you get to where you see a private property sign. Immediately hang a left and begin you ascent on the old railroad grade. Many a switchback and old mining shafts. Once you get to the top, you will see an old chimney. Take the jeep trail south towards Guanella pass. Stay right and you will climb up to the Argentine Mine above treeline. Amazing. From there, take you pick of more climbing or some of the fastest descents you can do. The whole loop from G-town and to the mine takes about 2:30. The trip back down takes only 00:25. Enjoy.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Just beginning to explore.



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Review Date
January 3, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Elan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
there is a little bit of the up hill, not bad for a 6" travel bike like mine. then the tight single track decent is pure honey.

Recommended Route:
for those of you les interested in going up hill, i reccomend just driving your automobile up guanella pass to the waldorf trail, then riding up about 6 switchbacks, where you will come to an off shoot of the trail wich will seem like its leading you right down the face of the mountain back to town, which it will, but the long way. it will actially lead you into silverplume, it comes out right above the train station there, and then you can eitehr take the paved trail that lies next to teh high way, or another singletrack which will lead you to teh train station in georgetown, wehre you can go to georgetown, or take the old railroad grade onto guanella pass.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ask me, i live in georgetown.



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Review Date
August 21, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Lord Opie , from Denver, CO

Summary:
I LOVED the trail up to Waldorf Mine, then hated the rest... steep, really loose rocks and sand and the wind was sandpapering me with it. I absolutely recommend this trail up to the mine. Bring a lunch and a camera! Doing just the mine is still a good workout -- 9 miles up and 3000'. The 9 miles down was tons of fun too. Beginners could do this trail IF they're in great physical condition to compensate for the lack of skill.

Recommended Route:
see above... very accurate

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Winter Park (duh!)



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