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argentine pass

Average Rating:    (3.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

all fire roads. and though this doesn't sound exciting at first, it turns out to be one of the best mind-game climbs i've ever done with a pretty crazy-cool descent.
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Latitude
39.7028944942802
Longitude
-105.70040702819824
Trail Directions
head out i-70 west from denver until you get to georgetown. the best place to park is at the little public restroom that you see on the left as your approaching georgetown. this gives you the ride trough town to warm up. to actually access the argentine pass area, head up argentine street through town (it turns here and there, but just follow the signs for guanella pass). climb the road up into the woods about two miles. a bit after passing the small dam on the left, the road hangs a hairpin left as a fire road disappears up sort of to the right. this is forest road 248-1. follow this fire road, being sure to stay on 248-1 and not some sub-lettered version.
Trail Length
20 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Georgetown
   


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Review Date
June 29, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Macaroni ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I love this trail. It was actually built in the early 1900's a railroad. Argentine Pass goes over 13,000 feet and it is beautiful at the top - - amazing views. There's nothing technical about it, except the fact that you approach the speed of sound as you descend, and you really have to be in your toes, because a fall at those speeds would be real bad. Try having someone drive you to to the top and ride down.



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Review Date
March 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cyclorado ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Nice ride with great views and old mines. Some 4x4 traffic, but not too bad. Bombed down some fun side roads, but dead-ended in creek bed, ended up climbing back up the same way down.

Recommended Route:
Find route from Silver Plume.



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Review Date
April 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Dan , from Dillon

Summary:
Dillon to the trailhead is all gradual and a great warmup for a long day.This is the other side of the pass that no-one has reviewed,probably because its pretty much un-ride-able.Although Stan has rode down it.The bottom of the pass is rideable,but not the long straitaway to the summit{map}.
Duck tape and foam rubber protecting the cleats make for an intresting 1 hour hike.A few short stints in the saddle on short flat spots make the darn bike handy.
Like they say in the other reviews the downhill is great.Good colours in the fall.Go Straight{ha}at a major switchback to get to Silverplume{map},Gotta go that way.
So here`s 9200Ft.again.Since we havent really done any serious riding yet,take the hard way home.Pavement to bakerville{3mi},dirt bike trail to Loveland ski area{3more}.
Over the tunnel.Ski area service road.Take a right at a fork or bushwhack.The road does not gain the ridge so you`ll have to walk a little at the top.You want to be far north of the chairlift that gains the ridge.Look for a trail down the other side that goes down to the north,not hard to spot.Here`s another 10 mile downhill Back to Dillon,O-boy.

Recommended Route:
Big loop,63 miles.Dillon to Dillon.11hrs.9200ft.to 13,000ft,twice.Dillon to Peru creek to Argentine trailhead to pass to Silverplume to the top of Loveland ski area to Dillon.Gnarly.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ski area service road.Any.



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Review Date
January 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Elan , from Georgetown

Summary:
every one talks about the ride up, jsut shut up and ride up the mining dump, and turn around and bomb it. it is such a fast ride, just becareful of the rocks. then theres a buch of side roads. Side roads will take you to the top of Mclullen, Argentine, and above Cabin creek.

Recommended Route:
Blah Blah Blah

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Silver creek, Grays peak/ grizzly gulch, BArd creek, N Empire.



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Review Date
October 22, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Tim , from Boulder

Summary:
This is quite an easy ride, except for the alpine part. Don't attempt when the weather is bad and try to be done by 2. A strong rider can make it to the top of Mt. McClellan and back in about 4 hours.

Recommended Route:
Start in SilverPlume to get the psuedo - single track in the first 5 miles.



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