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Date Thursday  9/5/2019
End Date Thursday  9/5/2019
Group Denver
Event Title Argentine Peak (13,738) via Silver Dollar Lake-off trail
Start Time 6:15 AM
Status Complete
Leader Stephanie Porter-Scheinman
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Easy C
Trail Mileage 7.5
Elevation Gain 2850
Driving Distance 66

Location

This trip is going from the Silver Dollar Lake trailhead to Argentine peak.  The trailhead is on the Georgetown side of the Guanella Pass road and ideally would need a high clearance vehicle to access.  The road is not rocky but has some bumps and ditches that you need decent clearance for.  We are going to need one driver besides me (I can take 4 people in my truck).  

 



For more info Contact

Stephanie Porter-Scheinman  peakwolf@hotmail.com    303-903-8233



Details

This route starts at the Silver Dollar Lake trailhead.  It is on trail for about 1/3 of the trip then above Murray Lake it is off trail.   If there are still flowers, the hike to Silver Dollar lake is quite pretty.  Hike on trail until above Murray lake and then the off trail part starts.  Hike to the saddle between Square Top and Argentine.  This is mostly on tundra, some rock.  At the saddle turn right to Argentine.  There is a long-ish ridge walk to the summit, expect some talus and scree but nothing too hard.   Return by the same route.  By that time, the trail into Silver Dollar Lake will be quite crowded. 



Note that because this is almost all above treeline we will turn around if thunderstorms are starting to develop.  FYI, I am conservative about lightening. This means we'll probably turn around sooner than some people would like, but it's better than getting caught in a lightening storm.




Notes

This is a C hike that is mostly above treeline, so be prepared for wind and cold.  Have the 10 essentials, good rain gear, warm layers, a hat and gloves.  Have sturdy boots because it is mostly off trail and there is some scree and talus.  Be sure to email me if you have any medical issues I should know about.   I will say this at the trailhead again, but you should expect a moderate pace.  In my mind that is more or less around 900-1000 ft of gain per hour and maybe 1.5-2 miles per hour on trail.  If you need to go a lot faster than the group (and the leader), this is probably not a good hike for you.  This is for everyone's safety. 




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