Argentine Pass Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Grays Peak, Torreys Peak
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Easy 4WD (good-clearance recommended) up to the gate closure near Shoe Basin mine.
Directions:  This trailhead is used to access both Argentine Pass and Horseshoe Basin. Take U.S. 6 to the west end of Keystone. If you are driving east on U.S. 6, take the exit for Montezuma Road before U.S. 6 begins its climb to Loveland Pass. If you are driving west (from Loveland Pass), turn left into the River Run area of the Keystone Ski Resort. Take another quick left and drive a bit to get to the Montezuma Road. Drive ~4.3 miles on the Montezuma road and turn left on the 260 (dirt) road. There is a large parking area at the start of this road. From the parking area, drive 4.5 miles along Peru Creek to the Argentine Pass trailhead at 11,050, just below the Shoe Basin Mine. The road is gated beyond the trailhead.
Winter Access:  Closed at the start of the Peru Creek road.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2008-08-05 Drove to the mine/gravel pile in a 2WD on 7/29/08 and scraped bottom a little bit one time each going up and back-found gate still locked. The road is narrow in several spots and that caused problems meeting vehicles going the opposite direction. Found that there was more camping/exploring activity in this basin than climbing/hiking. Canman         
2008-07-04 Easily done in an Acura MDX all the way to the Shoe Basin Mine. Gate locked at that point. JeffR         
2008-03-07 Rode a snowmobile to 12,000‘ at the end of the road in Horseshoe Basin. Tough ride and deep snow but experienced riders (with a good mountain sled) can get all the way to the end for a short climb/ski of Grays. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-02-18 While the road is closed for the winter, backcountry skiers and snowmobiles have packed down the first 3 miles of the road. A snowmobile cannot go too much further at this point. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-07-22 The directions to trailhead posted on this site are solid. Peru Creek / 260 road are open as far up as your vehicle will take you. As the directions indicate 4WD & high clearance is needed for the last 2.5 miles up to the trailhead. 5280Fotos         
2006-08-20 The 260 road is closed to vehicles near the Pennsylvania Mine turnoff (10900') for mine reclamation. There is a bypass through the construction zone for hikers only. JeffR         
2005-06-08 The 260 road is completely open to Horseshoe Basin. Drove to the HS mine today (6/. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-05-22 As of 5/22 the gate is still closed at the start of the Peru Creek (260) road. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-03-05 The road to Horseshoe Basin is closed in winter. It usually opens up in late May. There is a gate at the start of the road. BillMiddlebrook         

The trailhead parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2009-07-24)Another look at the parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2009-07-24)The gate near the Shoe Mine, just above the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2009-07-24)From Montezuma road turn left on 260. This is the large parking area. (Added by: Jan van Tilburg on 2009-09-28)

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