|2016-11-06||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-06, By: CUaaron25
Info: Hiked Argentine from argentine pass TH near montezuma. The road is still pretty dry with patchy snow/ice in a few sections. The trail is mostly snow covered but manageable. The only painful part of the day was moving across two short talus fields that were snow covered. Overall a great day! Come on SNOW!!!
|2016-10-22||Route: From SquareTop
Posted On: 2016-10-22, By: RyGuy
Info: Argentine from SquareTop is in great shape. Minimal snow. One small snowfield near the power lines that you will cross, but it's only a few inches deep.
|2016-06-18||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-20, By: lpeabbles
Info: Very wet at the bottom of the basin, running water in the trail. A bridge as been built across the creek, making it very easy to cross. Once you switch back on your way up to the ridge there are several significant snowfields in the gullies, including one much too steep and icy to cross safely in the early morning without crampons and an ice axe. Later in the day it was soft enough to cross.
|2016-06-10||Route: East Slopes from Wilcox
Posted On: 2016-06-11, By: quinnwolf
Info: Hiked up Argentine from Wilcox. Snow was completely avoidable until the last 200'. Summit is snow free. Snowshoes helped, but probably aren't necessary. Still tons of snow on the east face. I didn't see anybody else up there the entire time. It was amazingly quiet. No people, no wind, perfect temperature, sunny. I took a 45 minute nap on the summit. It was one of the best mornings on top of a summit I've ever had. Left parking area for Silver Dollar Lake Trail at 5am. Summitted Wilcox at 7am. Took my time getting off Wilcox to Arengtine since it was such a nice morning. Summitted Argentine at 9am. Descended at 10:30 back to Silver Dollar Trail not going back over Wilcox.
|2016-06-01||Route: From Square Top A
Posted On: 2016-06-02, By: illusion7il
Info: The ridge between Square Top Mountain A and Argentine is about 60% Snow/40% Dry. Snowshoes were not necessary but expect to posthole a few times. There is plenty of snow coverage off Argentine into the Murry reservoir-Silver Dollar Lake for a ski descent. EDIT: This is the best picture I got. I approached from Guanella pass over Square Top to Argentine and returned the same way.
|2015-10-12||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-10-12, By: C-Shepguy
Info: From Peru Creek side: totally dry up to the saddle and beyond. Top 300" has scattered, avoidable patches of snow. No winter gear needed. Edwards appears totally snow free also. Wind was a bit rough today.
|2015-04-18||Route: Guanella Pass side
Posted On: 2015-04-19, By: climbnowworklater
Info: Quick update on the snow coverage in the area as we didn‘t summit. Stereo311 and I met up to play around knowing the 2 feet of snowfall would slow progress and limit distance. We got a great workout in and enjoyed the beauty while playing it safe.
|2012-10-20||Route: Horsehoe Basin/North Ridge
Posted On: 2012-10-20, By: TravelingMatt
Info: Did the Argentine/Wilcox combo from the west. Above Argentine Pass is mostly dry and snow can be avoided. This goes for Edwards and Square Top as well, and high areas on the peaks to the east (near Evans) looked much the same. Very windy near pass; much less wind near summits and sheltered areas. Trail up to pass holds a fair amount of snow above the first big switchback (about 12,000‘); some cannot be avoided, but it is no more than a few inches deep and very hikable in low-rise boots.
|2012-06-09||Route: Leavenworth loop
Posted On: 2012-06-11, By: Monster5
Info: Loop of McClellan, Edwards, Argentine, Wilcox from the Waldorf Mine (Leavenworth). Class 2; no specialized gear used. Ascent to the saddle between E&M is dry with one small, avoidable snowfield around 13kish. A big, dry tundra slog over A&W. Descended W‘s N ridge before doing a descending traverse to an old cabin and faint road, which allowed us to cross the willows. A better descent option may be to head back to the/A/W saddle and catch a mining road after a section of scree. https://picasaweb.google.com/105978537438093356597/EdwardsAndGrandTraverse06102010 Photos
|2012-03-24||Route: Naylor Lake loop
Posted On: 2012-03-25, By: CarpeDM
Info: Looped Mt Wilcox (13,408 ), Argentine Peak (13,738 ), and Square Top Mtn (13,794) from the Naylor Lake/Guanella Pass closure. At the start, there were large numbers of downed trees covering the start of the trail, but it’s still fairly well packed and easy to find your way up. Bushwhacked north from the Naylor Lake area to the east slopes of Wilcox - which were practically bare. The ridge from Wilcox to the saddle with Argentine was more interesting than I had expected. The lee side of Argentine and its ridge to the saddle with Square Top held the only snow of consequence on this day (above treeline, that is), and the descent to that saddle was the least fun part of the day - even with microspikes and axe out (and dog on leash). It will still be very do-able for most. The descent down the ridge off of Square Top was fun - only one little spot with seemingly sketchy snow to cross that went better than expected. There were also other descent options that looked easy as well. The expected post-hole finish to the road was mercifully short. Beautiful, warm day (too warm for March). But as we rounded Argentine, winds picked up on occasion and were higher than the forecast - maybe 20-30mph. Although it is clearly marked on the NatGeo Trails Illustrated map (104), I totally missed the fact that the Naylor Lake area is private property. Gear: Snowshoes from car to lower slopes of Wilcox Microspikes and ice axe for part of descent off Argentine Snowshoes for lower slopes of Square Top to the Pass and most of the road Stats: Mileage: about 11.3 Gain: about 4,400 Pics: 1) Bare upper east slopes of Mt Wilcox 2) The non-fun part of the day - ridge down to Argentine/Square Top saddle 3) Route More pics here: https://picasaweb.google.com/Carpe.DM68/2012_03_24_WilcoxArgentineSquareTop?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLWNwoXnxMPTtwE&feat=directlink