Argentine Pass Trail #77


The Peru Creek drainage is rich in mining history with numerous underground mine shafts, so be careful where you walk. Historic relics are most meaningful in their natural settings so please leave items where they lay so others may enjoy them. At the beginning of this trail you will walk through some wet areas with willows and then start to climb up talus slopes dotted with fragile alpine flowers. Spectacular views are enjoyed from both sides of the Continental Divide upon reaching the summit of Argentine Pass. This trail originated as a wagon road in 1867 connecting towns on the western slope of the Continental Divide with the eastern slope towns.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Non-motorized use only. Open to Hike, Horse, Mountain Bike.
Closest Towns: Keystone, CO

General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon and travel east on HWY 6 toward Keystone. Just past Keystone, turn right onto Montezuma Road (County Road 5). Follow Montezuma Road for approximately 4.6 miles to the junction with Peru Creek Road (FDR 260). Turn left and follow Peru Creek Rd for approximately 4.5 miles to the end of motorized access just before the gate at the Shoe Basin Mine. Hike on the road past the gate for approximately 0.4 miles to the Argentine Pass Trailhead which will be on the right.



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  Area/Length : 
2.2 miles

  Elevation : 
11,301 ft. - 13,193 ft.