Argentine Pass - June 22

nakman

Club Secretary
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Aug 23, 2005
Messages
14,710
Location
north side
We did it! thanks so much to everyone who came out today. I counted 23 vehicles and at least 50 people, meeting quite a few for the first time. Camping on Friday worked out great, we had a little rain but still found a way to get to know a few folks a little better. Heck, the campsite was so good that a few chose to stay up there a second night.

I was in the "upper trail" group today and our tasks mainly consisted of burying a culvert and cleaning out bird houses... turned out some of those houses still had people living in them, so that task sorta turned into just leave the bird houses alone. At any rate, was great to get out on this trail again, remind myself why I like it so much, and have an awesome time with so may other folks. Thanks again everyone for your participation today, and great attitudes throughout.

On to the pics..

IMG_1373.jpg

IMG_1375.jpg

IMG_1378.jpg


up at Waldorf...

IMG_1380.jpg

IMG_1381.jpg

IMG_1383.jpg


headed back down..
IMG_1388.jpg
 

MountainGoat

Club Treasurer
Staff member
Cruise Moab Committee
Joined
Jul 4, 2008
Messages
3,107
Location
Evergreen, CO
It was nice meeting you both, Alex and Jason. So cool to see all the new folks coming out and pitching in! :thumb:

Awesome day and the weather couldn't have been better.
 

AimCOTaco

Cruise Moab Committee
Staff member
Cruise Moab Committee
Joined
Aug 13, 2010
Messages
2,307
Location
Longmont, CO
1000015932.jpg

L43DB
 

Crash

Rising Sun Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2005
Messages
3,985
Location
Denver
So very cool!! Great to see the truck on the trail living its best life. I can imagine the smiles it brings to you, Nancy and Dan. Rock on!! I remember driving the old beast on Argentine up to the pass before Dean had the carb tuned in and it was still able to make it to the top without problem. Good times.
 

rushthezeppelin

Rising Sun Member
Joined
Oct 14, 2022
Messages
1,215
Super fun day, was nice to put the Sequoia through it's paces. Ended up doing the upper part of the lower road on the way out. The rock garden at the top of the lower road seems to have gotten harder, there were a lot of diff catchers to avoid.
 

Jasonwak

Brand New
Joined
Jun 4, 2024
Messages
7
Location
Denver, CO
so I had the goPro running yesterday, captured a timelapse of the upper trail on the way up and part of the lower trail on the way back. @nakman ,@rushthezeppelin , @tangobravogarage you can see your rigs in the timelapse video as well as a few others in the parking area. In the title of the timelapse, I mentioned the club. If sharing this video is not allowed by the club, totally understand. Don’t want to cause any trouble.
View: https://youtu.be/nB9n760rFHA
 
Last edited:

Cruisertrash

Rising Sun Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2020
Messages
2,185
Location
Denver
Thanks @nakman and the USFS folks for organizing this. Had a blast and picked up a ton of trash.

Saw a moose from about 200 yards. Photo is through @Polinter really nice glass.
A9DF1B42-6C61-4A04-9C3E-0A7B2D029D21.jpeg


Also saw some linemen get heli-dropped to the power line poles at the top of the basin this morning. The helicopter came in, scouted, left, then came back about an hour later and set down where we ate lunch yesterday. There was a ~100’ rope below that the linemen took a ride on (no thanks for me), and the helicopter flew them over and dropped them off on the top of a pole to work. They did this a few times and then took off. Pretty cool.

I’m also glad the trip exposed yet more issues. Seems like I either have a bad birf or a bad front u-joint. I ended up doing the whole trail in 2Low - no weird noises that way.
03D56FFA-9B9E-498C-9EFB-B8DDFB54F77D.jpeg
 

DomOfTheDead

Event Coordinator
Cruise Moab Committee
Joined
Jun 2, 2019
Messages
961
Location
lakewood
Great day with some good people and cool trucks. @Yarn Cruiser drove the OffRoadAcado and I got to stretch the Taco's legs for the first time in a while. We took the lower route, 6 trucks in our group, we found most campsites looked good with only minimal trash to pick up and a few sites already occupied by friendly folks. Water levels were typical runoff depth and we didn't encounter a lot of trail traffic. I was busy rowing through the gears, trying to keep up with the wife, so I only fired off a few pics 😁
DSC_0002.JPG
DSC_0006.JPG
DSC_0008.JPG
DSC_0012.JPG
 

DanS

Rising Sun Member
Joined
Jul 30, 2010
Messages
1,488
Location
Dumont
So very cool!! Great to see the truck on the trail living its best life. I can imagine the smiles it brings to you, Nancy and Dan. Rock on!! I remember driving the old beast on Argentine up to the pass before Dean had the carb tuned in and it was still able to make it to the top without problem. Good times.
Dean's 40 did just great. I feel like I might need to tinker a bit with the carb someday, but that's certainly not today! @J1000 heard it start up in the morning (at 11,310 feet, after a below freezing night): maybe a full crank. Maybe. Such a grand little cruiser.

And, on the way out along the lower road we stopped here:

IMG_2478.jpeg


Just any old campsite along the trail. But this is a spot that @L43dean and I spent a few hours at more than a decade ago cleaning up a whole lot of broken TVs and such. Literally filled the back of the Faux-Lux with that junk, because he and I were lallygagging behind everyone in their 80s and 100s in our Hiluxes taking it slow, so when we found that mess we were the only ones left. Still a great day then, even if picking up shot up TVs is the absolute worst.

I think I need to attach some videos @SlowNSteady took of @SaintAgatha and I on the lower water crossing.

Dan
 

Crash

Rising Sun Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2005
Messages
3,985
Location
Denver
Dean's 40 did just great. I feel like I might need to tinker a bit with the carb someday, but that's certainly not today! @J1000 heard it start up in the morning (at 11,310 feet, after a below freezing night): maybe a full crank. Maybe. Such a grand little cruiser.

And, on the way out along the lower road we stopped here:

View attachment 131809

Just any old campsite along the trail. But this is a spot that @L43dean and I spent a few hours at more than a decade ago cleaning up a whole lot of broken TVs and such. Literally filled the back of the Faux-Lux with that junk, because he and I were lallygagging behind everyone in their 80s and 100s in our Hiluxes taking it slow, so when we found that mess we were the only ones left. Still a great day then, even if picking up shot up TVs is the absolute worst.

I think I need to attach some videos @SlowNSteady took of @SaintAgatha and I on the lower water crossing.

Dan
I’m sure you were flooded with memories and emotions. Right on.
 

J1000

Rising Sun Member
Joined
Oct 11, 2018
Messages
1,626
Location
Morrison, CO
Dean's 40 did just great. I feel like I might need to tinker a bit with the carb someday, but that's certainly not today! @J1000 heard it start up in the morning (at 11,310 feet, after a below freezing night): maybe a full crank. Maybe. Such a grand little cruiser.
Not only did it fire up in the first crank, the phrase "runs like a sewing machine" came to mind. It was super smooth and especially quiet.

Here are some of my photos and drone shots. Who says electricity and water don't mix??

edi.mp4_snapshot_02.34.740.jpg


DJI_0006.MP4_snapshot_00.01.501.jpg



edi.mp4_snapshot_15.17.108.jpg


edi.mp4_snapshot_05.18.015.jpg


edi.mp4_snapshot_07.06.661.jpg


@MeatPopsicle

GX010070.MP4_snapshot_00.02.058.jpg


@Yarn Cruiser

GX010075.MP4_snapshot_00.40.040.jpg


@DomOfTheDead

GX010075.MP4_snapshot_00.10.552.jpg
 
Last edited:

bh4rnnr

Outlaw, Scoundrel, Miscreant
Joined
Aug 23, 2005
Messages
6,191
Location
Littleton
Had a really great time Saturday on Argentine. Thanks to everyone who came out for the clean up day.

Trying to remember, but think it was 2004 when I got this trail adopted with Clear Creek- Brant was the Ranger we worked with then. @Yarn Cruiser & @DomOfTheDead thanks for the ride up in the morning and the burrito! @AimCOTaco thanks for the ride down and coming and checking out the new digs after. This is probably one of my favorite trails close to Denver. Great views, mild wheeling and lots of great history.

Got more pics posted up on the blog: www.wanderinthewest.org


Morning meeting with the Clear Creek Rangers. Patrick had nothing but good things to say about Rising Sun.
1.jpg


Making our way up the trail. Good to see the sign we installed many years ago is holding up.
2.jpg


On the lower road, Andy and I buzzed down the first side road to check things out. No trash in site, we dipped our hands in the cool water then cached back up with the group. On one of the clean up days many years ago, @nuclearlemon found an old FJ40 frame on this side road.
3.jpg


At another campsite on the lower road picking up trash.
5.jpg



7.jpg


Phillip making his way through one of the deeper crossing of Leavenworth Creek.
8.jpg


Darin climbing out of tree line.
10.jpg


At the old town site of Waldorf ( once claimed to have the highest post office in the US- 11,600+ ft). we checked in on the bird feeders. Some were occupied. I then followed the new drainage ditch back to Waldorf.
13.jpg


Looking up towards a still snowed in Argentine Pass.
15.jpg


We spotted a big heard of Elk just below Mt. Wilcox. Probably cooling off in the snow.
16.jpg


What's left of the old townsite of Waldorf.
18.jpg


Such a great turnout!
20.jpg


❤️
22.jpg


Andy and I throwing back a few cold ones at Elway's after checking out the new digs.
24.jpg


:beer::beer:
 
Top