Argentina Canyon - White Mountain Wilderness - June 12, 1997 - Member Trip Report

Hike Name: Argentina Canyon - White Mountain Wilderness
Country: United States
State: New Mexico
Trip Rating: 4 stars
Trip Date: June 12, 1997
Duration: 18 hours
Trail Conditions: Fair
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Weather: Partly Cloudy
Trip Winds: Moderate
Trip Precipitation: Showers, Sleet, Snow
Trip Temperature: High: 71-80, Low: 31-40 degrees Fahrenheit
Trip Report: We decided to do a day hike on a regular weekend, and the White Mountain Wilderness always comes up for great day hikes. We have hit a lot of the routes over the years, so Argentina was one we looked forward to because we hadn't been up that route before. Weather was a little dodgy, but it didn't look like full-on rain, so we headed up the trail. There are lots of small mine shafts on the trail up, which for most of the way is actually an old mining road. The grade is fairly even, and the trail is wide and clear. as we approached the top, winds started to pick up, and the temperature dropped 25 degrees in 10 minutes. At a big curve in the trail, we saw our only other hikers of the day, dressed like they were on an Everest expedition. The told us it was spitting snow above, and that the winds and temps were bad news. Mike and I looked at each other for a minute, because we were just in light hiking gear, but the sun kept peaking through, so we decided to chance it.

I t was worth it. As we got to the big meadow that makes up most of the crest, the sun blasted through and we had a very comfortable day with about 90 mile visibility. We stopped and had some lunch inthe meadow, and headed toward the spring. We watered up at the spring and started easing our way down the trail on the Turkey Creek side. We had an intermittent light sprinkle, and the trail got fairly slick, but everything went our way, and we got back to the car without even a bad fall. This is a highly suggested hike. Great trails, plenty of water, great visibility, and no trail pressure.



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