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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 07:30 PM
This has long been on to to explore list ever since I first explored one of the side roads off Rising Sun Argentine Pass Adopt-a-road.

Near the end of life for the Argentine Central Railway, Pavilion Point was created in hopes of getting more visitor to the fading line. They built a hotel and dance hallat a turn on the Narrow Guage line where it starts to leave Levenworth Mountain and head into the Argentine Valley.

You can access the North side of the Argentine line via Silver Plume.

Onto the pics:).


Morning Dew greats us at the trail head. A nice break from the hot, hot city.
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The Narrow guage road.
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Starting the climb up.
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Climbing in Elevation and looking towards Silver Plume. The grade for the line is 6%. Easy hiking but a tough climb for the geared "Shay" engines that Argentine Central used.
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 07:37 PM
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Lots of opportunitys to overlook the I-70 valley.
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The once bustling town of Silver Plume.
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Republican Mountain.
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The mine loads were put into these structures and thus into the waiting bins of the Narrow guage.
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Lots of work was done to keep the constant 6% grade.
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 07:42 PM
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Lots of mining activity in the area.
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Spotted this open shaft. Though didnt go in.
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Another of the loading structures. More later.
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2nd switchback.
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 07:46 PM
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It was a great hike thruogh the forest:cool:.
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Some great stone work along the line.
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My dad for scale.
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 07:52 PM
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Looking down on the Georgetown Loop.
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I-70 views.
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All that's left of Pavilion Point. You can access this by vehicle via Argentine Pass. At one of the switchbacks that gets you on the narrow guage route, a road heads to the right, taking you here.
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Looking East.
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I-70 far below. Kept an eye out for Cruisers:hill:.
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 07:57 PM
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Some of the Rock Slide controll work, above Georgetown. About half way up the mountain.
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Lots of mining activity on Republican Mountain, above Silver Plume.
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We had a continous view of the Georgetown Loop.
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 08:01 PM
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Heading back down.
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At first I thought maybe a ventilation pipe, but then noticed the steal tie down next to it....
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A fall time trip is being ponderd.
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 08:06 PM
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We spent some time at one of the structures we passed earlier.
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You can see this structure from I-70.
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 08:09 PM
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 08:11 PM
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bh4rnnr
07-28-2012, 08:14 PM
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Last of the bunch.
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coloradobound
07-28-2012, 08:56 PM
Awesome pictures. Looks like I need to throw the bike in the truck.

bh4rnnr
07-29-2012, 07:57 AM
Awesome pictures. Looks like I need to throw the bike in the truck.

Thanks for the compliments:). I guess a lot of poeple combine this with a loop onto the Argentine Pass Road, 248.1. We saw a fwe bikers on the trail yesterday, but to be honest, not many people considering how close to town it is.

FJBRADY
07-29-2012, 10:51 AM
Thanks for posting the pictures Perry, very :cool:

Looks a bit tight for :kevin: more suitable for:hill::moto::hill:

Uncle Ben
07-29-2012, 12:38 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures Perry, very :cool:

Looks a bit tight for :kevin: more suitable for:hill::moto::hill:

HEY.....I resemble that remark! Watch it Mr. Clean! :D

bomber22
07-30-2012, 01:17 PM
non motor vehicle use only

subzali
08-22-2012, 10:01 AM
Wow, great pictures Perry! Don't know how I missed this report, but looks like a great hiking/biking/snowshoeing opportunity! Do you know how far it is to Pavilion Point from the trailhead?

Beachboy
08-22-2012, 12:32 PM
just did the hike 2 weeks ago - its a nice hike off I-70 with history.

bh4rnnr
08-23-2012, 09:07 PM
Wow, great pictures Perry! Don't know how I missed this report, but looks like a great hiking/biking/snowshoeing opportunity! Do you know how far it is to Pavilion Point from the trailhead?

Matt,

was going to respond last night but fell asleep. Yeah, i'm a lame ass.

It's an awesome route for hiking, biking and snowshoeing.

At 6%. The grade is easy, for us humans anyway. Some folks like to combine the Argentine route 248.1 to make a big loop.

Up to Pavilion Point and back took us only a morning. Awesomeness was A) Getting home before traffic started and B) The Georgetown Loop huming away while we hiked the Argentine Central.

I called it the Ghost of Argentine Central while hiking down.

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Old40Dog
08-28-2012, 10:13 PM
Very nice Perry. You should have some of the pics framed and kept to document the buildings up there which only have a few more years left. AWESOME!