Mount Edwards stands at 13,850 ft. making it Colorado’s 83rd highest mountain. It’s also one of my very favorite dog-friendly peaks! In April, Sheila I climbed Edwards’ north facing Goatfinger Couloir and I remarked that the Argentine Pass option looked like a fantastic place to take pals of both the human and canine variety. Even though Mount Edwards is a fairly straightforward adventure, there’s some spotty information online. I hope to get a decent page up in my hiking guides section soon. And for a future project: biking the Argentine Pass from Leavenworth Creek!
Argentine Pass is one of my favorite Front Range hiking trails. If you can ignore the power lines, there’s a lot to like: old mine ruins, beautiful wildflowers, a very well-made trail and the option to snag several peaks from the top of the pass. Besides Edwards, you can grab Grays, Torreys and Ruby Mountain to the west, Argentine Peak, Mount Wilcox and Decatur Mountain to the south or McClellan Mountain to the north. As a ridge-o-phile I love all the possibility.
Crowds are very low at Mount Edwards, in fact there’s no established trail to the top (though it’s easy to follow the ridge to the summit). It’s quite a site to see rows of hikers sticking up like porcupine quills on Grays and Torreys when you will likely have Mount Edwards all to yourself.
I’ve seen a few sites that list the “South Slopes” as a standard route. I’d highly advise against plodding up this route. Besides the fact Argentine Pass is a superior, wonderful class 2 trail, the south slopes look positively dreadful. Loose, steep and miserable. If you hate your knees though, give it a shot.
The 3.8 mile dirt road up to Peru Creek Basin is rough but passable by tough Subaru-type cars. Trucks will be fine. I’d highly suggest Mount Edwards for a close, fun day hike and tack on the extra summits for more challenge!