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Weekend Backpacking Trip to Argentina Peak (White Mountains)

  • May 10, 2013 · 8:00 PM
  • Argentina Peak

Please see note below about water!

 

We'll be heading to the White Mountains for this loop trip, about 15 miles north of Ruidoso. These mountains are beautiful with cool canyons and large meadows along the crest which allow for spectacular views. We'll be taking the Big Bonito trail #36, the Little Bonito trail #37 and then the Crest trail #25 to reach Argentina Spring where we will camp up on the ridge with spectacular views for the night. The next day we'll take the Argentina Canyon trail #39 back to the trailhead and our waiting vehicles.

You will be able to RSVP for this trip starting April 1, 2013

If you RSVP "Yes" for this trip please plan on attending.

Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "Pages" section.

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release Form on file with us.  This waiver covers all trips and activities so you only have to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our Files section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is April 26, 2013

Trip Dates: May 10 (Fri evening) thru May 12 (Sunday hike out)

Drive Time to Trailhead & Camping Area: 2 hr 45 min from ABQ

Trailhead & Camping Area Location: Take I-25 south to San Antonio and take exit 139 to US 380 east. Continue 65 miles through Carrizozo, then another 8 miles to SR 37 south (to Nogal). Continue on SR 37 south for 12 miles and look for Forest Road 107 (which is also county road C-009) and turn right. There is a sign for Bonito Lake at this turn. Continue down the narrow road and at 5 miles you'll pass the turnoff for South Fork Campground. Continue another 5 miles or so beyond this turnoff (staying on FR 107) and you will come to the end of the road. This is where the dispersed camping is and where we'll be. Look for our Meetup sign indicating our camp area. Passenger cars can easily make it to the camp area.

Please Note: There is no water available at this camp area (Friday night) and because of the dry conditions this winter there is no water available at our backcountry camp Saturday night.  The last report I got was a totally dry spring and a dry creek for at least the first mile or so down the canyon.  I recommend carrying up all the water you will need for Saturday.

Trip Rating:  Moderate

Trail Length: 3 miles Saturday, 3 miles Sunday, 6 miles total (with option for day hikes)

Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet

Elevation Range: 7,800 ft to 9,100 ft

Expected Temps: Highs in 70's, lows in upper 40's to 50's 

Dogs Allowed

Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!

Contact Bob F with any questions

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Definitely glad I went!

    May 14, 2013

  • Charlene

    Nice photos Donovan. I like the night sky pic!

    May 13, 2013

    • Beth

      And the cool bear track.

      May 13, 2013

  • Jim

    Great group of people! Rough weather on Saturday, but made Sunday even more enjoyable!

    May 13, 2013

  • Charlene

    Thank you Bob; you're the best! And to everyone; I enjoyed your company and your dogs, it was great fun! Hope to see you again on another trip.

    May 13, 2013

  • Brandon

    Good times and beautiful scenery! Dakota says she had fun too..thanks for another great trip.

    May 12, 2013

  • Donovan

    Thanks Bob, great trip.

    May 12, 2013

  • Donna

    Great trip!

    May 12, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    Thanks Bob - great location and group.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Beth

    Beautiful scenery and great folks!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Bob F

    Fun trip & people and the weather wasn't too bad considering the forecast!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Jon

    Another great trip Bob! I enjoyed meeting a number of awesome people.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Bob F

    I saw 50% tonight and then 30% thru Saturday & Saturday night and 20% on Sunday. But we know how that goes sometimes!

    May 10, 2013

  • Donna

    Be prepared for rain - high probability 50'ish percent chance - especially during Friday/Saturday night.

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Bob F

    There's probably not going to be any water at our camp area Saturday night. See note in trip description above. I am still bringing Trav'ler though and having him carry his water (fyi).

    May 8, 2013

  • Brandon

    Bob, just to clarify..there will be water at the backcountry camp on Saturday?

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Charlene

    Just to say the Smokey Bear District of the Lincoln National Forest, which includes our camping/backpacking area, is now under Stage I fire restrictions, which means no campfires. I was going to bring firewood and suggest we make s'mores, but not this trip.

    May 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Does that restriction also mean no camping stoves? The announcement Charlene linked to doesn't have an exemption for that like I've seen in the past.

      May 8, 2013

    • Charlene

      Campstoves are allowed Roy, we're good...:). In speaking to an informative lady at the District, she said unless they get rain soon, they are planning to up the restrictions, possibly including full forest closure. We are fortunate to be going early in the season.

      May 8, 2013

  • Beth

    I live in the East Mountains and I'm thinking of driving to the campsite on the eastern route, through Mountainair, leaving around 3:00 on Friday. If anyone wants to ride with me, send me an email.

    May 7, 2013

    • Donovan

      I am planning on going that route as well, more scenic, coming from Bernalillo, if youre interested in following one another or sharing a ride. I prefer to drive.

      May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Bob,

    I recently discovered that I have a herniated disc in my back. Unfortunately, I am no longer allowed to backpack until my back condition improves... I really wish I could go to Argentina Peak as it sounds great! My apologies for canceling.

    April 29, 2013

  • Donovan

    I will RSVP yes for now. my work schedule comes out this friday. if I have to I'll change the RSVP then. crossing my fingers.

    April 24, 2013

  • Derrick

    Friends coming in from out of town.

    April 22, 2013

  • Bob F

    The road to the trailhead (which goes by Bonito Lake) is open. Some of the side roads are still closed, but those won't affect our trip.

    April 1, 2013

  • Bob F

    Alot of the wilderness did burn, but the main fire stopped just east of where we're going to hike. You'll drive through the burn areas on the way to the trailhead. Jon (Poptart) said there were small burns along parts of the trail.

    April 1, 2013

  • Derrick

    know how bad the burn is in this area? did camp burn?

    April 1, 2013

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