Rough 4WD road up to the Mine in the dark, but not hiccups along the way. Got a quick start up the mountain to Edwards, then stuck, close to the ridgeline to get McClellan. No easy path back to Edwards, so I cut across the basin towards a glacier and made way up the south side of that to rejoin the "trail" back to the saddle between Edwards and Argentine. Followed some mountain goats up to Argentine (though, the path they chose to follow was harder than mine). From there, the cloud were looking a little scary, but weather reports told me I had a few more hours. I picked up the pace and crossed the gap over to Wilcox. Stick close to the ridgeline—there's remnants of a social trail there that will protect your ankles a bit more and protect the tundra. Summitted Wilcox and booked it back to the saddle to then follow a social trail down into the basin. However, the trail disappeared and I had to bushwhack back to the road to follow it back to the mine. If using my GPS to do the same, I recommend almost always sticking to the ridgeline between these mountains. Whenever I strayed away, I found myself coming back.
Quick summit from Argentine. Descended a little above the saddle back toward Argentine for a loop to the car at the Wilcox Mine.
From Naylor TH (end of plowed section of Guanella Pass Rd.), with Otter.
Nice 5 mile loop with good views
With Michelle . Easy haul up east ridge from GP CG. Interesting weather. High wind and almost constant flurries on the ascent with ever-decreasing visibility. Descent had bluer skies. Naylor lake completely frozen.
Great loop hike from Silver Dollar Lake TH with Cole and Jenny. http://www.coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2014/06/mount-wilcox.html
Went up the Otter/Wilcox drainage to avoid the private property near Naylor Lake. Some of the worst deadfall and worst willows I've ever encountered. Glad this was a loop and didn't have to come back this way!
Followed by Otter.
Climbed up the SE ridge with my wife before heading over to Otter. We were surprised at the ease of this climb. We enjoyed views of Argentine, Square Top, Bierstadt, and Evans from the summit.
With MountainHikerette & Snowball from Naylor Lake TH. Needed floatation to get through the willows.
From winter road closure. Square Top, Argentine, and Wilcox. Cold
With Rhett. Started at the road closure, summited Square Top, Argentine and Wilcox. We finished coming down the Silver Dollar Lake Rd. Made for a nice cirque.
This was a great trip. Started at Naylor Lake, hiked up to the ridge to the Squaretop, Argentine, then continued a very loong ridge to Edwards, went back to Argentine and finished on Wilcox. It got dark when I got back to the forest around Naylor Lake and there was mess of fallen trees and deep snow. Lots of postholing!! There was a very strong gusty wind on the summit of Square top that I could not stand, I'd say about 50 - 70 mph. It got better later.
Climbed Wilcox up eastern slopes above Naylor lake. Descended to saddle and then climbed Argentine.
From Silver Dollar TH. Nice combo hike in a continuous misty rain all morning. Change of pace from normal CO morning hiking!
Looped these three from the Guanella closure. Went with Mike Smith, Mark Wilson, and Okie.
I enjoyed hiking up Mt Wilcox with skis in spring conditions. The mountain was wind-swept on most aspects with layered wind-deposited slabs on east-facing slopes. We got a few turns in on crusty snow before enjoying being blown across the frozen Naylor Lake on our skis. The ski out via the snowshoe track was probably the most fun of the day. A good 6-hour outing.
Climbed with Darin from the parking area for Silver Dollar Lake, we also made the traverse over to Wilcox. Surprisingly dry given the recent snow storm a week ago, but windy on the summit (maybe that's where the snow went?). Good short fall hike, just under 6 miles RT for the pair!