|Peak:||Mt. Shavano (14er)|
|Route:||East Ridge Variation|
|Date of Information:||02/05/2011|
Group of 4 (Kevin Baker, d_baker, jeffskio, and anna) made it up Shavano in less than enjoyable conditions. Cold winds above treeline + fresh snow = poor visibility for the majority of the time.
Expect to walk at least 2.5 miles up CR252 to get to the Shavano/Tabeguache trailhead. It might be better (or at least similar) to take 250A, but I didn't drive up it to confirm. It's worth looking into if you go, as it may save you a bit of road hiking. The road hiking adds about an hour each way of walking time. At this time, snowshoes/skis are unnecessary for the road.
Flotation needed from trailhead to treeline. Stashed snowshoes around treeline and had no need of them the remainder of the time. We ended up hiking straight up the East Ridge rather than taking the East Slopes route. The East Slopes route looked very doable, however, thanks to windscour.
East ridge is stable talus with very short snow sections interspersed. Snow in these sections is compacted and at times, difficult to kick steps into. I ended up using my microspikes, but it's definitely doable without traction right now.
We started from the car around 7:15 am and reached the summit around 3:00 pm. Descent went quickly and we were back at the car around 7 pm.
Additional photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/huamele/252011ShavanoEastRidge?authkey=Gv1sRgCPzO7pL1w8LfuAE&feat=directlink
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