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|2016-07-16||Route: East Slopes
Info: Road to TH was great. Restroom was pretty disgusting. Summer conditions all the way up. Lots of haze from forest fires nearby but no substantial loss of air quality. Though I did feel winded a couple times on the heading up to Shavano summit (most likely unrelated). Summit was clear. Aside from the loose gravel below summit (going up and coming down), great hike. Very little wind up top but Some clouds rolled in at summit. Appeared thick but not threatening. After watching how fast they were moving out, I decided Tabeguache was worth a shot. Left TH at 0600, Shavano at 1050, Tab at 12 back in the parking lot by 1600. Slow moving going back down as my knees started to hurt and that loose gravel put me on my butt a handful of times. Surprisingly, lots of people on summit for a Friday. (20-25). *** I picked up 3 plastic bottles, 1 jacket and a few trail bar wrappers on the trail. Please pack out your trash and LNT.
|2016-06-29||Route: East Slopes
Info: No problems getting to the trailhead. Slept overnight in one of the dispersed campsites just past the trailhead. Perfect night. Beautiful start to the day. Left the parking lot just before 5am. Summitted Shavano just before 8am. Headed over to Tabeguache and came back. Left Shavano a little after 10am. Not a cloud in the sky. By the time I got to the saddle, two dark and large clouds had popped up very quickly (less than 20 minutes) just to the west. 30 minutes later just before I approached treeline, it started hailing pea-sized hail. It was hard enough to make the ground white. There was also several loud, close claps of thunder. After about 30 minutes while I descended, the heavy hail gave way to lighter rain for another 30 minutes. Then on-and-off-drizzle until I got back to the parking lot at about 12:15. Near the parking lot, along the Colorado trail there were about 20 cattle grazing on the trail. I waited a few minutes to let them slowly meander past the trail and continued. 100% snow free. No problems with the creek crossings.
|2016-06-25||Route: East Slopes
Info: Had a great time summiting (is that a word?) both peaks. TH was totally dry took a Ford Fusion up with no problems. Tabegauche had some snow on it but I avoided it by staying hikers left. Shavano had no snow and the trail was in great condition. I was surprised to see no snow already. Head out and have a great time!
|2016-06-20||Route: East Slopes
Info: Route is pretty much free of snow, definitely summer conditions. No microspikes needed.
|2016-06-17||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trail 99% clear of snow with just a few short sections. Never post-holed going up. Ran in to one section in the saddle between the two peaks where I did, but simply went around it on the way down. No special equipment is required, though really good boots are nice. This is one rocky climb, with lots of sharp rocks above 13,000 feet on both peaks. Just in case you want to take a dog, this trial is one of the worst I have seen for paws, and this was my 41st and 42nd peak. Enjoy.
|2016-06-12||Route: East Slopes
Info: Several short snow crossings between treeline at 12,200 feet and saddle at 13,400 feet. Many were avoidable, but walking through them wasn't too bad either with generally minor postholing. There was also a short stretch where water was running over the trail just below the stream crossing. Overall, the trail was in great shape and easy to follow.
|2016-06-04||Route: East Slopes
Info: Below treeline snow is intermittent, and non-problematic shy of a few areas where you have to post hole. At treeline snow thickens and the trail all but vanishes. I'm no trail whisperer, but this route just about up and vanishes into the snow and old postholes and snowshoe trails above treeline, so be ready to do some heavier route finding higher up. Gaters are a must, and microspikes were helpful on the ascent, and though I brought snowshoes, the need for them never really arose. The snow is often too patchy to warrant putting them, only to have to remove them shortly, so we post holed instead. An ice axe was helpful on the descent since we glissaded off the summit and down into the Angel off of maybe 6-7 slides through patchy snow. Trekking poles also recommended, but not a necessity by any means. We hiked out to the trail down below treeline from the side of the angel where snow conditions are too deep/bad for a clean, fast glissade. It was a beautiful, warm day. Brought thermals thinking of how cold it might still be at 14k, but lo and behold, the need never arose. Practically t-shirt and shorts weather up there now despite the snow.
|2016-05-29||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Skied the Angel today. As usual, have to bushwhack a bit when leaving the main trail around 11.2K feet. The main trail is better this year. Last year this time there were a lot of trees down across the main trail below 11K feet. Snow starts around 11.5K feet and continuous to the top (when going up East Ridge). Although, lot of rocks sticking out over 14K feet. Left our skis and tagged the summit in ski boots for the last ~100 feet to the top. Snow softened up nicely by 10AM when we started our descent. Note, patchy / non-continuous snow starts a little below 11K feet. Occasional post holing in early AM, lots more post holing on descent. All worth it for last ski of the season!
|2016-05-09||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: bottom part of trail has a dusting of snow, then about a mile or so in, the snow is mostly continuous. There were posthole marks in the trail all over. The Angle body was filled in with blown-in powder and there were some old slide paths visible coming off the north face. Some sections of glaze snow/ice interspersed with blown snow. the angel arms were firm sastrugi. winds above the angel body were far too strong, so we did not summit.
|2016-05-07||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Road to the standard TH is clear of snow, just a few damp patches that are easily navigated in any vehicle. Started in trail shoes and hiked to around 10700ft through patchy snow, mostly on a semi-packed trail. We put on skis and skins here and continued to skin almost to the summit. There is still quite a bit of deadfall down in the trees that needs to be avoided, and snow got very punchy, flotation a necessity. The Angel is fully filled in, body and arms. Snow was frozen above 11k, made for tougher skinning in the Angel, but doable. Easily booted in the AM as an alternative. Snow was continuous until about 300-400ft below the summit block, then fairly rocky to the top. Overall there is a TON of snow and lines are filled in nicely for skiing though it could use a few more thaw and refreeze cycles. On the way down the Angel was still fairly hard as the sun was blocked by the clouds most of the day. Below treeline the snow turned into mashed potatoes, which was fine with skis, but I wouldn't want to be hiking through it. Overall its in great condition for a ski.
|2016-03-29||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Parked three miles from the trailhead on FR 252 because of snow drifts, the other road would probably take you much closer to the trailhead. Mix of snow and trail up to around 10,500' (rough estimate) and then constant snow to base of the angel. My partner and I assessed avalanche conditions, discussed a plan, then went for it. Don't read this and assume it is good to go, assess conditions when you get there because they are constantly changing this time of season, especially with the recent snow and constant winds. Angel is in great shape right now. Right arm extends almost to the east ridge. Mixed snow and rock on final summit push. Decided not to go for Tabeguache due to deteriorating weather. Part of me wishes that I would have brought skis for the decent because the angel is in prime shape for a ski descent now, but the other half of me was really happy that I didn't have to pack them in and out below the angel. I wore snow shoes from roughly 10,500' to the top of the right arm and they worked well. Microspikes would suffice for the angel right now however you will be post-holing sections below the angel.
|2016-03-13||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: the CT and Shavano trail is 75% trench and 25% dirt. Good skin track set to the base of the angel, and there is just barely continuous snow from the saddle. Skied the north Arm as it had better snow. Summit to Shavano is snow free, traverse to Tab is moderately snowy. Saddle and the main ridge of Tab are socked in.
|2015-09-26||Route: East Slopes
Info: The trail was dry as a bone the entire way this past weekend. It was even difficult to spot any snow anywhere from the top of Shavano and Tabeguache. Hard to believe given that it‘s the end of September in the Rockies.
|2015-09-20||Route: Passing through the area
Info: Passing through Salida, fall colors are coming out on the southern Sawatch. No snow. Monarch Pass heading to the San Juans is getting close to peak fall colors. Several walls of gold on the Salida side.
|2015-09-12||Route: East Slopes
Info: Road to the TH is easily doable with a 2WD. The route is completely dry all the way up. It was actually fairly warm since you are in the sun for the entirety of the route after getting out of treeline. Took 3 hours to get to the peak and I ran most of the way back down which took 2 hours after doing Tab.
|2015-09-04||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trail is most likely very wet right now. It started raining at 10am Friday and rained through the night in Salida. The clouds were black over shavano most all day today and remain so at 230pm. Early early start is recommended as the peak and Angel are quite exposed until tree line. The clouds seem to roll in and settle there.
|2015-08-09||Route: East Slopes
Info: A bit muddy at the start but easily avoidable. Climb is fairly steady and will get your heart pumping! The steepest part is the final ascent up Shavano, so if you are discouraged from climbing Tabeguache after you summit Shav, think again. Once you reach the saddle, the ascent up Tab takes only about 15 minutes and the rocks aren‘t the stairmasters that you find on Shav. It‘s about 30-45 minutes from the top of Shav to the top of Tab. Go for it! The ascent back up Shav is a little long but gradual, and then you are home free. Just be safe descending steep Shav.
|2015-07-26||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trail is easy to follow. Some mud in the beginning. Note there are two stream crossings--near each other. The second is larger and has logs across. Also, a few downed trees to navigate on the trail.
|2015-07-09||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trail steep but all clear, summer conditions. Traverse to Tab. has snowfield yet on saddle that is well worn through.
|2015-07-03||Route: East Slopes
Info: Got hit by a hail/lightening storm and had to sprint 1500 feet through the scree to make it to safety. BUT, the trail is in great shape. No snow. Gear: Long-sleeve, wind-guard, light weight puffy coat, mittens, warm hat, hiking boots, sunscreen. The standard stuff. For more info, visit my blog sunshineof1985.com. I‘ll be reporting for all 55 14ers that I climb this summer!