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|2014-10-27||Route: East Slopes
Info: Climbed Shavano on Monday, October 27. Dusting of snow in forest. A few snow patches on trail around 13,000‘. Ankle deep patches between rocks near summit. Microspikes helpful but not needed. Incredibly windy above treeline especially at saddle. Probably should have turned around. Constantly blown over. Lost ice axe near summit. Reward! See Lost and found forum for info.
|2014-10-24||Route: East Slopes
Info: No traction needed. Trail is dry all the way to the "angel" and even there you can bypass a lot of the snow if you want. Plenty of tracks to follow in the snow if you choose to do that. Near the summit if Shavano there is some ankle-deep snow but is well-tracked and you can boulder-hop much of it. The last bit up to the summit of Tab is probably a bit worse--you‘ll have to cross some snow patches here and there, but I was fine doing it with no gaiters and traction isn‘t really necessary. The ridge from Shav down to the Shav-Tab saddle is fine--probably best to stay on the eastern side where you can see bits of trail. Caveat: This report is only valid until the next snowfall! As usual, I will have a full report and pictures up on my website in a day or so: www.danieljoderphotography.com P.S. There were a half dozen very thin spirals of smoke still visible from the prescribed burn in the area, but you had to look for them. They didn‘t affect the perfect blue sky in any way.
|2014-10-19||Route: East Slopes
Info: Very little snow below timberline. Even above timberline, no significant snow until a few hundred feet below the saddle south of Shavano (photo 1). From this point on, gaiters are strongly recommended. What snow there is takes the form of frequent small patches that rarely reach shin deep. Some people might appreciate traction and ice axe when the snow is hard and icy in the morning; I did not use them. Snowshoes would have been useless. See pictures of Shavano and Tabeguache (photos 2 and 3).
|2014-10-04||Route: East Slopes
Info: standard route is 95% dry. a snow patch on Angel some snow on both summits.no traction needed.
|2014-09-26||Route: East Slopes
Info: The standard route is completely clear and gorgeous. The traverse over to Tab is clear as well. TH was pretty empty yesterday at 6 am, but as always, start early to be safe and beat the crowds. Get up there to see the unbelievable colors!!
|2014-09-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: The trail to Shavano was easy to follow and completely dry. The traverse to Tabeguache looked dry too but I didn‘t go over since it was very windy and I was cold (estimated temp with wind chill 5-10F).
|2014-08-23||Route: East Slopes
Info: We followed the Roach‘s book on the standard route to Shavano and Tabeguache. After reading several blogs I was a little apprehensive about taking this trail. Because it was listed in the book as the standard way to bag both we went for it. We got in late to the trail head. We would not have found the trail if it were not for GPS points. It is an obvious trail once you find it but I am not sure how maintained it is. Several campers told us their horror stories of the hike and that is was actually closed. We chickened out and went for Jennings Creek trail head and decided to summit Tageguache from Shavano. Finally got to the trailhead at 12:30 AM and we up at 4:00 and on the trail by 4:45. The road to the trailhead was a very easy drive with just a bit of washboards and some rocks to watch out for. There is no camping at the trailhead. On up the trail there were great campsites if we would have gotten in before nightfall. The trail was easily marked. Wind and clouds came in early. When I say wind, I mean the type that can blow you over. I doubted we would make Tab. Closer to the Shavono summit the trail becomes less defined but you can see where you are headed. On top the wind was far less fierce. We met a great couple from out of state. We encouraged each other to keep going and made it to Tab. The trail drops below the ridge so you are out of the wind that you encounter on the saddle prior to Shavano. The hike back over Shavano feels longs and you don‘t really gain any time or energy by skirting the summit. You can‘t travel too fast once above tree line due to the large rocks. Therefore, watch the weather. There are not a lot of places to hide if a storm comes in. Great long hike.
|2014-06-30||Route: East Slopes
Info: Full summer conditions. No snow anywhere on the standard summer route. The Angel is looking pretty thin and now starts about 200-300ft above tree line. The right arm still goes all the way to the saddle connecting to the standard route, but is shallow snow with many rocks now protruding through the snow cover.
|2014-06-28||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: drive was all clear 2wd. standard trail was all clear up to where we turned off for the angel at about 11000. it stayed dry most of tgre way thru the basin approaching the angel. some spotty snow fields. the angel was great fun, we hit the angel about 845 and the sun was high. the snow was starting to soften up. we used yaktrax/micro spikes and gaitors with an ice axe. as the snow softened up traction improved for us,but we did talk with a group who hit the angel at 700 and used crampons and had ice axes. the angel will definitely be available for another week maybe more but the snow is melting fast. we glissaided all the way down the angel and it was awesome.
|2014-06-21||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summer conditions all the way to the summit. No snow on the route.
|2014-06-14||Route: East Slopes
Info: Hiked up Shavano and Tabeguache yesterday. The trail is in good shape until shortly before treeline where there are a number of snow drifts covering the trail. However, the path through the snow has been packed down and easy to cross. I saw one person booting up the Angel during my hike. The southern most wing is still in while the northern wing is largely melted. From the Angel to the saddle and then the approach to the summit the wind was horrible yesterday. I was glad I packed some cold weather gear because the wind was very cold early in the morning. Later in the day after coming back from Tabegauche it was still windy, but not as bad as early in the morning and not as cold.
|2014-06-12||Route: East Slopes
Info: Mount Shavano has a clear approach up until around 11,000 ft. Small patches of snow from there up until the saddle but nothing your boots can‘t handle. No snow encountered again until climbing Tabeguache. Fairly straightforward snow ridge up until the summit. Get out no later than 6:00 because these two take some time!
|2014-06-10||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: My husband and I climbed the route today and the conditions were great. We started up the angel at 6:45 a.m. with crampons and ice axes. The snow was bulletproof and it would have been a bit sketchy to ascend without these tools. The north arm and head of the angel are gone, but the south arm was in good shape and took us almost to the saddle. When we glissaded the angel around noon, the snow had softened up quite a bit on the arm. I actually had to push myself along to keep moving as the slushy snow would pile up in front of me. However, on the steeper portion of the angel below the arms, there was just an inch or two of soft snow over the bulletproof layer. I really had to dig my ice axe in to control my speed. I would not have wanted to attempt glissading this part with trekking poles.
|2014-06-07||Route: East Slopes
Info: Reached bottom of Angel around 8:30am, bootpack next to glissade track in center. Snow was great, my partner booted up with trekking poles, I used crampons and ice axe. North arm of Angel is gone, head is decapitated, went up other arm, also good snow. To Tabeguache via saddle, snow on upper half of ascent to Tabeguache with short snow ridge that looked epic when you were on it, bootpack set in. Glissading down Angel was a cruise once I got into the glissade track, built up snow helped control speed, barely used ice axe.
|2014-06-01||Route: Up the East slope down the Angel
Info: Great (long) day on Shav and Tab! Almost no snow on the trail before the turn off to the Angel (which we missed) after that there is one large snowfield to cross. This snow was solid in the morning (around 8am) and traction was very helpful. It was very difficult to locate the trail in this portion, so we just kept left and eventually saw the Angel and main trail. There was very little snow on the Angel‘s arm above the intersection with the main trail on Shavano. The ridge down Shavano towards Tab was nearly snow free, but the trail up Tab was snow covered. Traction was also helpful here. We glissaded the Angel back to the main trail. The snow was a bit slushy but felt safe (even in the late afternoon) and an ice ax was helpful for controlling speed. The route (if there was one) back to the main trail was covered in fallen trees. We broke trail aiming northeast to eventually meet up with the standard route. We carried, but did not use snowshoes. Somehow this hike took us nearly 13 hours. *****We lost a pair of black plastic MSR snowshoes (borrowed from a friend!) on the glissade down the Angel (on the north side). It would be so wonderful if anyone finds those! *** Thanks!
|2014-05-26||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Road to trailhead is clear and can be reached by 2WD. Almost snow free till flat area at 10700. Continous snow from flats. Snowshoes needed from late morning. Snowshoe tracks are good till 11200.beyond that there are several tracks. Use route finding skills or gpsto reach basin. We turned around at this point.
|2014-05-19||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: 252 is completely free of snow and is in good condition. The trail is almost completely dry up to 11,000 where the trail flattens out. From here on, there are patches of snow all the way to treeline that we were able to hike in boots with the exception of a few post-holes. Above treeline the sun has warmed the snow enough to make for sturdy hiking with crampons. On the descent, snow was ~continuous from the summit to treeline with one mandatory hike to connect between patches of snow.
|2014-05-07||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Going up - get out of the trees and to the base ASAP. Going up there is still a lot of snow that crampons would make traveling easier. There is snow on the peak but it can be easily avoided by going to the left. Going down - stay out of the trees as long as you can. Even with that route finding will be difficult - snow shoes needed/advised. I took 520A to the TH.
|2014-05-04||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Turned back due to high wind at the torso of the Angel, but the snow conditions above treeline were good. Below treeline, you will definitely want floatation (though there is not 100% coverage through the forest, so you will be on rocks and dirt in your snowshoes for a few 100ft. stretches).
|2014-04-25||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: We climbed Mt. Shavano today. It was a grueling yet very fun hike. We were able to make it all the way to the trailhead by taking a right at the fork (not a left like the description states). There was some snow on this road but not much. Right from the start of the trail there are patches of snow but if you start early you can stay on top of the crust. We didn‘t put on any flotation until the Angel because we wanted to utilize our heel lifters. One could still ski down the Angel but it‘s suggested to go straight up the head, not to the arms because the snow is getting sparse. We were able to hike without flotation or spikes from the head until about 14,000 then we put flotation back on for the very top because of deep snow. Going up was slow through the angel due to its steepness. Coming down the angel was a blast as we glissaded a very long way. It was 2pm by the time we got to the bottom of the angel which made things rough until the end as we were post holing with or without flotation. The last mile was brutal with thigh deep snow that just fell apart below us. If you can, get off the mountain early or else plan to spend a lot of time falling through the snow.