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|2014-06-14||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: It was extremely windy and even cold on the approach to the summit of Shavano. This caused a lot of people who were on the summit of Shavano to not do the traverse to Tabeguache. I decided to start the traverse and see if the wind conditions would improve. There is almost no snow along the rocky traverse and the rocks made for a good wind break all the way to the saddle with Tabeguache. It was very windy on the saddle, but the higher I got on Tabeguache the less the wind became. There is only one snow field that needs to be crossed on the climb to Tabeguache. There are good booted in steps in the snow that are easy to follow; no traction required. On the top of Tabeguache there was hardly any wind and it was just beautiful out. So for anyone that finds themselves in similar wind conditions on Shavano it does not mean it will be the same over on Tabeguache.
|2014-06-05||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: This is for both summits. Shavano still has snow on the trail just before and as you come out of tree line. the snow in the trees was manageable without traction and out of the trees was the same. I did not posthole at all. The ridge up Tabeguache was snow covered but easy to move with a packed trail to the right on the ridge. I sank one time just feet from the summit.
|2013-11-09||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Similar to the last report, were a few inches of snow in spots between 10-13k and some between rocks on the ridge between Shav and Tab, then larger fields of snow along Tab‘s ridge (would have been good to put on gaiters as there as snow is up to 2‘ deep) but is avoidable if take an alternative, steeper line to Tab‘s summit.
|2013-10-27||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Did the Esprit/Shav/Tab loop on Sunday. Patches of snow on the trail, most noticeably ascending Tabeguache. The left arm and body of the Angel are both filling in... but you‘d need to be pretty desperate to ski this line in this state. Windy day! pic1 - Angel pic2 - Esprit pic3 - Shav pic4 - Tab
|2013-07-03||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Hiked Shavano/Tabeguache Peak today. Started at 6am, finished at 3PM. Trail is in great shape and easy to follow. Trailhead is just 15 minutes off paved road so easy to get to. Very uncrowded which was nice. There were about 6 other groups on the mountain today. Long and steep but not technical. Great Hike. We saw a Dahl sheep, mountain grouse and the usual marmots and picas
|2013-06-25||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: There was a small amount of snow remaining on the ridge leading up to Tabeguache from Shavano, but it could easily be avoided by staying to the left side. No traction needed.
|2013-06-08||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: More snow than Shavano, some of which cannot be easily avoided, but still perfectly reasonable without any snow gear. No need for: crampons, microspikes, gaiters, mountaineering boots, waterproof boots, or ice axes. Seriously. Maybe bring trekking poles if you have them. Temps were very nice, hiked in shorts and a trekking shirt.
|2013-05-13||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Lots of snow on Tabeguache, which made for a great climb (except for the fact that one has to hike back to Shavano!). The pics show 1) Tabeguache from Shavano; and 2) Tabueguache‘s summit.
|2012-12-02||Route: via the West Ridge
Info: I hiked the Jennings Creek trail all the way to the end of the draw and up the West Ridge as described in GR‘s fourteeners 3rd ed. It was a great hike that would have been even better in the spring. A few small patches of snow are on the trail but are easily bypassed. On the return trip I unfortunately took the original Jennings Creek trail and paid the price. I stayed away from the old trail but that area is the furthest thing from hike-able conditions these two feet have touched so far. If your searching for a great hike up Tab, ascend and descend the West Ridge.
|2012-11-05||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Beautiful conditions! Clear and dry for most of the trip. Only a few patches of snow remain and can be avoided with very little effort.
|2012-08-04||Route: Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)
Info: The road to the Jennings Creek trailhead is CLOSED as of 07/29/2012; anticipated reopening was not posted. Closure starts just past the Angel of Shavano campground (i.e. ~3.8 mi from trailhead) and includes foot traffic. The closure is apparently for logging operations in the area.
|2012-08-04||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: All downed trees are cleared from the trail.
|2012-06-23||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Since nobody else has added one since 6.10.12, I thought I‘d do you all a solid if you‘re looking to do this hike. Road to trailhead, great for your passenger car on up, watch the hoopy-d-doos with less clearance - otherwise, go nuts! There is a stinky pit bano at the TH. Trail is dry (too dry) all the way up Shavano. All fallen trees are cleared - thanks whoever did that! Trail is very obvious all the way to the top. Traverse to Tab is also completely clear and obvious. Plan on about 1hr each way from Shavano to Tab, and Tab back to Shavano - you can‘t skirt Shavano on the way back, but re-summiting isn‘t bad, and it would take much longer to skirt around in the skreeeeeee. Saw about a 6 x 10 patch of snow off trail all day. Also, WATCH FOR COLORADO SCHMEEK between the tree-line and 13k!
|2012-06-22||Route: Browns Creek/Lake
Info: Trip report to come later with, hopefully, a detailed map of the route to take but we hiked Tab and Shav from Brown Lake last weekend. The hike up to Brown Lake is in good shape until about mile 4.0 when the downed trees take over. It becomes a devastating wasteland for another 1.5 miles of the trail. At that first intersection of downed trees, my suggestion is to take a right along a faint trail...follow this for about .25 mile before the trail/path fades away. You may find the trail again but not for long. My suggestion is that at whatever point you choose, head north toward the upper side of the valley and pick your way west until you reach mile 5.5 and then head back down to find the trail. You can find your way through pretty well if you stay high in the valley. The last .5 mile to the lake is clear. Trust me in that you probably don‘t want to attempt to follow the trail through the downed trees as we did the first go around...it‘s a nightmare and certainly not suggested if you have a dog. Though our dog, a 70lb goldendoodle did okay, other smaller ones may not in the places they have no choice but to go up and over downed trees.
|2012-06-10||Route: Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)
Info: I hiked up to Tabeguache this morning from the Jennings Creek TH. The trail up to tarn that Bill refers to in the main route description is in very good shape. There were only a couple of trees blocking the main trail and it was easy to navigate around them. Once I split off from old (closed) trail and started heading up the valley towards the saddle between Carbonate and Tab‘s west ridge I was surprised by how beautiful the hiking was. It‘s still a fairly steady ascent but it avoids the badly eroded area that caused the closure. IMO this should be the standard route on Tabeguache. It‘s direct, it‘s scenic, it‘s not dangerous, and there is already a very well built trail that takes you up close to treeline. Just do a little research here on 14ers.com and you‘ll have no trouble finding good information about the route.
|2012-06-06||Route: Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)
Info: I decided the use the Jennings Creek route to Tab instead of the standard route just to do something different. I should have taken the standard rout. There is no way to you this route without damaging the fragile and loose soils, whether you stay on the trail or off the trail, the soil are very loose and the area so steep that soil movement is unavoidable. This trail should never have been built in this location and thats the obvious reason that they closed it. I recommend that 14er.com remove this route from their options.
|2012-05-28||Route: Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)
Info: The lower trail was normal. As you approach tree line and as you get above it becomes pretty obvious why they closed it down. It‘s not dangerous perse, I just can‘t imagine trying to maintain a trail in what is essentially very coarse grained sand. The trail along the ridge is exposed most of the way and it was windy. Aside from the "trail" being out it was a pretty normal hike though. It was windy and cold for much of the way, so don‘t come expecting a summer hike just yet. I‘ve included a few pictures: Image 1: Coming up the loose "coarse sand" slope. Image 2: Approaching the ridge. Image 3: On the ridge, cold, exposed and windy, but free of snow.
|2012-05-28||Route: Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)
Info: Trailhead was easy to find. No snow on the standard route below treeline, but there are 3 large downed trees over the trail. Erosion area was fine going up, but horrible going down. I‘m not sure I would recommend this route to anyone now that the standard Shavano route is cleared out again. Extremely high winds were encountered on the exposed ridges before the summit. The snow patches are entirely avoidable, and are pretty small by this point. The trail itself is starting to fade, it‘s very easy to lose the trail once you gain the ridge proper, but it‘s hard to "get lost" if you know where you are going. Study topo maps before you go, it can be a little confusing- knowing which ridges to take. You spend a lot of time up high on this route and the talus is loose!
|2011-11-11||Route: Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)
Info: Still not enough snow to warrant snowshoes, even in the basin. Snow can be deep, but only for short stretches. Mountain surface is windblown. Jennings creek TH is not accessible by anything but a serious 4WD.
|2011-10-21||Route: Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)
Info: Hiked from Jennings Creek TH. Clear of snow expect a couple patches near 13,000 that are easily avoidable.