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Shavano/Tabeguache Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Shavano, Tabeguache Peak
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  On U.S. 285, one mile north of the U.S. 50 and U.S. 285 junction near Poncha Springs, turn west on County Road (CR) 140. This turn is about 21 miles south of Buena Vista, and across the highway from the entrance to the Salida airport. On CR 140, drive 1.7 miles and turn right on CR 250. Drive 4 miles to a "Y" junction. CR 250 goes right and Forest Road (FR) 252 starts on the left. Stay left on FR 252 and continue 2.9 miles to another small junction near a cattle guard. Cross the cattle guard and drive 0.2 miles to the Shavano+Tabeguache trailhead. The old Blank Cabin trailhead is now closed and gated. The trail starts behind the restroom, travels through the forest, and intersects the Colorado Trail near the old Blank Cabin trailhead.
Winter Access:  Usually closed many miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-03-29 Made it all the way to the summer TH @ 8:30AM. Don‘t think I‘d do it in a 2WD but a decent 4X4 with a good driver should make it no problem. Jay521         
2015-03-29 Cleared out where the snow crossed the road shortly after the Y in the road. Can now get to a little over a mile from the main trailhead. zjbraddock  2       
2015-03-19 I too just went up to the "Y" today and saw where others have decided to drive along the left side of the road, as the real road is still buried in snow. It has caused some significant damage to the terrain. If one choses to utilize this area to access the Shav/Tab TH at Blank Cabin, then time to hoof if Team!. An alternative is the Angel of Shav TH, which reduces the approach by a mile. Spring is coming....hold tight for a couple of weeks on vehicle access at this point and we‘ll check back. zombiewolf         
2015-03-15 Drove on the 252 road past the "Y" junction of 252 and 250. The actual 252 road is on the right and in deep snow. People have opted to drive a little left of the road, which is in deep mud. I stopped before the road start downhill off of this plateau. From this location I could see where the road comes back up the other side. There were no tracks there, which is the place I would consider the most difficult part of the road. Eagle Eye         
2015-01-18 Drove all the way to the Shavano/Tabeguache TH yesterday. There is a lot of snow on the road and drifts in some places. Eagle Eye         
2015-01-16 You can get closer if you take 250A instead of 252. Today I drove ~1.7 miles past the y-split (turn right at the y), 1.3 miles short of Blanks Cabin. The snow gets deeper the further back you get. I turned around since the driving was getting pretty squirrely in the deep sections and wasn‘t in the mood to get stuck. Someone drove further in (today), possibly to Blanks Cabin. I‘m probably just going to hike in from Angel of Shavano campground (Colorado Trail) since the drive in is easier and the extra miles are pretty flat. Yikes         
2015-01-09 I read a post today of someone looking for an update on the Shav/Tab T-Head. You can make it to the CCR 252 and CCR250 and that‘s it. You can see someone tried to make it, but they turned around. Three (3) miles to T-head from this junction. Time to start walking or skiing, but not much snow. zombiewolf  2       
2014-12-07 The road to the trailhead is clear of snow except for in a couple of areas. Any vehicle could make it to the trailhead, as the amount of snow is less than an inch. in those few places. Get there while you can! LizWeiss         
2014-10-31 Perfectly dry road all the way to TH. Yes, a Subaru can make it or any other passenger car! :-) StarGirl         
2014-08-23 Easily accessible with almost any vehicle. Bumpy in parts, but nothing you couldn‘t get over with some conscious maneuvering. Lots of great camping spots on the road near the trailhead. lpeabbles         
2014-08-10 I am writing this TH report not for snow or mud, but to reach out to all who read this to please respect this and other THS. The bathroom and surrounding area was disgusting!!!! Bags of dog poop left about and the restrooms were nasty. I hope that my fellow 14er climbers are not responsible for this behavior. Folks, if we do not do our part to keep these areas in good shape then we will be faced with a "Pay Per Use Fee" before we know. Let‘s do our parts and keep it free and clean. zombiewolf         
2014-05-07 The normal route to the trailhead (CR 252) is now open. The road is dry the whole way except for one short stretch of mud. gregpeak    1      
2014-05-04 Snowdrift still there - approx. 50 feet, max depth a couple feet. Bypass via 250A is all clear. Trailhead clear. sergeisorkin         
2014-05-02 Same as previous entry. Snowdrift still covering 252. You can go right at fork as mentioned, then take the first left (at a hard right curve in the road). unclegar         
2014-04-25 We hiked Shavano today and were able to get to the trailhead with NO problem. The snow drift is still very much present on 252 (the directions given in the route description) but instead of taking a left at the fork we took a right. This is a little longer and there was a little snow in different parts but most cars could get through it at this point. Passenger cars may not because of the little bit of snow but we watched a Rav4 get through with no problem. deters34    2      
2014-04-21 As Nelson wrote, still no travel more than .8 miles from the 250/252 road fork. Eagle Eye         
2014-04-10 Drove .8 miles past 250/252 junction (9000 ft.). Beyond there it is still impassable. There is running water in the stream but it is muddy. Beyond there I believe a 4 wheel drive could make it too the trailhead. Nelson         
2014-04-06 The snow drift above the 250/252 junction shows NO signs of melting out anytime soon. It‘s gonna be awhile. Monte Meals    2      
2014-04-01 USFS 252 is blocked about 1/2 - 3/4 mile beyond the 250/252 junction by a deep snow drift on the side of a ravine (the usual spot - see 3rd picture below). After that, the road is dry for about a mile before becoming snow covered above ~9,500ft. Parking lot is covered in deep snow (see below). Snow shoes or skis very helpful above 9,500ft. Recommend parking at the 250/252 junction - it is a 3.25 mile hike from that point to the TH. jeffth5  3  3      
2014-01-24 CO 252 is blocked by a huge snow drift about 2.5 miles from the TH. We attempted the alternate route via 250, and promptly got stuck and spent an hour and a half digging ourselves out. Good times. Save yourself the aggravation, and park just past the 252/250 junction. Peace! seano732    2      
2013-11-20 Road to TH is mostly dry. Some spots with snow-pack. Had no difficulty going up in my 2WD (FWD) Honda Civic, until the last 50 yards - and that is mostly due to less-than-great tread on my tires. KSU Wildcat         
2013-11-09 Was surprised after recent snows (in other mountain ranges) to find the road completely dry. BrentRichter         
2013-11-09 Road is in good shape and completely clear of snow. I made it all the way in a Mitsubishi Eclipse bunny256         
2013-09-14 The road up to Shav/Tab is clear despite recent rains. No problem for my forester ... Happy trails! LasagnaRN         
2013-05-13 I drove to the TH on a VW Jetta with no problems whatsoever. The dirt road is in very good shape. Just slow down on a couple of spots and you should be fine. Also, there was no snow, mud or potholes. esagas         

The new Shavano/Tabeguache TH. The old road to Blank Cabin is gated on right. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-14)The trailhead in February after hiking 2.5 miles from the winter closure. (Added by: CO Native on 2009-02-23)

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