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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    
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         
2013-04-28 The normal route to the trailhead is clear of snow. There is a little mud but any vehicle can make it to the trailhead. gregpeak         
2013-04-14 skied the angel on 4.13.13. Got a bit of wind burn in the process (holy huge wind!) Anyway, trailhead status would be accessible with a 4wd vehicle. The beta in an earlier post was correct, at the sign for FR252 where youare directed to go left for the trailhead, stay right on a different road, it takes you to an intersection with FR252 just before the trailhead. It was muddy and snowy when we were there on Saturday and they got several inches of heavy, wet snow last night so the road probably hasn‘t gotten any better since we were there. You can take the normal route on FR252 but it involves sneaking around a large snow drift, you can do it but we chose not to. There was lots of snow still so bring snowshoes if you plan on gaining elevation from the TH. Have a good trip! jaquetcj    1      
2013-03-31 The normal route to the trailhead is blocked by the big drift that is normally there this time of year about 3 miles before the trailhead. However, we made it to the trailhead taking the alternate route (stay right at the FR 252 left turn). The road was muddy and snowy but passable to the trailhead in a 4wd vehicle. We made it with no problem in a Ford explorer. gregpeak    2      
2013-02-21 We made it 6.6 miles in from US 285 in my buddy‘s 4X4 Ford Explorer. The notorious drift is in full effect and blocking any further access. It‘s approximately 2.2 miles on the road to the official TH, and we snowshoed the whole way. Shoot me a PM if you have any questions. Peace! seano732         
2013-01-06 Made it to within 3 miles from the Shavano/Tabeguache trailhead with a Toyota Camry (2WD sedan). Fresh tracks from 4WD vehicles with high clearance made it all the way to the official TH. bighornmonkey         
2012-12-18 The road became impassable at the junction of CR250 and CR252, 3.2 miles from the TH. Road is completely covered, 2+ ft drifts in upper areas. TilleyDOES         
2012-12-13 I was unable to drive to the trailhead due to someone being parked in the middle of the road, ~2-2.5 miles below the TH. I was unable to pass them. With competent driving and 4WD, one should make it the trailhead without any trouble. The road is snow covered and there are few drifts up to 6 inches deep. Why they parked in middle of the road, not allowing anyone to pass, still leaves me scratchin‘. Unable to summit my 13er due to the extra delay. Furthermore    2      
2012-11-05 Road is still clear and completely passable by passenger car. It is a bit bumpy though so take it slow. Be aware that the hunters hurrying up and down the road in their trucks don‘t run into you... bhollamby         
2012-10-05 The road is bumpy (washboarded) but easily passable in any vehicle. There are bathrooms at the TH. They are in pretty good shape too. Nice walk up part of the Colorado trail with the Aspen leaves on the ground. wincoder         
2012-09-15 Took a Toyota Corolla to this trailhead no problem. Some washboarded areas, large rocks, but if you just use common sense and drive carefully, any passenger car can reach it just fine. barryfagin         
2012-09-08 Was able to make it all the way up to the trail head in a small passenger car. There are a few sections of washboard and a few other areas of decent size rocks to avoid but overall is in good shape. michaelgrundy         
2012-08-27 I was able to drive a Toyota Yaris all the way to the Blank Gulch TH. Easily passable with any car that is able to drive on semi-rough roads. The road is rocky, and has some wash boarding in a few places. You will have to drive over some cattle barriers along the way. The trail up is very rocky and rugged, and signed very well. I think I was on the East Slopes Trail. Not sure... There where a lot of blown down tree‘s on the trail, but they have all been cleared off. bking14ers         
2012-06-03 The road to the trailhead is dry and in good condition. Passenger cars should be able to make it to the trailhead without problem. The trail up Shavano is free of snow and downed trees. There‘s very little snow in the Angel. We did not do the traverse to Tabeguache so cannot report on conditions, but it looked pretty dry also. talusman    1      
2012-05-05 Road is dry all the way to the TH. Downed trees have been cut and cleared. Prius did fine so any vehicle should be good to go. FS bathroom was out of TP so be sure to pack your own. Hunter         
2012-04-02 The road in was very drivable with the exception of a large snow drift that was to large to drive through in my pickup. The drift is a little less than 2 miles from the TH. Sorry I didn‘t manage any pictures of the snow drift, but I marked the spot with my GPS and have included a google earth image so you can get a rough idea. The drift is at aproximatly 9058‘ dannyg23  1       
2012-03-23 The road is blocked by a big solid snow drift about 2 miles from the trailhead. gregpeak         
2012-03-09 The road is mostly snow packed past the 7 miles to TH sign. I was able to go about 3.5 miles from there in a jeep wrangler without too much difficulty. It took me a little over 4 miles to get to the Shav/Tab & CO Trail junction from where I parked. Dad Mike  1  2      
2011-10-31 Road to the Shavano TH was dry for the most part with a few slightly muddy spots. A couple of short spots in the shade with a bit of packed snow. Could easily drive to the TH in a passenger car. TommyF         
2011-07-09 Car camped at Shavano/Tabeguache before hiking. Added some pictures of the TH parking lot in summer. Fleischco  4       
2011-05-21 Road to TH is still clear as of 5/21. Dispersed sites are clear as well. Pic is from about second site past TH looking back to TH. Waggs  1       

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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