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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    
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       
2011-05-13 Clear of snow all the way to TH. thatstite         
2011-05-06 Clear to the TH Coniferite         
2011-04-30 2wd cars could make it to the TH as of Saturday April 30th. Carl         
2011-04-24 4WD still good to have. About 4 inche of snow fell overnight but was well on its way to melting by the afternoon. Otherwise open to trailhead parking. bhaydin         
2011-04-16 4wd vehicles were able to get up to the TH. Some parties choose to park below a large snow drift on the road partially blocking access. its_not_a_tuba         
2011-03-06 Still only open to the 250/252 junction. Had to hike in the +3.2 miles to the actual Shavano trailhead scholbiwan         
2011-02-12 Parked at the junction of CR 250 and FR 252 (~8800‘), 3.2 miles from TH and hoofed it from there. After having skinned it, I‘d say it‘s possible to drive at least another 0.5 mile up FR 252. maverick_manley         
2010-12-04 Sitting at the TH right now. Road is mostly dry; there are some small areas of ice and snow in the last mile, but I‘d venture to guess that most cars could probably get to the TH with careful driving. Not sure for how much longer, though! tmathews         
2010-06-27 The road is in very good condition and can easily be driven with a 2WD vehicle with a bit of care. hberry         
2010-05-15 The road to the trailhead is snow free and passable. Kevin8020         
2010-05-11 As of May 11 evening, there is a large tree down blocking passage on Chaffee 252 about 2.5 miles before the trailhead. I've contacted the forest service, but for now, you should take 250 to 250A to access the trailhead. Both Chaffee 252 and 250/250A are accessible by 2WD (except for the whole tree thing on 252). soybean56         
2010-05-02 The snowdrift on 252 has receded enough to be able to pass by it. The trailhead is open via the standard drive up 252. Barrett Cooper         
2010-04-26 Take CR 250 to CR 250A instead of CR 252 and you will be able to make it all the way to the trailhead. CR 250 currently has a 200 ft long snow drift that is impassable by any vehicle. hberry         
2010-04-18 The road is dry to mile 4.8. At mile 4.8 there is an impassible snowdrift covering approx. 50 yds of the road. Once past the snow drift the trailhead should be easily accessible. Yalegirl09         
2010-02-28 impassable at 3.25 miles now. Modified 4X4 may be able to make it to 3. mountainmicah83         
2010-02-21 Road impassable by passenger vehicle 3 miles below summer TH due to deep snow to the summer TH. A 4WD is required for the prior 2 miles to that. mountainmicah83         
2010-01-18 Snow drift blocks road about 2.5 miles before trailhead. Drift only about 100 ft. long but clearly impassable. Rest of the road to the TH is clear though. arnee05         
2009-08-18 trail head can be made in any vehicle car/truck there is camping just up the road from the TH with fire rings or you can in car camp at the TH larkinrx2         
2009-07-09 Found fiveninerzero‘s bumber and ground effects at the second big bump.....just kidding! The road is accessible for just about anything. huffy13         
2009-07-04 I made it all the way in a lowered sports car with 30 profile tires. I have about 3-4 inches of clearance. If I can do it, you can too. fiveninerzero         
2009-06-01 5/29/09 Made it to TH in ‘93 Ford Escort Wagon with little trouble. Overall, great road. Pay attention to odometer readings and follow Bill‘s directions! Johnson         
2009-05-04 Snow drift melted out - tree cut down and moved off the road. Easily passable by car. mtngoat         
2009-05-03 As of 5/2/09 the snowbank is almost completely melted out. It doesn‘t even cover half of the road, very easy to drive around and avoid altogether. All vehicles can make it to the TH. Shogun         
2009-04-26 snowbank is still present, at least 3 more weeks before the main road is passable. it is likely that you can take the right at the fork to get to Blanks Cabin. there was one truck at the TH today, I assume from taking the back route. Yikes         

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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