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Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:26 am

After a recent ski trip to the Angel, I finally got enough photos to add the route description...

Shavano and Tabeguache Routes

I put a bunch of ski photos on there too.
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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby ajkagy » Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:29 pm

Hey Bill

A group of us climbed the angel this past weekend but took the route from the angel of shavano trailhead since the shavano/tab trailhead was blocked by snow farther down the road this time of year which would make this a bit more reasonable considering the mileage...I think we could possibly add that as a route up the angel. It's around 8.6 miles roundtrip.
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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:57 pm

If you have some good photos during the approach and an accurate GPS track line, I could integrate that approach into the same route. If not, I'll probably just hike from that campground this summer so I can get the details. Thanks!

I was actually glad we used the standard TH last week because we had great, solid snow all the way up to tree line. I was worried that the campground approach wouldn't have continuous snow.
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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby Carl » Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:08 pm

Nice one Bill.

I was worried that the campground approach wouldn't have continuous snow.


Bingo. A lot less snow than last week too. Continuous "ski" of the Angel required side stepping patches of dirt (I didn't, USAKeller may have). Here is a picture of my friend (barely visible in the distance) hiking back to the campground yesterday. Not quite enough snow to ski huh.

ajkagy, was it really only 8.6 miles? Would have thought our extra jaunt on dry land added 1.5 to 2 miles each way to the standard route. Regardless, I had fun.
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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby colorado yooper » Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:12 pm

Are you allowed to drive a snowmobile on the Colorado Trail? Saw some tracks today from the trailhead to the turn off to go up to Shavano. Just wondering.

Snow on the Angel was OK today fast turns although the extra 2.75 miles each way made it a bitch. Had a bit of a route finding SNAFU on the way down bu all are accounted for.

Thanks for adding the route.
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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby hamerhokie » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:01 am

That 'angel' looks more like a 'pterodactyl' to me...

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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby gdthomas » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:48 am

hamerhokie wrote:That 'angel' looks more like a 'pterodactyl' to me...


... or the "Grinch"

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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:55 am

The Grinch, you say...

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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby rijaca » Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:05 am

The Gumby of Shavano, I say!
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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby shanahan96 » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:03 am

BillMiddlebrook wrote:I was actually glad we used the standard TH last week


i'm assuming you're talking about the blank gulch trailhead, yes? were you able to drive all the way to this trailhead yet or did you use the snowmobile?

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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:12 am

You bet. In 2006, the Forest Service renamed the standard Blank Cabin TH to the "Shavano/Tabeguache" TH.
We parked at the snow closure about 3.75 miles from the TH and rode the sleds in. The last couple of miles had deep snow that I expect wont be open for some time.
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Re: Angel of Shavano Route ADDED

Postby USAKeller » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:11 am

Great route description, Bill. You should have definitely checked out the Angel of Shavano trail though (before we went!). It might have made finding our way a little easier! :P I certainly would have liked to have continuous snow as you guys did on the standard route, especially on the way back. It beats the hell we went through on the Angel trail. One day I'll have the snowmobile luxury! My skis are wrecked!
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