Peak:  Mt. Shavano (14er)
 Route:  Angel of Shavano
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  flintster
 Date of Info:  04/29/2012
 Date Posted:  04/29/2012

Road to trailhead in good shape, no issues.

Patches of snow start ~11000 but nothing is an issue. Angel was in good shape, little icy for a butt-hurt glissade down. Very close to summer up there. Very close.

BTW ---> 10500-11500 is like a war zone. There is no trail, there isn't even a resemblance of a trail. Read some reports of "down trees" but totally underestimated what that meant. There is a several square mile area where many thousands of 2ft+ trunk diameter trees have fallen and taken everything down with them. Imagine a jenga game fell over and it is like that everywhere. Some piles of trees are > 10 ft tall. You can climb over them, crawl under them, bushwhack through them, it is a friggin' maze. You could not pay me to go back w/o my gps. And I wouldn't even consider doing it in the dark! I would bet it won't be cleaned up in the next couple of months. It was kinda fun but each time through the down trees (~1 mile) took an unexpected 1.5 hours and you better have gloves and long pants/long sleeves!

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