Peak:  Mt. Shavano (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  irregulargalaxies
 Date of Info:  06/18/2011
 Date Posted:  06/20/2011

Climbed Shavano from Blank Gulch trailhead, starting at 4:30am. Summited at 9, back at the trailhead by 12:30. About 30 people on the mountain on a Saturday (full TH parking lot), including a few snow climbers coming up the angel.

There are still 4-5 patches of snow between treeline and the 13,400 ft. saddle. However, all the snow patches are only a few dozen yards long, and do not require spikes, snowshoes, or winter gear of any kind. They could technically be avoided if you wanted to bushwhack around, but the kicked-in steps were very solid early in the morning and its easiest to just go over. Route to Tabeguache also looks clear and snow-free, although we didn't attempt it.

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