Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Date Posted:  06/28/2010
Date Climbed:   06/26/2010
Author:  14erfeen
 I met the Angel of Shavano....she was beautiful  

John, Chadd, and I hit the TH just after 7 am with a nice warm morning and a fairly inoccupied trail. The trail up to tree line has been one of the best 14er trails I've hiked so far. Plenty of aspens, awesome campsite, and a very slow and steady incline.

We hit treeline early and then started around the mountain to reach the Angel of Shavano. The snow had melted a bit of her away but the image was easy to imagine. I really wanted to glissade on the way back but couldn't bring myself to it.

At the top of the Angel was the main incline to Mt. Shavano. Slow and steady pace wins the race....we charged up to eat morning lunch and hit Tab before the legs went weak.

Tabeguache's ascent was not so clear and had a good amount of snow covering the main trail. We stayed along the snow as much as possible to avoid any major damage to the mountain.

The one thing we did not consider was having to resummit Shavano to get home....essentially making three summits for the day. And good grief, it took every bit of energy to get to the top of a mountain you've already summitted. Once down and at the top of the Angel is a nice downhill hike to the parking lot.

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 Comments or Questions

Angel Conditions?
06/29/2010 03:54
I didn‘t expect the angel to still be in this late. Is it in enough to still be climbable? Do you think there‘s enough snow for it to stay that way another week?


06/29/2010 17:28
There isn‘t much of the Angel left - not enough to be worth climbing - it is possible to glissade down and then bushwhack through the trees back down to the trailhead, but probably more effort than its worth


07/06/2010 17:41
Great report ( and great wildflower pics). This duo has been on my radar for over a year now. Do you have recommendations for camping? Where do most people camp along this hike? Thanks!


07/06/2010 22:03
There is plenty of camping along the TH and a few sites you can pack in to. There‘s plenty of spots and it is a beautiful place to spend a weekend! Enjoy.

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