|Peak:||Tabeguache Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)|
|Date of Information:||05/28/2012|
Trailhead was easy to find. No snow on the standard route below treeline, but there are 3 large downed trees over the trail. Erosion area was fine going up, but horrible going down. I‘m not sure I would recommend this route to anyone now that the standard Shavano route is cleared out again. Extremely high winds were encountered on the exposed ridges before the summit. The snow patches are entirely avoidable, and are pretty small by this point.
The trail itself is starting to fade, it‘s very easy to lose the trail once you gain the ridge proper, but it‘s hard to "get lost" if you know where you are going. Study topo maps before you go, it can be a little confusing- knowing which ridges to take. You spend a lot of time up high on this route and the talus is loose!