|Peak:||Tabeguache Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||06/22/2012|
Trip report to come later with, hopefully, a detailed map of the route to take but we hiked Tab and Shav from Brown Lake last weekend. The hike up to Brown Lake is in good shape until about mile 4.0 when the downed trees take over. It becomes a devastating wasteland for another 1.5 miles of the trail. At that first intersection of downed trees, my suggestion is to take a right along a faint trail...follow this for about .25 mile before the trail/path fades away. You may find the trail again but not for long. My suggestion is that at whatever point you choose, head north toward the upper side of the valley and pick your way west until you reach mile 5.5 and then head back down to find the trail. You can find your way through pretty well if you stay high in the valley. The last .5 mile to the lake is clear. Trust me in that you probably don't want to attempt to follow the trail through the downed trees as we did the first go around...it's a nightmare and certainly not suggested if you have a dog. Though our dog, a 70lb goldendoodle did okay, other smaller ones may not in the places they have no choice but to go up and over downed trees.
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