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|2015-06-21||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Trail was clear besides the stream which ran across a portion of it. The Angel still has decent snow cover, skinned up most of it and climbed the steepest portions without flotation or traction. Avoidable snow near the summit, not quite enough to ski from the top.
|2015-06-21||Route: East Slopes
Info: Started at Blank Gulch trailhead at about 5:30am on Sunday. Moderate crowd, maybe 50 people. I had camped overnight just past the trailhead in the dispersed camping, about .25 miles from the trailhead. Trail is completely dry until the tree-line, although a stream does flow over a small portion. There is still a dry trail next to it. Once you leave the trees, there are two short snow crossings. I used trekking poles here but not microspikes. Both could be useful but are not required. After continuing up the talus slope you will come to the Angel of Shavano. It still has a good amoutn of snow, although the coverage seemed shallow. Many people crossed and continued on the normal route, which is dry except for about a 50-100 yard crossing of the Angel. The trail from the saddle is dry, and there are just a couple little fields of snow at the top that you need to cross to reach the summit. Follow the boot-pack and you shouldn‘t post-hole. I didn‘t posthole all day. When I reached the Angel, I put on my micro-spikes and used those and my ice axe to head straight up to the final pitch. Easy snow climb, but spikes or an axe are probably required. You would slide a long way if you got going before you could arrest. Trail up Tabeguache was snow-covered still and I did not continue to do the double. On the way back down Shavano, I practiced a short glissade near the top (only do this if you have an ice axe!), then walked across the dry saddle to reach the southern-entry of the Angel of Shavano. I glissaded down in shorts, and it was excellent. The snow was slushy by this time, about 10:30am, but I still got decent speed, enough to only need to push at the top. You can take the glissade all the way to the bottom. Then just hike down the gully until you reach a huge barrier of dead-fall. Then work your way left (north, northwest), until you reach a talus field in some aspens. Continue down the side of that field always moving left when you can, and you will bump back into the main trail. Glissading the Angel saved me at least an hour and was really fun. Only do it if you have an ice axe!
|2015-06-20||Route: East Slopes
Info: Went up Saturday 6/20. Route is surprisingly snow-free. A few very short snowfields to cross. Running shoes were fine, no axe or traction needed.
|2015-06-20||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Skied the Angel of Shavano. Starts about 150 vertical feet above treeline. The climber‘s left arm of the Angel goes much further than the head or other arm, and you can negotiate snow patches up to Shavano‘s south ridge. From there it is possible to traverse to the east ridge which is holding a lot of snow, but you have to cross several rock bands and patches...your skis will definitely take some hits. We pushed through it regardless. There is no snow the last 50 vertical feet, we carried skis to the summit. I think it may still be doable next weekend but the rocky section could be a nightmare judging by how fast things are melting. We got some awesome turns on the east ridge and then down the arm of the angel.
|2015-06-18||Route: East Slopes
Info: Did Shav/Tab on 6/18. Acended Standard route and descended down the angel in an awesome glissade. Damn near summer conditions on the way up the standard route. Most snow is avoidable on Shav. Consistent snow from the saddle all the way up Tabeguache. The angel is melting out in a hurry with 85 degree temps in Salida area the past 3 days. https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10888808_854299297982267_478576670317874188_n.jpg?oh=fb3e412c0a78395647b97cfa39752244&oe=5630D57B https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/11401265_854299734648890_7372565202348710069_n.jpg?oh=5af29e4e191453c038ff2c6cbbf35290&oe=55F147B7 https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/11407234_854299744648889_2702141635719962478_n.jpg?oh=e213978a60c5009ee0133ee09a92b300&oe=55ED9DF2 https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/11406779_854299414648922_4360245968853492171_n.jpg?oh=d045d1b1d9206052ab850714bfbd8cc4&oe=562966F8
|2015-06-17||Route: East Slopes
Info: I camped up just outside the trail head parking lot the night before and got an early start around 5 AM. There are a lot of fallen trees close to the trail head. Not much to report beyond that until you hit the treeline. Above treeline you‘ll still find a substantial amount of snow, most of which covers the trail, so you‘ll find footprints all over the place simply making a line for the summit. In the morning, most of the snow was frozen solid, if you‘re going early, I suggest bringing microspikes. Once I made the summit, nearly simultaneously with another gentleman in running gear (Shorts, camelbak, trekking poles), The postholing started. We introduced ourselves and as soon as I shook his hand, I sank straight to my knees. I had lunch and headed down. All of the snow at that point was the consistency of an Icee. Very soft, very prone to slips. Two quick notes: -While running away from a beehive I stumbled upon off the trail while resting, I grabbed my pack but left my one mountainsmith trekking pole. If you find it and want it, it‘s yours. I‘m getting a new pair tomorrow anyway. -This was my first summit of a 14er. Fun stuff. As always, let me know what if any questions you have. -Joe
|2015-06-14||Route: East Slopes
Info: Surprisingly little snow on the standard summer route. No snow to about 12.5k. After that snow is either avoidable or manageable. Follow the existing bootbacks and rocks from 13k to the summit. My friend made it to the summit in trail runners. Not necessarily recommend that, waterproof boots and probably gaitors would be helpful above 13k. Saw plenty of people make summit without any special gear. Ridge to Tab is mostly dry, but there‘s snow from saddle to Tab.
|2015-06-03||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Can drive to TH w/o running into snow. I snow shoed and my friend skinned to summit. Note, snow is not continuous until after getting above tree line so skinning was not practical until that point. Took Angel‘s East arm to the East Ridge. Reached summit just before 11AM and great skiing for over 2000 ft vertical, starting from the summit. I glissaded down a good portion of East Ridge and the Angel (used a track that others have started). The trail below tree line has lots of downed trees making it tricky to carry skis up, but ran into some crew who are just starting some trail maintenance and clean up.
|2015-05-30||Route: East Slopes
Info: Standard summer route is impossible to follow. Ended up going up the east ridge to point 13,612 and glissaded down the east arm of the angel. Lots of slide activity coming off the north face of the ridge to the west of the angel. Lots of waist deep snow up there, and with warmer temps the next few days, you can expect to posthole up to your knees and hips in places even with floatation. Snow starts at about 10,200. Regardless, it‘s beautiful up there.
|2015-05-22||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Snowline is just below the trailhead. We hiked the first mile or so in thin snow and then transitioned to skis while still in the forest. The trail is easy to follow since several parties have been in there. There is solid snow cover all the way to the top. We were able to carve turns directly off the summit with little worry of hitting rocks. I have never seen the upper section so well filled in. Now is a good opportunity to ski this one!
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|2015-05-17||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: I fully intended to get a predawn start and bag Shavano and Tabaguache, but it turns out the Salida locals are pretty fun to drink (a whole lot) with. So, plan be damned, I didn‘t wind up hitting the main trailhead until about 11:30 with a massive hangover. No big deal. The weather was incredible - warm and calm all day. I had to dawn the snowshoes at about 10,800 ft. and wore them the rest of the way. This route would‘ve been impossible without flotation. Snow conditions in the "Angel" during the afternoon were amazing, corny goodness. Crossed paths with a couple skiers who were having a blast and made me super jealous. I summited with just enough daylight left to mount what has to be the most epic 2,700-vertical-foot ass glissade ever from the Shavano summit. The sun had moved to the backside of the mountain and snow re-froze, making the slide down just on the edge of terrifying/awesome and putting my self-arrest skills to the test. All in all, I‘d say this was a perfect spring day in the Southern Sawatch. The snow is amazing and will be in for great skiing for some time to come. Also, some of the coolest views were looking out towards northeast and seeing all the storms that hammered the Front Range.
|2015-05-16||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Hiked Angel of Shavano Saturday May 16, road was dry all the way to the trailhead, snow in nearly perfect condition, best I‘ve ever experienced, solid with very little post holing, 6" of powder above 13k. A little too much powder to glissade as much or as fast as hoped. Plenty of skiers this day. Was supposed to snow 3-5" today but we had sun all day.
|2015-03-29||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Used the Angel to summit Mt. Shavano on Sunday, starting from the Angel of Shavano TH. The Angel is in fair shape. The body and head and left arm are solid, but the right arm does not extend to the East Ridge, so it does not aid you in gaining that ridge leading to the summit. The Ascent: There is snow in the trees between the AoS TH and the Shav/Tab TH. I easily walked over that snow in the early morning. After the turn up towards Shavano, snow is persistent from ~10,200‘ to the apron under the Angel. There is a solid trail that has been packed in and is easy to follow. I used microspikes to cover this ground, since the snow was still solid in the morning. I skinned up the body of the Angel and went straight up where the snow ended at her head, which is at ~13,300‘. From there, I hiked up to the South Ridge on foot, gained the faint trail on that ridge, and went up to the summit. The Descent: I hiked back down to where the snow was persistent at the top of the Angel, and rode down from 13,300‘ to 11,300‘. The snow was soft and easy to turn in and no issue with rocks to avoid. At 11,300‘ the snow was very soft and I switched over to snowshoes for the hike down. I don‘t think skinning down the soft snow would have been fun or helpful, as a previous conditions report stated. Gear (in order of use): Winter Hiking Boots Poles Microspikes Splitboard & Skins Snowboard Boots Snowshoes
|2015-03-23||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: I attempted the Angel using skis and wish I had chosen snowshoes. I started at the Angel of Shavano TH and boot packed to the Shav/Tab TH (mostly mud, dirt, and patches of snow). I had to continue boot packing for at least another quarter mile past the Shav/Tab TH before I could put skis on, and then had to switch back to boots several times to cross patches of mud and rock. Once to 11,300‘ feet the current trench negotiates several downed trees. I ended up turning around at treeline - it took me much longer than expected to get to that point and the winds had started to gust. Snow conditions below treeline were pretty icy on the way up and by late morning it was still pretty icy, although starting to soften up where the sun was shining. All of the recent tracks I saw were from snowshoes. The only ski tracks looked like they were at least a week old - based on the amount of melting and that some of the tracks crossed areas that were now melted out to dirt and rocks. The arm of the Angel that goes to the East Ridge (climber‘s right) does not go all the way to the ridge. The East Ridge itself looked pretty dry. It looked like snow was continuous to the South Ridge from the Angel. I couldn‘t tell how much snow the was on the ridge itself.
|2015-01-18||Route: East Slopes
Info: Conditions are pretty good. Boot pack from Angel of Shavano TH to angel cutoff. Trench to treeline. Not much snow to speak of above there. Even mostly dry heading up Tab. Very windy.
|2014-12-30||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trench to 11,700 from Angel of Shavano campground/TH. The recent upslope storm dropped a bit more snow on Shavano than normal (typically in the rain shadow of the continental divide). Summer trail was easy to follow since someone has flagged the route with bright orange tape. The lower section of the trail was maybe 12" trench but closer to treeline was knee deep. Numerous collapses near treeline, fortunately I was not on any steep slopes; be careful of avy danger if you head up there. Was planning on trenching to treeline but stopped a little short due to the late hour. Original plan was summit attempt on Dec 31 (next day), but with the forecasted -35 wind chill maybe bump to Jan 1.
|2014-12-07||Route: East Slopes
Info: Snow is present below treeline, but not enough to require snowshoes. Microspikes could help in some areas, although you‘d probably just wear down the edges of the spikes due to the lack of continual snow. Some post-holing, but not enough to make it a s--tty day on the mountain. At one point during the switchbacks right before you hit treeline there seems to be a split in the boot-packed trail. Some hikers cut up the side of the hill and went off trail, while we stayed on the actual trail the best we could, as it was definitely hard to follow because of the snow. We only ran into one other person all day, a female hiker who was heading in the direction of the shortcut. Once you hit the saddle you can cruise up the last half mile free of snow and ice! Perfect weather and great conditions! Is it December?!
|2014-10-31||Route: East Slopes
Info: Route dry up to about 13,500 where there are some shallow snow patches. They aren‘t deep and could be easily avoided or walked on. Summit has snow, but nothing that miscrospikes can‘t handle. Snow is deeper between rocks. Could mostly boulder hop when summiting if you wanted.
|2014-10-27||Route: East Slopes
Info: Climbed Shavano on Monday, October 27. Dusting of snow in forest. A few snow patches on trail around 13,000‘. Ankle deep patches between rocks near summit. Microspikes helpful but not needed. Incredibly windy above treeline especially at saddle. Probably should have turned around. Constantly blown over. Lost ice axe near summit. Reward! See Lost and found forum for info.
|2014-10-24||Route: East Slopes
Info: No traction needed. Trail is dry all the way to the "angel" and even there you can bypass a lot of the snow if you want. Plenty of tracks to follow in the snow if you choose to do that. Near the summit if Shavano there is some ankle-deep snow but is well-tracked and you can boulder-hop much of it. The last bit up to the summit of Tab is probably a bit worse--you‘ll have to cross some snow patches here and there, but I was fine doing it with no gaiters and traction isn‘t really necessary. The ridge from Shav down to the Shav-Tab saddle is fine--probably best to stay on the eastern side where you can see bits of trail. Caveat: This report is only valid until the next snowfall! As usual, I will have a full report and pictures up on my website in a day or so: www.danieljoderphotography.com P.S. There were a half dozen very thin spirals of smoke still visible from the prescribed burn in the area, but you had to look for them. They didn‘t affect the perfect blue sky in any way.