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|2014-06-28||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: drive was all clear 2wd. standard trail was all clear up to where we turned off for the angel at about 11000. it stayed dry most of tgre way thru the basin approaching the angel. some spotty snow fields. the angel was great fun, we hit the angel about 845 and the sun was high. the snow was starting to soften up. we used yaktrax/micro spikes and gaitors with an ice axe. as the snow softened up traction improved for us,but we did talk with a group who hit the angel at 700 and used crampons and had ice axes. the angel will definitely be available for another week maybe more but the snow is melting fast. we glissaided all the way down the angel and it was awesome.
|2014-06-21||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summer conditions all the way to the summit. No snow on the route.
|2014-06-14||Route: East Slopes
Info: Hiked up Shavano and Tabeguache yesterday. The trail is in good shape until shortly before treeline where there are a number of snow drifts covering the trail. However, the path through the snow has been packed down and easy to cross. I saw one person booting up the Angel during my hike. The southern most wing is still in while the northern wing is largely melted. From the Angel to the saddle and then the approach to the summit the wind was horrible yesterday. I was glad I packed some cold weather gear because the wind was very cold early in the morning. Later in the day after coming back from Tabegauche it was still windy, but not as bad as early in the morning and not as cold.
|2014-06-12||Route: East Slopes
Info: Mount Shavano has a clear approach up until around 11,000 ft. Small patches of snow from there up until the saddle but nothing your boots can‘t handle. No snow encountered again until climbing Tabeguache. Fairly straightforward snow ridge up until the summit. Get out no later than 6:00 because these two take some time!
|2014-06-10||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: My husband and I climbed the route today and the conditions were great. We started up the angel at 6:45 a.m. with crampons and ice axes. The snow was bulletproof and it would have been a bit sketchy to ascend without these tools. The north arm and head of the angel are gone, but the south arm was in good shape and took us almost to the saddle. When we glissaded the angel around noon, the snow had softened up quite a bit on the arm. I actually had to push myself along to keep moving as the slushy snow would pile up in front of me. However, on the steeper portion of the angel below the arms, there was just an inch or two of soft snow over the bulletproof layer. I really had to dig my ice axe in to control my speed. I would not have wanted to attempt glissading this part with trekking poles.
|2014-06-07||Route: East Slopes
Info: Reached bottom of Angel around 8:30am, bootpack next to glissade track in center. Snow was great, my partner booted up with trekking poles, I used crampons and ice axe. North arm of Angel is gone, head is decapitated, went up other arm, also good snow. To Tabeguache via saddle, snow on upper half of ascent to Tabeguache with short snow ridge that looked epic when you were on it, bootpack set in. Glissading down Angel was a cruise once I got into the glissade track, built up snow helped control speed, barely used ice axe.
|2014-06-01||Route: Up the East slope down the Angel
Info: Great (long) day on Shav and Tab! Almost no snow on the trail before the turn off to the Angel (which we missed) after that there is one large snowfield to cross. This snow was solid in the morning (around 8am) and traction was very helpful. It was very difficult to locate the trail in this portion, so we just kept left and eventually saw the Angel and main trail. There was very little snow on the Angel‘s arm above the intersection with the main trail on Shavano. The ridge down Shavano towards Tab was nearly snow free, but the trail up Tab was snow covered. Traction was also helpful here. We glissaded the Angel back to the main trail. The snow was a bit slushy but felt safe (even in the late afternoon) and an ice ax was helpful for controlling speed. The route (if there was one) back to the main trail was covered in fallen trees. We broke trail aiming northeast to eventually meet up with the standard route. We carried, but did not use snowshoes. Somehow this hike took us nearly 13 hours. *****We lost a pair of black plastic MSR snowshoes (borrowed from a friend!) on the glissade down the Angel (on the north side). It would be so wonderful if anyone finds those! *** Thanks!
|2014-05-26||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Road to trailhead is clear and can be reached by 2WD. Almost snow free till flat area at 10700. Continous snow from flats. Snowshoes needed from late morning. Snowshoe tracks are good till 11200.beyond that there are several tracks. Use route finding skills or gpsto reach basin. We turned around at this point.
|2014-05-19||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: 252 is completely free of snow and is in good condition. The trail is almost completely dry up to 11,000 where the trail flattens out. From here on, there are patches of snow all the way to treeline that we were able to hike in boots with the exception of a few post-holes. Above treeline the sun has warmed the snow enough to make for sturdy hiking with crampons. On the descent, snow was ~continuous from the summit to treeline with one mandatory hike to connect between patches of snow.
|2014-05-07||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Going up - get out of the trees and to the base ASAP. Going up there is still a lot of snow that crampons would make traveling easier. There is snow on the peak but it can be easily avoided by going to the left. Going down - stay out of the trees as long as you can. Even with that route finding will be difficult - snow shoes needed/advised. I took 520A to the TH.
|2014-05-04||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Turned back due to high wind at the torso of the Angel, but the snow conditions above treeline were good. Below treeline, you will definitely want floatation (though there is not 100% coverage through the forest, so you will be on rocks and dirt in your snowshoes for a few 100ft. stretches).
|2014-04-25||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: We climbed Mt. Shavano today. It was a grueling yet very fun hike. We were able to make it all the way to the trailhead by taking a right at the fork (not a left like the description states). There was some snow on this road but not much. Right from the start of the trail there are patches of snow but if you start early you can stay on top of the crust. We didn‘t put on any flotation until the Angel because we wanted to utilize our heel lifters. One could still ski down the Angel but it‘s suggested to go straight up the head, not to the arms because the snow is getting sparse. We were able to hike without flotation or spikes from the head until about 14,000 then we put flotation back on for the very top because of deep snow. Going up was slow through the angel due to its steepness. Coming down the angel was a blast as we glissaded a very long way. It was 2pm by the time we got to the bottom of the angel which made things rough until the end as we were post holing with or without flotation. The last mile was brutal with thigh deep snow that just fell apart below us. If you can, get off the mountain early or else plan to spend a lot of time falling through the snow.
|2014-04-10||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Climbed and skied the Angel today. Today you could skin all the way to the summit via the right arm (climber‘s right) and the east ridge. It was getting pretty thin in places and that won‘t last long. The corn window was very short with these warm temperatures and sunshine.It was over by noon. The trip back through the woods below 11,200 was diabolical. I was post holing with skis on.
|2014-03-16||Route: East Slopes
Info: Isothermal snowpack, aka spring snow conditions. Not much snow above 12k . After solid overnight freeze (19 F at the TH in the morning) the suncrust supported my weight on the way up for the most part, with only occasional punch through. Not so much in the evening, given warm temps. So I ended up installing the snowshoe track on the way down, kind of interesting. Route: East Slopes up (standard summer), glissaded Angel down. One can possibly piece together a summit ski descent (only right arm is somewhat connects to the upper slopes), but be prepared for many rocks and thin conditions. 1. Angel from East Slopes 2. Tab as seen from UN13,712 3. Ridge to Shavano (mostly dry) 4. Angel after glissading down
|2013-11-09||Route: East Slopes
Info: Similar to the last report, were a few inches of snow in spots between 10-13k and some between rocks on the ridge between Shav and Tab, then larger fields of snow along Tab‘s ridge (would have been good to put on gaiters as there as snow is up to 2‘ deep) but is avoidable if take an alternative, steeper line to Tab‘s summit.
|2013-10-26||Route: East Slopes
Info: Despite some rain and light snow Friday, the road to the trailhead remained relatively dry for Saturday. Trail through the forest had a small amount of snow in places, mud in others, but dry for the most part. Above treeline and towards the saddle the amount of snow increased but did not need any traction devices. Up to the summit the snow was still manageable, but care must be taken not to fall between the rocks on what may look like a solid patch of snow. A pair of trekking poles and some gaiters would be very helpful. I did not traverse to tabeguacge but my friend did. He said the snow became very deep in places (waist high) and it was overall a much more difficult journey to gain the summit of tabeguache.
|2013-10-19||Route: East Slopes
Info: No snow to reach parking lot and then maybe an inch through the woods up to tree line. Deeper snow that required traction in photo 20 from the route description as you approach 13,000. Increasing levels of snow hidden in the talus as you approach the summit, but most could be avoided by sticking to the rocks. The traverse over to Tabegauche became increasingly snowy with reaching its summit requiring going through deep snow at points. Overall a tough outing given the consistently very high winds above 13,000‘ 1st picture is of Shavano summit and the 2nd and 3rd are of Tabegauche
|2013-10-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: Looks like virtually no snow on Shav & Tab as seen from Antero today.
|2013-09-28||Route: Angel of Shavano
Info: Driving by on Friday the Angel has some snow in it.
|2013-09-18||Route: East Slopes
Info: Route is in good shape despite all the rain. You can keep your feet dry the entire route. Weather forecasting was way off today. I think with the monsoon weather we have had, you can expect rain everyday. There was only a 20% chance today with winds 20G30 and we had rain/hail/snow all day and winds over 60-70 in the pass above the angel. Did not make it to Tabuache due to low visibility, snow and winds.