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|2016-07-18||Route: West Ridge
Info: My group got a late start from the West Ridge TH, but knocked out 1,000 vertical in the first mile or so. It's a very beautiful valley/meadow once out of tree line, and there was not another soul in the willows. The route finding can be a little challenging at times, but if you follow 14ers directions you'll be golden. I was leading the pack through the meadow along the talus field, but I didn't realize the other four of my party went left of Jennings creek for a short section. Don't do this, as it's a pain in the arse to cross with all the tall bushes surrounding the creek. We lost the trail once we were above the willows area, but it was pretty easy to see where the trail was headed. Right up to the short, but steep ascent up the saddle. Once up there we could locate point 13,936. The hike up to it was a bit of grind, especially with the howling, 40-50 mph winds knocking us over from time to time. The wind was the worst part of it. Two of us kept going without stopping for rest because at that point we were over this part of the climb. Onto the second false summit! Basically just standard steep sections with lots of scrambling to the top. Except, the friend I was following went up below the ridge crest. It made sense based on the section with the finger shaped rocks blocking our path. The pictures on here don't do it justice. With that said, there were a couple moves that required concentration. Once where I had to drop onto the path/trail, and another when scrambling to the top in my final ascent. For my skill level, I was a bit nervous in both accounts. I'd say they were more a difficult class 2 or even easy class 3 moves. I was relieved everyone of my party made it up without incident. Only two of us went on to summit Shavano. More of the same steep areas on the way up along with the huge gusts of wind. It was easy and long on our descent to the Shavano TH. Great day with just the right amount of scary! I highly recommend taking the West Ridge route over the standard one.
|2016-07-16||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Left Shavano summit at 1050. After getting down to the saddle, trail going up to Tab is a little hard to follow but not bad. Going up is rocky, big steps and good balance. A few patches of snow remain but completely avoidable. A quick trip to do the combo. Having to basically summit Shavano twice is the only downside. Of the couple dozen people on Shavano, only a handful of them did the combo which was nice to have them well ahead of us on the way back.
|2016-06-29||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Came over from Shavano (see that conditions report). Left Shavano at 8am. Summitted just before 9am. Left just after 9am. Got back to Shavano at 10. There is a large snow field along the ridge just below the summit (its clearly seen from Shavano and the saddle). There is a completely snow-free route on either the left or right side. Going right (above it) (what I did) is a little steeper, but a little shorter. Pick your poison and choose either side of the snow field. Snow equipment is absolutely not necessary.
|2016-06-27||Route: West Ridge
Info: Hiked the west ridge route up Tab yesterday. Route is 99% clear and dry except a couple of snow patches that are easily traversed. No traction or flotation needed at all. If you have a decent 4wd, this is a great alternative to the standard route up Shavano. We didn't see a single person the entire hike until we popped up near the summit - on a Sunday.
|2016-06-23||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Summer conditions on Shavano. We left the trailhead at 4AM and were on top by 8:15ish. Crossed over to Tabeguache in a little over an hour. No crossing of snow necessary except three steps in the saddle which are probably melted by now. There is a long snowfield on the ridge of Tabeguache but it's easily avoidable unless you want to walk in the snow. So all clear but the afternoon storms. Make sure to leave 2-3 hours to get to Tabeguache and then back to Shavano before you go for the double.
|2016-06-20||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Started at 4:00, summitted Mount Shavano by 8:00. After a break, summitted Tabeguache Peak at 10:30. By then the clouds were already forming fast. There is so snow from the saddle going up Tabeguache, but you can get through it without any gear, and probably avoid most of it. We had ice axes and microspikes so we just climbed straight up the snow, but the gear could have been been overkill.
|2016-06-12||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: It's clear and dry on the descent from Shavano to the Shavano-Tabeguache saddle. However, there is plenty of snow remaining between the saddle and the Tabeguache summit. The first crossing in the picture resulted in deep postholing, but it was short enough that it wasn't a huge issue. The remainder of the snow was somewhat more solid. A glissade is possible coming down the upper slopes of Tab heading back toward the saddle.
|2015-12-06||Route: West Ridge
Info: Hiked Tabeguache via the West Ridge on 12/6/15 and it was an absolutely brutal day. Put tire chains on my F150 near the Angel of Shavano Campsite and was able to drive all the way up to the Jennings Creek TH, which is marked with some yellow tape. I‘d say the snow on the road varied from 3-8 inches. There had been no recent traffic on the trail, but it was easy enough to follow. Some areas had a few inches of snow, but snow shoes weren‘t ever necessary. Once above treeline in the drainage leading to the saddle, there are some areas of fairly deep snow, but most can be avoided by staying higher up on the flanking slopes. Once you gain the saddle, the snow is minimal the rest of the way, but there is definitely enough to cause some nasty slippage when combined with the unrelenting scree field, slope angle, and raging winds that we experienced. Microspikes may be helpful, but we didn‘t ever use them. The crux of the route is at the top of the semi-exposed ridge with some mixed class 2+ to 3 climbing and just enough snow to make things a little spicy. One other thing to note is that we diverted from the standard route when approaching the saddle for a more direct line, but this did lead us across a pretty significant avalanche run out. I‘d estimate the bottom of the debris field to be at least couple hundred yards wide. It was old, but the potential for loading on the slope above on climber‘s left was very obvious. This area should be avoided if you‘re out there during adverse avalanche conditions.
|2015-10-09||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Trail was dry the whole way. There is some snow starting to collect in the shady nooks & crannies, but nothing significant. I did see some fresh cat tracks (2-3 sets, maybe a mom with her kittens) around treeline so if you are going solo be animal aware. Shavano summit took 2hr45min, reached Tabeguache at 3hr30min, and car to car took 5hr48min. Beautiful conditions, but man is that a long hike. Trail is easy to follow and is very rocky. Trip over to Tabeguache is well worth the views, just don‘t expect a good trail to follow.
|2015-09-20||Route: Passing through the area
Info: Passing through Salida, fall colors are coming out on the southern Sawatch. No snow. Monarch Pass heading to the San Juans is getting close to peak fall colors. Several walls of gold on the Salida side.
|2015-09-19||Route: West Ridge
Info: This is my 47th fourteener this summer. My goal is to climb 7 more peaks in the next couple weeks. You can read more about this hike and others at Sunshineof1985.com. Enjoy! The leaves are gorgeous right now! Distance: 16 miles with sedan, 8 miles with the help of strangers or your own 4WD! Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft. (8 miles) Time started: 8:00am End time: 4:00pm Time to Summit: 4 hours Time to Descent: 3 hours and 30 minutes Overall Pace: .9 miles per hour GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, warm hat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack (64 oz), snacks. Road Condition: Once again, 14ers.com is accurate with their recommendations. A sedan or even a SUV or truck without 4WD will not make it far on the road after the Angel of Shavano Trailhead. Trail Condition: You will have to do a lot of trail finding on this route. The route is considered “abandoned” so it is very rugged and trails will start and then disappear often making it a difficult class 2 mountain. The trail from what I hear is also consistently very windy. Be prepared for that. When you reach the hill also known as Point 13,936 go straight up it and look for a cairn at the base (made by Anne and yours truly.) You’ll weave straight up it. There are two more cairns along the way to look for to help you reach the top as easily as possible. Expect the entire ridge to be windy and jagged with rocks and barely there trails. On your return, make sure to watch for your turn back onto the long ridge leading back to Point 13,936. There is a misleading defined trail that got us off track, so I hope you avoid it.
|2015-09-12||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: From the top of Shavano it an hour and 15 minutes going out and coming back. The weather was very warm with no threat of clouds anywhere. There is not really a defined path most of the way over (except on the saddle). You will probably have to do some scrambling the last couple hundred feet before the summit and just kind of pick your own way to the top. In my opinion the views from Tab are better than Shav so if you have the time and are feeling good, it‘s worth the trip over.
|2015-07-26||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Trail is not easy to follow when ascending and descending Tabeguache. Be careful of the loose rock.
|2015-06-28||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Started at the Blank Gulch trailhead at 4:45 am. We summited Shavano around 9:15. Started hiking over to Tabeguache around 9:45 and summited it by 10:45 am. Shavano is in full summer conditions. There are currently a couple snowfields between the Shavano-Tabeguache saddle and the summit of Tabeguache. There are steps kicked into these slopes. Snoeshoes aren‘t necessary. We had microspikes and gaiters with us but they stayed in our packs the entire day.
|2015-06-28||Route: West Ridge
Info: Route is 95% clear of snow. The few snow fields remaining (4 or 5) are firm, even in late morning heat.
|2015-06-21||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Ridge line from Shavano to Tabeguache relatively clear until you hit the bottom of the saddle. Snow is firm enough to walk on but there was some postholing after 1 pm.
|2015-06-07||Route: West Ridge
Info: Trail is snow free from the road up to 11,500‘ in the basin. After that, there are some snowfields that can be walked across or skirted. Used ice axe and crampons to gain the West Ridge. Once on the ridge, the snow has melted away, and you can easily hike up to Point 13,936. After that, you will need crampons, poles and/or ice axe. The crux of the route is after the final bump in the ridge, before the Tab summit.
|2015-05-25||Route: West Ridge
Info: Snowshoes from 11,000 ft. Need Ice Axe and Crampons to navigate the ridge to the summit past Pt 13,936.
|2014-10-31||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: The saddle and ridge up to Tab is patched with snow. It‘s mostly 6" deep but there were some drifts of up to 1 ft. Spikes and Poles or an axe to test the depth would be useful. Some snow was pretty soft. Other patches harder and could be walked upon. More snow on tab summit versus Shavano, but nothing past 18" in spots. Can still boulder hop for most part. Pics show snow on the saddle, ridge, and the place on the summit where the most snow was (on a ridge, summit proper only had a little snow.
|2014-09-13||Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Info: Completely dry. Night temps were cold but not super freezing with wind chill in some areas (see below). We were able to stay on top of Tabeguache for 15+ minutes to make some hot food at 11pm, wearing a good set of base layers plus shells plus micropuff jackets & hoods. We were not wearing windproof pants. Started route at 16:30 for a night decent. Was excellent weather the entire day, so we had a mild weather ascent - most windblown was halfway up to the (first) Mt. Shavano peak until reaching the peak. The saddle and Tabeguache Peak were pretty calm conditions. Descending, lack of wind and increasing temps had us comfortably wearing base layers plus shell while moving.