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Shavano/Tabeguache Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Shavano, Tabeguache Peak
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  On U.S. 285, one mile north of the U.S. 50 and U.S. 285 junction near Poncha Springs, turn west on County Road (CR) 140. This turn is about 21 miles south of Buena Vista, and across the highway from the entrance to the Salida airport. On CR 140, drive 1.7 miles and turn right on CR 250. Drive 4 miles to a "Y" junction. CR 250 goes right and Forest Road (FR) 252 starts on the left. Stay left on FR 252 and continue 2.9 miles to another small junction near a cattle guard. Cross the cattle guard and drive 0.2 miles to the Shavano+Tabeguache trailhead. The old Blank Cabin trailhead is now closed and gated. The trail starts behind the restroom, travels through the forest, and intersects the Colorado Trail near the old Blank Cabin trailhead.
Winter Access:  Usually closed many miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2012-11-05 Road is still clear and completely passable by passenger car. It is a bit bumpy though so take it slow. Be aware that the hunters hurrying up and down the road in their trucks don‘t run into you... bhollamby         
2012-10-05 The road is bumpy (washboarded) but easily passable in any vehicle. There are bathrooms at the TH. They are in pretty good shape too. Nice walk up part of the Colorado trail with the Aspen leaves on the ground. wincoder         
2012-09-15 Took a Toyota Corolla to this trailhead no problem. Some washboarded areas, large rocks, but if you just use common sense and drive carefully, any passenger car can reach it just fine. barryfagin         
2012-09-08 Was able to make it all the way up to the trail head in a small passenger car. There are a few sections of washboard and a few other areas of decent size rocks to avoid but overall is in good shape. michaelgrundy         
2012-08-27 I was able to drive a Toyota Yaris all the way to the Blank Gulch TH. Easily passable with any car that is able to drive on semi-rough roads. The road is rocky, and has some wash boarding in a few places. You will have to drive over some cattle barriers along the way. The trail up is very rocky and rugged, and signed very well. I think I was on the East Slopes Trail. Not sure... There where a lot of blown down tree‘s on the trail, but they have all been cleared off. bking14ers         
2012-06-03 The road to the trailhead is dry and in good condition. Passenger cars should be able to make it to the trailhead without problem. The trail up Shavano is free of snow and downed trees. There‘s very little snow in the Angel. We did not do the traverse to Tabeguache so cannot report on conditions, but it looked pretty dry also. talusman    1      
2012-05-05 Road is dry all the way to the TH. Downed trees have been cut and cleared. Prius did fine so any vehicle should be good to go. FS bathroom was out of TP so be sure to pack your own. Hunter         
2012-04-02 The road in was very drivable with the exception of a large snow drift that was to large to drive through in my pickup. The drift is a little less than 2 miles from the TH. Sorry I didn‘t manage any pictures of the snow drift, but I marked the spot with my GPS and have included a google earth image so you can get a rough idea. The drift is at aproximatly 9058‘ dannyg23  1       
2012-03-23 The road is blocked by a big solid snow drift about 2 miles from the trailhead. gregpeak         
2012-03-09 The road is mostly snow packed past the 7 miles to TH sign. I was able to go about 3.5 miles from there in a jeep wrangler without too much difficulty. It took me a little over 4 miles to get to the Shav/Tab & CO Trail junction from where I parked. Dad Mike  1  2      
2011-10-31 Road to the Shavano TH was dry for the most part with a few slightly muddy spots. A couple of short spots in the shade with a bit of packed snow. Could easily drive to the TH in a passenger car. TommyF         
2011-07-09 Car camped at Shavano/Tabeguache before hiking. Added some pictures of the TH parking lot in summer. Fleischco  4       
2011-05-21 Road to TH is still clear as of 5/21. Dispersed sites are clear as well. Pic is from about second site past TH looking back to TH. Waggs  1       
2011-05-13 Clear of snow all the way to TH. thatstite         
2011-05-06 Clear to the TH Coniferite         
2011-04-30 2wd cars could make it to the TH as of Saturday April 30th. Carl         
2011-04-24 4WD still good to have. About 4 inche of snow fell overnight but was well on its way to melting by the afternoon. Otherwise open to trailhead parking. bhaydin         
2011-04-16 4wd vehicles were able to get up to the TH. Some parties choose to park below a large snow drift on the road partially blocking access. its_not_a_tuba         
2011-03-06 Still only open to the 250/252 junction. Had to hike in the +3.2 miles to the actual Shavano trailhead scholbiwan         
2011-02-12 Parked at the junction of CR 250 and FR 252 (~8800‘), 3.2 miles from TH and hoofed it from there. After having skinned it, I‘d say it‘s possible to drive at least another 0.5 mile up FR 252. maverick_manley         
2010-12-04 Sitting at the TH right now. Road is mostly dry; there are some small areas of ice and snow in the last mile, but I‘d venture to guess that most cars could probably get to the TH with careful driving. Not sure for how much longer, though! tmathews         
2010-06-27 The road is in very good condition and can easily be driven with a 2WD vehicle with a bit of care. hberry         
2010-05-15 The road to the trailhead is snow free and passable. Kevin8020         
2010-05-11 As of May 11 evening, there is a large tree down blocking passage on Chaffee 252 about 2.5 miles before the trailhead. I've contacted the forest service, but for now, you should take 250 to 250A to access the trailhead. Both Chaffee 252 and 250/250A are accessible by 2WD (except for the whole tree thing on 252). soybean56         
2010-05-02 The snowdrift on 252 has receded enough to be able to pass by it. The trailhead is open via the standard drive up 252. Barrett Cooper         

The new Shavano/Tabeguache TH. The old road to Blank Cabin is gated on right. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-14)The trailhead in February after hiking 2.5 miles from the winter closure. (Added by: CO Native on 2009-02-23)

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