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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    
2010-02-28 impassable at 3.25 miles now. Modified 4X4 may be able to make it to 3. mountainmicah83         
2010-02-21 Road impassable by passenger vehicle 3 miles below summer TH due to deep snow to the summer TH. A 4WD is required for the prior 2 miles to that. mountainmicah83         
2010-01-18 Snow drift blocks road about 2.5 miles before trailhead. Drift only about 100 ft. long but clearly impassable. Rest of the road to the TH is clear though. arnee05         
2009-08-18 trail head can be made in any vehicle car/truck there is camping just up the road from the TH with fire rings or you can in car camp at the TH larkinrx2         
2009-07-09 Found fiveninerzero‘s bumber and ground effects at the second big bump.....just kidding! The road is accessible for just about anything. huffy13         
2009-07-04 I made it all the way in a lowered sports car with 30 profile tires. I have about 3-4 inches of clearance. If I can do it, you can too. fiveninerzero         
2009-06-01 5/29/09 Made it to TH in ‘93 Ford Escort Wagon with little trouble. Overall, great road. Pay attention to odometer readings and follow Bill‘s directions! Johnson         
2009-05-04 Snow drift melted out - tree cut down and moved off the road. Easily passable by car. mtngoat         
2009-05-03 As of 5/2/09 the snowbank is almost completely melted out. It doesn‘t even cover half of the road, very easy to drive around and avoid altogether. All vehicles can make it to the TH. Shogun         
2009-04-26 snowbank is still present, at least 3 more weeks before the main road is passable. it is likely that you can take the right at the fork to get to Blanks Cabin. there was one truck at the TH today, I assume from taking the back route. Yikes         
2009-03-15 On 3-14, snowdrift blocks 252 at Placer Creek crossing. Tried back way (250/250A) in 4WD, but sustained snow and increasing snow depth compelled turning around ~1.5 miles from 252/250 fork. Bio Nerd         
2009-02-23 Road blocked at the Placer Creek crossing. (13S 398331mE 4270282mN WGS84) 10 foot deep drift 150 foot long. Not opening up again anytime soon. Careful approaching after a recent storm as the road down to the creek can get slick and getting down to the creek is easier than turning around and getting out. CO Native         
2008-11-23 As of 11/22 the road is completely dry to the trailhead. It‘s a bit rough in places, but I made it easily in a passenger car. jlarocco         
2008-08-26 Road to trailhead is fine, a couple of hairy waterbars though. 2WD passenger car made it fine. Placer creek campsite though is currently closed for revegitation. Some campsites across the FR252 appear to be trashed, not sure the legality of those though. But the placer creek campsite mentioned in the trailhead directions is currently closed. Jay H         
2008-07-07 Same as previous. Road is in decent shape, but watch out for the water bars, as they are considerable in size in a couple of places. covfrrider         
2008-06-06 Blank Cabin TH is entirely clear as of 5/31, and road to TH is free of snow. ShullCM         
2008-05-25 Road is now open to all vehicles all the way to the trailhead. The large snowbank on the west side of Placer Creek was shoveled clear today (one lane only). geoffirons         
2008-05-19 The alternate "right-at-the-fork" route using 250 and 250A is reportedly clear of snow. Jim Davies         
2008-04-26 Road to Blanks Cabin is still impassible due to snow. This is for both the std road and the "turn right at the fork" option (which usually melts out early). Yikes         
2008-04-15 Road still blocked by snow about 3.75 miles from the trailhead. It won‘t be long before you can get to within 2.5 miles of the TH. The remaining snow on the last couple of miles will take a while to melt out. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-06-02 Agree. Completely dry access to trailhead. 2WD no problem (though I used my Cherokee). Kojones         
2007-05-12 The road to the trailhead is completely free of snow and accessible by any 2wd vehicle drex27         
2007-03-16 I decided to jog up the road to Blanks Cabin to get an idea of road conditions. Road is getting pretty dry (probably about 95% dry). The only issues seem to be at the fork where there is about 100 yards of deeper snow (which you can probably bypass by driving in the field) and about 2 miles short of the TH there is a large snowbank where the road crosses the creek and heads up the hill (this is really deep, maybe 8' deep, and won't melt anytime soon). You can probably drive to that point in 4wd easy. I jogged up another mile beyond that and all was dry. yikes         
2007-01-04 snow is bad. I got stuck and spent the night. i have a 4 wheel drive jeep with quadratrack. it cost me $1,154.50 to get toward down. dont try it. Greg Frank         
2006-05-14 New TH is open. Large parking area and several good camping spots nearby. gprovost         

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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