|Peak:||Mt. Shavano (14er)|
|Date of Info:||09/16/2020|
No snow until after treeline. After treeline, there was snow until about 13,500'. Hard packed in the morning, slushy and slippery on the way down in the afternoon. Snow shoes were definitely not necessary, but traction was very helpful on the way down. The snow made route-finding a bit tricky between treeline and the saddle. It seems counterintuitive, but you want to cut left as you approach the saddle, and then cut back to the right (refer to photos #11, 12, & 13). Snow also covers the route in photo #15 & 16. Look for a large cairn to your left when you approach the saddle and then you can't miss the trail along the ridgeline to the summit. Minimal snow after the saddle. Summit was windy and cold, skies were very hazy. Hazy and cool on the way up (left trailhead @ 745pm), sunny and hot on the way down. Round trip (including Tabeguache) took us about 8 hours.
There was a good amount of Snow between Shavano and Tabeguache. Mostly in the saddle. Snowshoes were not necessary, but traction was very helpful.