Mt. Shavano  
Condition Updates  
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2021-04-09, By: bmcqueen
Info: The Angel is in great condition. I started from the Angel of Shavano TH since I thought that would be a little shorter if Blank Gulch was still not accessible. Snow was supportive in the am - walked right up to the base of the Angel with no flotation. The snow was fairly firm, so I was happy with my choice of crampons over spikes. The right branch got a tad softer and it is getting tougher to stay on snow all the way to the summit (but I managed to stay on snow the whole way down aiming a bit more for the middle). I put my snowshoes on for a bit of time in the trees on the way down. Once I was close to the CO trail, I stowed them again and walked the trail out. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2021-04-02, By: RWSchaffer
Info: I walked the road to the trailhead from the intersection of CR 250 and FR 252, no traction or floatation needed. Snowshoes were useful from the trailhead to the base of the Angel. There was existing trench along much of the Mt. Shavano trail, but the trench was rapidly melting in the sun and heat; even my ascent tracks were sometimes hard to find on the descent. The body of the Angel was a mixture of hard slab and recent wind transport (photo 1). I managed to ascend it on snowshoes with heel lifts, though there were a few spots where I would have preferred crampons. An ice axe is mandatory here as the sun polished hard slab makes for a very fast glissade. I ascended the head of the Angel toward the summit. Coverage was sparse and thin (photos 2 and 3), so I eventually swapped snowshoes for spikes. Continuing on to Tabeguache, Shavano's north ridge was mostly dry (photo 4). I gained the east ridge of Tabeguache at about 14,000 feet on rocks mixed with snow (photo 5 and 6) and then crossed to the north side of the ridge's snow cap to climb to the summit on more of the same. Spikes remained useful for hard slab and for rocks made slick by melting ice and snow. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-03-28, By: paigie_42
Info: Parked at the fork where 250 and 252 split. 252 is covered in snow, but drivable with 4wd until you get to the creek crossing. On the other side of the creek is a huge snow drift blocking the road. Hiked 252 to the trailhead. Snow isn't deep, used snowshoes but that was mostly for traction. Snow is crusty on top in the morning and slushy in the afternoon. There was no trench so I broke trail the entire way. After the trailhead, snow became more powdery and fluffy. I followed the Mt. Shavano trail for a while but I got off somewhere because I don't have GPS. I was just using a compass to head in the general direction. Almost made it to tree line before turning back. It is a long approach in the winter! Good luck if you attempt this in the next couple weeks!! 
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Route: East Ridge Direct
Posted On: 2021-03-14, By: Randy1983
Info: Parked 2.5 miles away from the summer TH on 252. Trekked in under cloudy skies and freezing fog. Road was more or less clear with a boot track. Minor trench/boot track after the TH to the turn off of the CT. Put snow shoes on around 10800. Tried to follow the previous but already buried trench/skin track. Broke off summer route at 11800 and stashed snow shoes at 12400. Took a long think about trying for Tab but the storm became much worse when I reached the summit. Snow kept getting worse and had to check Gaia tons of times to make sure I was on route due to near zero viz. The retrench I had done in the morning was gone with 4+ inches of powder, so reretrenched the way back. Didn't end up taking snow shoes off till I was back at the car. Trench will be gone for sure with how much was coming down. Skiers, I did try to leave the skin track in tact as much as possible. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-03-01, By: wintersage
Info: Started 1.5 mi from the summer trailhead. Existing trench was easy to follow until 11300' when it and any footprints disappeared under fresh, deep snow. Relentless postholing from there until treeline. Some avy problem areas still exist and I chose to gain the rocky east shoulder to Shavano to avoid it, as detailed in RobLowe's recent Tabeguache report. Above tree line it's all rocky, with sections of trapdoor snow right before the summit 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-08, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Bootable trench to start of steep snow above 11k. Flotation highly recommended from there to treeline, unless you either really like knee-deep postholing for 1000 vertical feet and/or jacked up your ankle juuuust enough that you don't want to risk attaching the weight of a snowshoe to it. Seems worth noting that two of the four of us who were on the mountain yesterday found it easier to plunge-step back down the steep snow section without snowshoes, however. Stuck to ridgeline for the remainder of route to summit. Snow not completely avoidable, but could stick to rock enough to avoid needing traction. This route does have more loose rock than the standard summer trail; watch your step. Did not continue to Tab due to wind gusts significantly stronger than forecasted (partner's reason) and lingering exhaustion/general weakness of character following Princeton on Monday (my reason). 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-30, By: Will_E
Info: I was able to get to 3.2 miles from the TH. Something made it all the way (see pic of parking area), but it didn't take the normal road, it had no fresh tracks on it. The trench is back in until next storm, I was in snowshoes until well past tree line. From there I didn't use any traction. After summitting Shavano and Tabs, I took the bypass below Shavano. Big mistake, initially I could rock skip, but it turned into the biggest mess of postholing and trap door snow ever. Should have just gone back over Shavano. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-08, By: This Guy
Info: Most of the trail is packed to about 3" but a lot is still simply exposed rock. Up to about 14" in some drifts and off trail. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-28, By: emself
Info: About 4-5" of fresh snow since previous report. Powered by the previous evening's turkey and hash brown casserole, our duo broke the trail back in to treeline. Not much postholing, but not a solid bootpack either. E/NE slopes just before treeline are getting more loaded (about 1.5 - 2ft now, not pictured) - take care. Partner used microspikes up & down, I used them down only. Snowshoes not needed (yet). We were the only ones on the mountain aside from a small herd of bighorn sheep. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-23, By: cotezi
Info: Climbed Shav + Tab for my birthday. Wore spikes the whole way up (for efficiency purposes) except for a stretch on the traverse up where it was quite bare. Snow is deepest (1 ft?) in the woods on trail right before the traverse but pretty brief so snowshoes not required at all. Overally easy to follow trail because of the solid boot pack the whole way up in the woods. Pretty content with how dry the overall mountain was (especially higher up) as it made things easier to achieve Tabeguache which was the second peak we did. (See next report) NOTE: remember to turn left at the second trail sign (CT/Shavano junction)! A lot of ppl keep going straight and lose time/get lost doing this. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-17, By: ltlFish99
Info: Trail is in great shape with very little snow up high. Winds were strong, from treeline to saddle at 13,380 a quite constant 30 to 50 mph. Once at the saddle, as one might expect, the winds were worse at a non stop 65 to 70 mph. Several groups were turning back from the saddle, including myself.I did see 3 people descending from the summit, and the general consensus was it was not comfortable. It was still a nice place to spend an October Saturday. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: Bigpapa
Info: Did the combo. Dry trail the whole way and pretty warm. 4 hours up; 1 hour to Tabegauche and 1 hour back to Shavano. Breezy only above tree line. Did not need more than a sweatshirt. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Did Shavano/Tabeguache combo (duplicate entry bit just in case someone is not familiar). Dry trail. Forecast said 45 degrees/15 mph winds, felt very hot in a running t-shirt below treeline (summer outfit the whole day, winds not bad). Started at 10 am. 3 hrs to Shavano, another hr to Tabeguache, and another hr to get back to Shavano. Round-trip time a little less than 7 hrs. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-22, By: fosshage
Info: Route is clear all the way to Tabeguache, some patchy snow on both peaks that can be easily avoided while boulder-hopping. Beware of lightning, a few of us on Shavano today around 1:30 all got staticly charged and had to hit the deck. A few seconds later the lightning thankfully bolted over to a neighboring cloud. We were traversing back across Shavano about 100 feet below the ridgeline and it almost wasn't enough. Get low, stay low when the clouds roll in! 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: JonHandshake
Info: 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. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: PJ88
Info: A lot of ice on the way up through the trees. Snow in the early morning above treeline was supportive in some places and not in others. A lot of post holing. Most of the time it was ankle deep but some deeper. Everything was soupy one the way down. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-14, By: mtgoatmike
Info: Trail is in great condition, there are 2 trees over the trail...but easy to overcome. The saddle to summit was really windy. Lots of "choose your own adventure" trail finding on the way up from the saddle once you enter in the boulders below the summit, especially the final 200 feet. Saddle over to Tabeguache was in great shape as well. There is a faint trail, but just pick your way through/on the rocks and you'll make it to the Shav/Tab saddle in about 15 minutes. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-18, By: Blainemdavis
Info: The trail was in great condition. The only obstacle was a tree down but it was easy to get over even with a dog on a leash. The wind really picked up at the saddle and continued all the way up the ridge to the summit of Shavano. Once on the summit we hunkered down for a quick snack and drink and then began the traverse over to Tab. The traverse was snow free and had some fun class 2 boulder hopping on the way down. The trail was easy to find and we made it to the summit of Tab in just over an hour from the summit of Shavano. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: cfoster
Info: Trail was in great condition, it was a hot morning and once i got to Tabeguache i could see the storm forming above Shavano and on the way back down Shavano at about 11:43 am I heard the first clap of thunder and not long after i got below treeline it started to rain and pea sized hail for most of the hike back to the trailhead, so the trail turned into a creek. I started at 6:15 am and was done at 2:30. 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: jonwfr
Info: My buddy and I did the Angel of Shavano even though it was mostly melted; had a great time with snow in boiler plate conditions in the morning and then glissade down after doing the combo. There is no snow on the main routes themselves on Shavano and Tabeguache and are in full summer. Happy Climbing! 

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