Mt. Shavano  
Condition Updates  
 
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! 
3
 
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. 
1
 
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. 
4
 
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. 
2
 
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! 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: Mitsugi
Info: Full on Summer conditions. You need one tool: Legs 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-23, By: goldylocks
Info: Summer Conditions, dry all the way up. very low visibility on this day. Thinking fires from the west. So high up at peak we caught a small sprinkling of snow. Marmots were having a good day too. Highly recommend!! 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: ClimberSkierDave64
Info: Summer conditions the whole way. Didn't get to Tabeguache today due to high winds but it looked like the snow is melting quickly. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-05, By: timewarp01
Info: Trail is in full summer condition, other than a few very small snow patches. The Angel is missing her head and right arm, melting out quickly. Some deadfall on the trail but overall not too bad. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-04, By: amandaefaith
Info: Summer conditions the whole way. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: andrew85
Info: Full summer conditions outside of a few brief snowfields upon passing tree line. 
5
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-25, By: kbenoit5
Info: As recent CRs said, Shavano's East slopes are basically summer conditions. There are a couple snow fields remaining near treeline but they do not present a challenge at all (either hard bootpack or you can walk around. I wasn't able to take the ridge from Shavano over to Tabeguache because hazardous weather was on its way, so I'm not sure what the ridge going up to Tab is like 
 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: Molasses
Info: The route was completely dry from the trail-head to the base of the Angel. Got to the base of the Angel at 7:30 am. Snow conditions were ideal until about 11:30 am... then some post holing occurred for the ice ax handle. The body of the angel and the left arm (climber's left) are both full and solid. The right arm is mostly gone. At the top of the left arm it was easy to join the standard route to the summit. Descended using the standard route, but conditions were favorable for glissading the Angel. The Angel route provided me with perfect conditions for my first couloir climb! The first pic is from the base of the Angel, the second pic was taken while climbing the arm. 
2
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: Scotty21
Info: Similar to last CR. Mostly Summer Conditions. Few large patches of snow along the trail above tree line but well patted down. 
6
 
Route: Shavano & Tab
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Insane the difference 50 miles makes. The sawatch, particularly tab and Shavano, are in full blown summer conditions. Summited both today in trail runners with my dog. Angel is still in but with descent temps (up high) in the 50s, it's not going to last much longer. Windy AF on the way up but settled in for a beautiful day. 
1

Return to the main Peak Conditions page



© 2020 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.