Mt. Shavano  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: andrew85
Info: Full summer conditions outside of a few brief snowfields upon passing tree line. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: jubbuh
Info: Busy at Shavano Trailhead 20+ cars. Started at 08:00, took the Angel of Shavano route. No flotation needed to get to the Angel. Used crampons+axe to go up the Angel. Left arm of the Angel has significantly more snow, right arm is pretty dried up already. 12:00 at Shavano's top. Going out and back to Tabeguache took ~2h, in line with other parties we encountered. Snow on Tabeguache was pretty firm, no significant postholing Glissaded down Tabeguache (see trail in photo). From Shavano, took East slopes route back to TH, finished at 17:15. Photos: Current state of the Angel, Tabeguache view from Shavano, and Shavano view from Tabeguache. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2020-05-16, By: nmek19
Info: angel is still full with snow, the east slopes and everything else was completely dry 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-16, By: hogantheepic
Info: The route up Shavano, as well as the connecting ridge to Tabeguache, is nearly devoid of snow. I brought snowshoes with me but never needed to use them. All the snow will be gone in a week or 2. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-14, By: JakeByk
Info: Shavano is in good shape on the standard East Slopes route. Microspikes are still helpful when crossing the Angel wings and ascending the slope, as there is still enough snow to obscure the trail to the plateau. I swung east while climbing the final push to get out of the wind, it was gusting 55-60 when I was there. Go early to avoid some (but very limited) postholing while making the curve above treeline. I took the ridge to Tab, but I'll post a separate report for that one. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-10, By: gregpeak
Info: Mostly summer conditions except for a half mile stretch of snow near tree line. There is a good boot pack thru the snow so there is no need for traction or flotation. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-04, By: Kiefer
Info: The trail from the trailhead is clear (snow-free) for about a mile and a half. Through the forest, snow is ever present with COPIOUS amounts of deadfall. There is a boot pack to follow. The Angel is filled in nicely. Standard trail is dry. Upper reaches of Shavano & Esprit Point is dry. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2020-04-20, By: 123tqb
Info: Avalanche danger was minimal (small slabs about 6 inches thick would release when I was making the skin track, but once it heats it's good). The left arm definitely had better snow (unless you're into icy) and was continuous up to the ridge. Right arm was not continuous. Bit of weather rolled through, but not much to worry about. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2020-03-16, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Parked at Angel of Shavano Campground trailhead. Road is plowed to a small parking area. This was 2.1 miles from Blank Gulch trailhead(Shavano/Tabeguache trailhead) via the Colorado trail. Parking at Blank Gulch is possible, but it's 3.2 miles from trailhead. There is a trench all the way to the apron of the Angel of Shavano. No one has been on the standard trail after it splits from the Angel of Shavano trail. Some postholing through trees is unavoidable even with snowshoes. The Angel was in great condition. South arm goes to saddle. We took North arm which ends at 13200 feet. Shavano is mostly windblown and you can avoid snow from end of this arm to summit. Ridge to Tabeguache is also mostly snow free. From saddle to Tabeguache Peak snow is continuous and supportive with rock bands interspersed. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-19, By: Wentzl
Info: Pretty much the same. Very windy, but no new snow. Forecast says that may change tonight! 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-16, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Shavano and Tabeguache today. Below treeline there is snow off and on, but a very nice trench. I didn't use any traction, it was pretty manageable with winter boots. Others might want micro spikes. Above treeline there is very little snow, I was quite surprised. The road to the trailhead is 95% snow free, just a few short sections that had some snow. With reasonable driving prowess, any vehicle can get to the trailhead. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-03, By: amderr22
Info: I took a variation of the East slopes trail When it turned to follow along the slide of the Ridge above the Angle of Shavano, I decided to head straight up the Ridge proper to see how it worked as a route. Made it to Pt 13617 before turning back because I started too late, however it was a fun Class 2+ scramble. I brought snowshoes and was glad to have them, as there was a foot of snow below treeline, but the snow and ice were melting so fast, I'm not sure you'll need them anymore until the next storm comes through. Also needed microspikes for some icy spots. The trailhead is accessible yet if you have 4WD and clearance! 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-10-16, By: supranihilest
Info: The trail is in great shape and easy to follow. The recent snow has all melted and the route is entirely dry, including in the trees where snow could potentially have drifted. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-10-01, By: thoffer1989
Info: Trail clear and dry all the way to the summit. Winds were very strong above saddle at probably 30-40 mph with some calm periods; gusts were even stronger at times. Our two dogs summited with us. Assuming my watch was wrong but round trip was 10.3 miles and right above 5,000 feet of gain. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-09-23, By: CaptCO
Info: Summer conditions the whole way. Wind gusts on the saddle up to 40 knots or so. Started around 2PM and took around 5 hours. 9.2 miles around 4,455' elv gain. Beautiful views, unfortunate wildfire seen east? Will probably be getting icy over the next few weeks 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-09-17, By: ilikereds
Info: Started out at 0345 and was concerned about weather. Cows along the Colorado trail scared the crap out of me. I heard noise and I looked their way and only saw about 20 pairs of eyes looking my way. Took me a few seconds to realize it was only cows. Made it up to the saddle and clouds had completely covered Shavano summit. I decided to press on and by the time I summited, it had completely cleared up. Decided to head to Tabequache and glad I did. Made for a long day but no issues on the trail. Didnt see anyone at all until I was already heading back down from the saddle. 9.5 hours on the trail. 

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