Mt. Shavano  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-09-01, By: Mzapo
Info: Drive to trailhead is doable in any 2wd vehicle. Watch for the cows though on the drive in! Hike was dry and the trail was straight forward to follow. Signs are present at all early intersections to guide you the right way. Trail starts with a gradual incline for the first mile and a half or so, but becomes steep near treeline and from the Angel of Shavno to the top. The way we approached the summit after the saddle had two false summits. Plenty of sitting room on the summit. Minimal wind this day. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-08-18, By: easy_tiger
Info: Dry as a bone. Windy per usual above the saddle (~13,200) but all snow on the angel of Shavano is gone. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-22, By: KevinHadley
Info: Summer Conditions! To corroborate the last report - first mile has some mud and parts of the trail were wet but it was beautiful and relatively avoidable. I always have water-proof boots but at this point your footwear of choice is the only thing you will need! Entire ascent was free from snow. Tabeguache was a different story - please see other report. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-20, By: ajwaters12
Info: Near perfect summer time condition - Slightly muddy on the first mile from the trailhead and only two patches of snow intersect the trail, both easily avoidable; only about 2 small streams to pass and only needed hiking boots/shoes! 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: aaronrigsby
Info: Did this 14er yesterday and this is yet another in great summer time conditions! Didn't hit snow until about 12,900ft during the switchbacks towards the saddle before banking right towards the summit climb. All of which is easily avoidable. A couple of small river crossings but nothing substantial. Heavy flow but easily passable. Tebaguache however is a different story (see other report for details) 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-12, By: beedl102
Info: Shavano is nearly pristine, with just one or two sections of about 100 ft of snow. Tabeguache is covered in snow pretty much the whole way, but it's fine with spikes (and there were some peeps after me w/o spikes who I would assume still got it but just took longer). Started at the trailhead at 5:20, snow was a bit soft on Tabe by the time I got there. The glissade down Tabe was smooth but took a bit of snow with me. Summited Shavano at 9, Tabeguache at 10, Shavano again at 11, and was back to the car by 1:00. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: JakeByk
Info: Summer conditions on standard trail. Small snowfield (head of the angel) would benefit from poles but not necessary. Talus field is more Class 2-y than I expected below the summit, swing left (west) when possible toward Tab. Or for a more scramble-y ascent go further east along the ridge. Tab looked doable but sketchy and definitely not to be attempted without traction. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: jnorris303
Info: Except for a 30ish yard jaunt across what remains of the angel snowfield, the route is completely dry. Summer conditions, and there are a lot of beautiful wildflowers along the trail. The snowfield was easy to cross with normal shoes. Trekking poles might help for extra stability if you want. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: Emily_Gulanczyk
Info: Started at the trailhead at 5:20 AM, summited by 8:20 AM, back down to the trailhead at 11:30 AM. As the other conditions reports stated, there is no snow until above treeline. Even then, there is really only 1 major snowfield to cross right before heading to the ridgeline above the angel. There are 2 other small sections of snow on the trail right as you get above treeline. I didn't need microspikes or any other flotation, I just used poles in my way down for stability. The only thing to be aware of is the amount of water that is flowing in the river that goes alongside the trail - there is a lot of runoff so the trail is a little slick and narrow because of that. Other than that, Shavano is in summer condition. Go get it. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-04, By: BuckeyeClimber
Info: Started at 3:30AM. Didn't realize how beautiful the aspens and junipers were until my return. Watch your step, there were cow patties on the trail up to the first cattle guard. The first two miles or so there's a lot of loose softball sized rocks and I ended up spraining my ankle on the way down. There's water running down portions of the trail I'm guessing around mile 2. Before tree line there is a couple small snowy areas. Not too bad. Out of tree line there is are a few other larger snow fields that were soft by 9AM. Overall, summer like conditions. There was a group packing in skis and boards to ride the angle wings. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-02, By: bigblackbird
Info: When you get to the first snow at about 11500, stay straight to find the main trail. Do NOT turn right and head straight up hill. We followed someone else's steps straight uphill and we're off trail for a good long time. Gaiters and traction helped a ton. Pics: off trail on Shavano, snowy summit ridge on Tabeguache. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: mupitch34
Info: We did the standard route mostly. No snow until we left the treeline at which point we just went directly up a slope because we lost the standard trail in the snowfield. Apparently we were supposed to traverse to the south side of the slope, but we ended up about 200ft above the standard route and traversed from there. After the initial snowfield at treeline there were only two other small snowfields that were right below the saddle. The snow was very soft(even at 7:30am) so we potholed past our ankles and up to our knees. I had snow shoes, but it was easier to just hike around the last two snowfields. There was snow still at the peak, but pretty easy to navigate around. Snowshoes were not worth carrying for me. Microspikes were helpful, but the snow is so soft its inevitable to avoid potholing through the short snowfields. We glissaded down the angel, which was quite fun. 
 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2019-06-24, By: thebeave7
Info: To confirm the previous reports the standard trail is clear of snow until just below 12000ft. A few seasonal streams flood it in places, but easily avoided. At 12k when you start the traverse back to the saddle there are some decent size snow patches to cross, I was able to cross in just crappy road shoes with no traction, but microspikes would be quite useful here when frozen. Once back in the main valley on the traverse there are only a few small snow patches to cross, no need to hike super high above the standard trail any more. The Angel is definitely on its way out. The (skiers) left arm is NOT continuous from the summit, several 20-50ft rock patches break it up. The (skiers) right arm and body are still in, but becoming sun cupped and runnelled as a previous post stated. Still skied nicely around 10a. We skied continuously for about 1700ft until we ran out of snow. The hike back to the trail wasn't bad, its pretty easy to avoid all the old blow down in the valley by staying skiers right initially. More summer than winter on the main route, good to go for general hiking with minimal slogging in snow. Only recieved about 1" of new snow on Saturday. Photo #1: Hiking the traverse from 12k back into the main valley on the standard route trail. Photo #2: Looking up at the saddle (Shavano to the right) at the Angel. Photo #3: Looking down from near the summit into the Angel. (skiers) Left arm is out as seen on the left, main body on the right is still solid. Photo #4: Skiing the lower Angel, a little bumpy, but nice corn. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2019-06-23, By: bwleachuk
Info: The main trail up Mt. Shavano is passable but there are long sections covered by snow, so you'll be kicking steps along that route in the morning, before the sun has softened the route. The alternative, direct route up to Angel of Shavano is basically impossible to find on the way up. There's tons of tree fall and no clear path or trail of any kind. It's a winter route - there is no summer trail. We had a GPS device but couldn't use this route on the way up due to heavy fog and treefall obstructions. Instead, we used it on the way down, when it's easier to pick your way through the trees. Once out of the forest, you can definitely reach the summit of Shavano without needing to go up the Angel of Shavano snow sections, but those sections are still sizeable enough to ski or climb The route up to Tabeguache from Shavano is still covered in snow. Crampons are strongly advised if you intend to do the double. You may be able to go around to the left and avoid the snow, but it's worth just bringing crampons. We glissaded down over 1,500' in total from near the top of Shavano, all the way down into the valley. This saved the wear and tear on the knees. The snow on that side of the mountain softens nicely in the sun, making skiing and glissading possible. You can go all the way down the direct, alternative route, bypassing the main trail. You'll be bushwhacking your way back to the main trail towards the bottom, but it's worth it because it's a much more direct route. 
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Route: West ridge to east slope.
Posted On: 2019-06-22, By: etmccue
Info: Trail is mostly dry short of a few trickle streams near drainage. Snow started at 12,000'. Opted to take western ridge and avoid snow. Weak freeze overnight made for postholing right out of the gate. Ended up traversing the same route as east slope but from above on ridgeline. Used east slope route to summit. Skied the angel to end of snow then bushwacked the drainage back to trail. Tons of down timber but a trail is starting to rough in making it easier to manage. Snow was super soft corn and mash in upper half, hard and variable with runnels and rotten spots down low. You can ski from the saddle at 13,250' well into the drainage with careful route selection. Left the car at 4:45, summited around 9. Put our gear in the car right as it started to pour rain. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2019-06-22, By: 9patrickmurphy
Info: Pretty much don't take the Angel at this point. The East Slopes trail is almost entirely bare (some big sections of snow where spikes are helpful though). I took the East Slopes trail to where it intersects with the Angel (the bushwacking section either has no snow or bad slush, just don't), and it was pretty patchy getting up to the East Ridge. The glissade was better than hiking down, but I had to get up, walk, and re-adjust at least five times just trying to glissade to the East Slopes trail from the summit. This hike is definitely in, I'd say you want to leave your skis home. 
 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2019-06-17, By: pcj127
Info: Road to Mt.Shavano / Tabaguache TH in good condition, camped at the TH. 4am start. In the deadfall zone, we hugged right side along the scree and made decent progress. Spotted some ptarmigans in spring plumage, no more white feathers. Used crampons and poles up the Angel but microspikes fine too. Able to glissade down the east ridge, part of the middle section, and then most of the angel though the snow was slow in parts. Saw about 5 other parties throughout the day. 
 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2019-06-17, By: bcmurphy
Info: To add a little more context to the other reviewers, they were smart in getting an earlier start. We hit the trail at 6 am; the base of the Angel was in great shape when we arrived around 8:00, but higher up the snow softened and we were postholling deep after about 9:30. Skied it almost continuously from summit to base of the angel; had to walk about 15 feet in the middle. Most of the route looks to be holding a lot of snow, but the bare patch will likely grow quickly. Bushwhacking section was a bucket of suck; took us almost an hour going up because we chose a poor route. Best route we could find coming down was to stay on the scree to the south then cut hard across the drainage back to the trail. Total trip time: 8 hours GPS mileage: 8.5 miles 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-06-16, By: Binsgrief
Info: Took the normal route. It was amazing, but still too much snow. It seemed around waist-high to as much as 4-5 feet deep. Too early to summit this way without snow equipment. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2019-06-17, By: TELEMARK
Info: Skied the Angel on Friday the 14th. No snow until about 11,500 - right at timberline. Did not freeze Thursday night, but snow seemed firm and supportive all the way up and down. Hiked up through the trees a little too far right - lots of deadfall. (Left has less - found that out on the way down.) Started hiking about 7:30 - summited about 11:30. Continuous snow to the top - skied to/from the summit - but it was melting fast. One little connector was about gone on the way down - so that may be the end of a continuous run, without a little portaging. A little sticky and sun-cupped down low. 
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