Climbed with a group of men from my church.
Trailfinding can be an issue throughout. Very rocky tracks can be lost when underbrush opens out on lower slopes.
If you climb to the saddle before turning toward the summit, be aware that there is a prominent track visible on the left and if you follow that, as we did, you will have some balance climbing before the summit. I suggest you turn toward the visible summit about 200 meters before the saddle and just scramble up from there. This both shorter and easier than going all the way to the saddle.
WE climbed Shavano via the Jennings creek trailhead. Shavano was a relatively difficult mountain, though one of the more spectacular in the Sawatch the Angel was in full flutter during our hike.
Solo, VERY early so to be able to take my time. Summited Mt.Shavano early enough ( 9:50) to procede to Tabeguache with not a cloud in the sky! Too much time consuming talus, but not as bad as La Plata, I thought.. Took many photos of all the different kinds of pretty flowers I'll need to look up their names...Will try to post them. This was a long hot day without sunglasses, nor sunscreen....so much for starting out in the dark! Evident haze still in the horizon from the recent forest fires. Great, great day!
#12..... Saw Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep. Great day!!!! (Sean, Jordan, CJ)
Went over Shavano on the way to Tabeguache. I glissaded the Angel (what was left of it) on the way down for a quick descent. Some storms caused many of us that day to run off the summit.
A great snow climb with an even better slide down.
Perfect day for a climb. Left trailhead around 630am. Summitted Shavano, then hiked the saddle to Tabeguache. Met Mark and Myron (see below) on the summit. Spent lots of time on top Tabeguache waiting for the rest of our group to summit. Awesome weather to take a nap on top of a 14er...very warm and virtually no wind while we were up there. Glissade down the angel was great too.
Started up at 7:04AM on an excellent trail, just a very little snow coming out of timber line, high winds at the saddle, reached summit at 10:00AM after losing the trail and scambling some. Rested 25 mins. then over to Tabeguache in about 45 mins. Rested about another 30 mins then retraced my steps down and glissaded down a snow field on Tabeguache and another much larger one on Shavano, way fun!! Back to the car at 2:36, my 10th & 11th 14'ers and another beautiful day in Colorado, sweet!!
Did this mountain as well as Espirit Point and Tabequache. Saw some mountain goats on the saddle and a few marmots at the top.
The Angel was totally awesome...better than hiking on talus, it made the climb a whole lot better, especially when glissading, the summit is nice too
Left at 5:45 in the morning and stayed on the trail until about 11,000' where we put on crampons. Above here everything was covered in fresh snow, but just a little covering the firm snow underneath. Took the first arm of the angel up until it ended then headed straight for the summit on tundra & rock. Reached the summit after four hours in very strong winds and cold. My partner went down and I traversed over to Tabeguache and back in 1hr 45min. By then the snow had already melted and I made my way back to the trailhead from Shavano in two hours.
Fun mellow 14'er. The glissade down the angel was a blast. Don't feed the marmot on the summit. He'll beg for your food and practically crawl into your lap but be strong. :-)
Started on the TH around 6:30 am, reached the Angel around 7:45-8ish. Snow was already getting mushy, by the time we reached the neck & arms I was starting to posthole. Gorgeous views up top! Storms all around us, but none over us =)
Solo Trip - As most people, I hiked Shavano and Tabeguache together. Weather was great and the aspens were changing. From the summit, the aspens looked like rivers of gold pouring off the mountain. A great time to hike these peaks.
Before reaching the first major switchback in the trail leading up the east ridge, I angled back down into the drainage and bushwhacked thru a not-too-dense section of forest before reaching the snowfield. I then strapped on my crampons, hoisted my axe and kicked upward on the hard snow for an hour and fifteen minutes. Any cornice or continuation of the snow to the saddle had already melted that year, and the arms were almost gone as well, so it was a huff and puff up the talus to the summit. On the descent, I glissaded the Angel, from top to bottom in less than 15 minutes, but my ice axe was mandatory due to the firmness of the snow.
Weather was great. I saw a lot of wildlife.
This was a great but steep and fairly long (like most Sawatch peaks) hike. This was the only fourteener I summit in 2003.