Mount Shavano Climber's Log

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sprosseda - Jan 25, 2006 5:33 pm

Route Climbed: SE route Date Climbed: September 2000  Sucess!

Felt pretty easy. Nice 600 foot summit cone. Could see Pikes Peak and all the way south through the Crestones, sand dunes, and to Blanca group. Good yellow fall colors.


climbhighnow - Jan 5, 2006 6:19 pm

Route Climbed: east slopes Date Climbed: aug. 20, 2005  Sucess!

easy but enjoyable


1mvertical - Jan 5, 2006 10:48 am

Route Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: July 14, 2003  Sucess!

Only real comment is that this route is pretty long. If you go over to Tabaguache, you have re-climb Shavano on your descent. We got part of the way to Tabaguache, and got chased off by an early(10:30am) thunderstorm. You are a long way from treeline if that happens.


hawkman - Dec 31, 2005 4:12 pm

Route Climbed: Angel o' Shavano Date Climbed: June 2005

Fun easy snow route. Didn't even need the crampons or axe. Good ski descent on Angel snowfield, the rest of the party glissaded the Angel and had a blast. Highly recommended it if the conditions are right.


colint - Dec 30, 2005 11:31 pm

Route Climbed: angel standard Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!

I ascended this mountain after a few weeks constant backpacking and climbing and was able to jog and speed hike past the lame, winded tourists. The traverse over to Tabeguache is really definitive of the Sawatch. The more Southerly ridge makes for a more pleasantly solitary descent, or ascent I suppose, and it even has a pleasant name 'Esprit Peak' according to G. Roach.


LS - Dec 26, 2005 4:37 pm

Route Climbed: blank gulch Date Climbed: 31-aug-2005  Sucess!

See the trip-report here:


jclements - Dec 21, 2005 3:24 pm

Route Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: September, 2005  Sucess!

Overcast, slightly windy at saddle and peak. Bighorn sheep female came close to me on trail down, but bounded after my dog came closer. Saw big rafter of wild turkeys at TH, during hunting season, no hunters around!


brandon - Oct 1, 2005 1:56 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: 6/19/05  Sucess!

4:55 car to car with Tabeguache included. Sweet glissade of the angel.

rek769 - Sep 6, 2005 10:52 am

Route Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: 03-SEP-2005  Sucess!

Excellent weather - hit the summit at about 1130 after a 5 hours on the trail with my wife and 2 dogs. Decided against doing Tabeguache since we were encroaching on the afternoon. Got some light rain on the way back down after we hit the trees. Overall a great day on the mountain. Will have to come back to bag Tabeguache another day.


odysseus - Aug 28, 2005 6:25 pm

Route Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: August 25, 2005  Sucess!

Summited Shavano with Mountain Girl and we proceeded over to Tabeguache. Got as far as the saddle and turned back due to dicey weather moving over. Came back up too low and had to scramble back up to the ridge top. All in all, a good hike. 14er number 23 for me.


ktiffany22 - Aug 27, 2005 11:13 pm

Route Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: August 27, 2005  Sucess!

Summited Shavano (2x) & Tab. It was an interesting day that turned out well, but could have been bad. Had to wait on my company so got an hour late start (7am), and then he was struggling up the mountain so I had to go at it on my own. T-storms blew in early and grapple fell hard. Most hikers were running down to tree-line (which is quite a long ways away!) I was fortunate to get off before the lightening, but MANY were not. ...and SOME were still going up... yeah, dum. They all had stories to tell in the "parking lot," poles buzzing, hair standing straight up, etc... and they seemed proud?!


kylerlott - Aug 27, 2005 1:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2005

Route Climbed: Angel of Shavano to Blank Gulch Date Climbed: 8-19-05  Sucess!

We started the morning looking for a trailhead that no longer exists, but found out that had been closed, so we decided to use Angel of Shavano trailhead. We looked for the steep trail rising out of Angel of Shavano trailhead but couldn't find it, so we just hiked up to Blank Gulch and statrted from there. Very beautiful hike with some amazing views, it was fairly long, but easy.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 25, 2005 1:28 am

Route Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: 5/12/05  Sucess!

Nice easy snow climb via the Angel; no one else on the mountain that day.


Smithman123 - Aug 20, 2005 8:28 pm

Route Climbed: Angel of Shavano Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!

This was a very dry year so the angel of shavano was more like the angel of scree. We ascended along a trail to the north of the angel of shavano. Ended up badly spraining an ankle at about 14,000' on the way down in a thunderstorm. Took about 8 hours to limp back to the car, but made the summit!


shanahan96 - Aug 14, 2005 4:49 pm

Route Climbed: Angel Snowfield Date Climbed: May 10, 2005

3/4/14- long winter climb of shavano, with esprit point and tabeguache, via its southeast ridge. the snowpack was much firmer than i expected leading to an "easier" 6625' vertical gain day. passed out afterwards! #58/100 winter

4/22/06- another climb of the angel, w/dave hale. always enjoyable!

5/10/05- excellent, snow climb! i would definitely recommend this for someone who has never completed a snow climb. one of the best glissades in Colorado!



kilimanjaro1 - Jul 31, 2005 9:46 pm

Route Climbed: East Slopes from Blank Gulch TH Date Climbed: July 21, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed with a group of men from my church.


HeatherF - Jul 25, 2005 5:56 pm

Route Climbed: Blank Gulch Trailhead-Shavano Trail Date Climbed: August 25, 2002  Sucess!

Great day.

dacunto - Jul 25, 2005 1:33 pm

Route Climbed: Blank Cabin TH Date Climbed: 16 July 2005  Sucess!

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.


Cortez - Jul 24, 2005 1:20 pm

Route Climbed: Jennings Creek Date Climbed: June 7, 2003  Sucess!

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.

Hiking Party:

Michael Booker

Jennifer Booker

Don Nalley


Billy Boy



Helga - Jul 18, 2005 11:34 pm

Route Climbed: Blank Gulch Date Climbed: July 17th, 2005  Sucess!

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 much for starting out in the dark! Evident haze still in the horizon from the recent forest fires. Great, great day!

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