Nice traverse with good weather.
Nice day on the mountain, no afternoon storms to speak of. Very windy after the saddle point though. The Angel Trail is a good work out, consistently steep pretty much the whole way. Started at 8 am, summitted at 11 am. Went over to Tabeguache afterwards.
First of 10 fourteeners in 6 days. #9 overall.
From Angle of Shavano trailhead followed trail thought initial switchbacks and then strait up following game trails tending toward the right At tree line you’re on a large open hill side, Mt Shavano trail is visible to the North across the south fork of Squaw Creek. The hillside turns to nice ridge hiking on stable scree with remnants of an old trail marked with sticks in some place and in others the scree has been arranged to make a trail. Possible an old CMC project? This ridge joins the main Shavano trail at the saddle below the summit. We took the ridge to Tabeguache and then down the old Jennings Cr. Trail (it is steep and loose in places and splits into multiple indistinct lines, i.e. route finding required) and then down the road 4 miles to finish the round trip. The weather was perfect, there were a few easily avoidable patches of snow. About 16mile round trip and 6000’ vert.
I would like to thank the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative for the massive amount of work to the lower part of Jennings Cr. Trail and in general for all their good work maintaining and restoring trails to help limit environmental damage and enhance the experience for all.. Check out 14ers.org
A nice hike with a good trail almost to the summit. My girlfriend's first fourteener, so I saved Tabeguache for another day.
Made the traverse to Shavano from Tabeguache in 40 minutes. Was on the summit at 1:50 and luckily there was no afternoon thunderstorm brewing. Only saw three others on the summit probably due to the time of day. got back on the trail 10 minutes later and was back to the car at 4:50. Fun day and two more 14ers to mark off the list.
I guess I'm a minority opinion on this one - I hated Jennings Creek. The trail starts immediately with a LONG, frustrating scree slope, which seems to double in length for the return trip in the afternoon. I'm no stranger to strenuous climbing, but this section of trail is just plain ugly. I also did Brown's Creek a few years back and thought it was MUCH better. Take it for what its worth, I guess.
Beautiful aspen grove at trailhead. Made summit but no time for Tabeguache - darn!!
NIce glissade down - yahoo.
This is the only time I've climbed both summits in a "twin Peak" situation. The climb from Tabequache was a breeze. When I climbed Tabequache, I didn't even stop on the summit. I just continued on. I was afraid if I sat down I might not continue over to Shavano. On the down climb, I almost went down McCoy Creek but for a climber in front of me realized she was going down the wrong way and she called back telling me I was going the wrong way. Thanks whoever you are. I got caught in a thunder storm on the ridge just before I reached timberline. Fortunately there was no lightning.
Combined with Tabeguache in snow and sleet, but fortunately no lightning.
Started on the trail around 6 :30 in the evening, night time summit, chilly and windy, beautiful starry sky
Great climb on a more direct route. Avy danger was low at the time. make sure snow is consolidated. Glissade down the Angel is great!
Easy hike with a great view.
Easy hike have done it twice!
Wonderful combo with Tabeguache...enjoy the views of the Sawatch!