Got my Oldsmobile station wagon to the trailhead - back then the road was better. After mountain climbing in Colorado for 30 years, this was my first solo climb. Attempted to climb Antero on the same trip, but ran out of water and had to return. Upper Browns Creek is a big, miserable swamp.
Climbed along with Shavano with my brother Brent. Weather was moving in, so the summit stay was short.
Nice easy 14er!
not as pretty as shavano, but my last sawatch 14er, so I'll take it.
Climbed in conjunction with Shavano, but it would be worth going back to explore this mountain by itself. It just has a fun name, ya know? :)
Even though many disdain Jennings Creek, if more people just hiked to the rear of the basin and used Tab's west ridge (rather than trying to ascend nasty, loose slopes to the ridge that splits the Jennings and McCoy drainages), this approach wouldn't have such a poor reputation and the CFI might not have had to close the TH.
Erin and I knew about the impending TH closure that summer, which would obscure the TH and make an approach via Jennings Creek more difficult. We hiked up the trail into the small basin and used a dry Jennings Creek bed for easy passage through the willows. At the rear of the basin, we climbed easy (and very stable!) slopes for perhaps 3-400' to attain Tab's west ridge. Heading east on the ridge for 1.5 miles to the summit made for a fine alpine stroll. Fire season hadn't really ramped up yet (though the Hayman Fire would start little more than a week later), so we could see the full length of the Sangres, and to the southwest we could spy on Uncompahgre. A trip report is available here.
Early summer snow hike was a pleasure.
This was a steep hike. The first two miles gained 2,000 vertical feet. Once at point 13,100’ the trail mellowed out for a bit then started to climb again after a half mile or so. This was the last 1000 foot climb to the summit. The trail is virtually non-existent with numerous trails leading all over the place but they all meet back at the final push to the sub-peak. Roach lists this sub-peak in his book as a point, so I had to do it. From that point, the climb takes you down, back up, back down and then finally back up the the true summit. Two false summits and then a bit of scrambling from the sub-peak to Tabeguache.
Great 2 banger to end 7 days of 14ers.
Had to scrap my last attempt at this mountain due to weather. This time it clouded up a little but I had plenty of time.
I drove over Antero's shoulder and camped west of Browns Lake. In the morning I ascended to the 12,600 pass west of the summit and walked the ridge to the peak. Met some nice people up there too.
Steep and loose on my way to Shavano.
Made the easy ridge walk from Shavano in 45 minutes after coming up the Angel of Shavano Trail. Nice hike! Good steepness and the trail is in great condition. Summitted Tabeguache at 12:15 pm. The walk back to Shavano kinda sucked. A couple of false summits (even though I had just come that way) to throw you off along the way.
Second of 10 fourteeners in 6 days. #10 overall.
Finally found a friend to do this one with me. We camped at Blank
Gulch trailhead sleeping in my truck - not a single person or other
vehicle around. Was glad to be in my truck, too many bears around
this summer! Saw only one hiker the entire day. Went over top of
Shavano then to Tabeguache and back over Shavano. Had all the weather
- sun, wind, thunder and lightning, and snow!
This was number 38, I was hoping to hit 40 this summer but I am busy
with other things (like having a house built in the mountains) and it
is getting more difficult to find climbing partners. Maybe next
summer the Colorado Mt Club will have trips to some of the 14ers I
have not done :).
Got a late start but thankfully mother nature was kind to me....most likely because I picked up a hitch hiker on my way out of leadville. Hit the trailhead at 10:35am after an interesting 4 miles of rough road. Hiked this one solo which allowed for a quick ascent. I was on the summit at 1pm only 2hours 25 minutes later. Then I was off to Shavano and back to Tabeguache for a fun descent down a nice soft scree slope.
Having now done this peak from both the Jennings Creek and Brown's Creek drainages, I can safely say that Browns creek is the ONLY way to do this peak. Your day on the Jennings Creek trail starts and ends with a LOOOONNNGG, steep, pain in the @$$ scree slope, which seems 4 times as long when its the 9th mile of the day coming back down. Do Brown's Creek.
Snow and sleet, fortunately no lightning.
This route is not really discussed in any of the guidebooks that I've seen, but is definately the most solitary way to do it. Plus, if you use this route, it is possible to bag 3 14ers and a centennial 13er in one weekend. not bad.
Take the 4WD road that ascends to the saddle near the top of Mt. Antero, and follow it into the valley to the south - Brown's Creek. (valley between Mt Antero and the Shavano/Tabeguache Ridge). From here, the route up Tabeguache heads southwest to the obvious saddle, then east to the place where it joins the standard route. No trail, but there's really no need for one. From this basin, the summits of Tabeguache, Shavano, Antero, and N. Carbonate (centennial 13er) are all just a few hour's hike. Plus the solitude is well worth it.
night time summit, around 11:30, straight over from shavano, chilly and windy, beautiful starry sky, desceded down a steep draw to browns creek and on towards north carbonate, a 13 'er
Good day and Angel of Shavano snow field is a more direct route to shavano to head over to Tab.