Mt. Shavano  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-18, By: fosteram27
Info: Summer conditions, a few notes: About 1.5 miles from the TH, I think around 10500 ft, there is a small clearing and the trail goes to the left. This wasn't obvious at 4 am, maybe it's clearer in daylight. We wandered around and found some campsites before finding the actual trail. There is what appears to be a new route/path to the summit on the east (to the right) as you come off the saddle and approach the final ascent. Almost everyone used this going down, but it wasn't easy to see going up. There are a couple signs about adding a new trail to the summit, and I wonder if this is it. I tried to get a decent picture as we were headed down 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-09, By: rizkillah
Info: It's hot! Summer conditions! The trail parallels a stream for awhile and becomes a stream for about 200 ft but otherwise pack light and bring lots of water! 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-20, By: shapovalovm
Info: Went Shavano->Tabegauche->Esprit Point For all practical purposes the trail is completely clear of snow: up Shavano I found a patch of snow so small that it has probably melted by now; Tabegauche has some snow on the ridge leading to the summit, but easily avoidable; no snow on Esprit at all. The road is totally doable by a regular 2WD sedan, just go slow to avoid puncturing your tires. Started at 7:45am, finished by 3:15pm. The wind was pretty bad, especially at the saddles, but otherwise a wonderful day. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-09, By: malogos
Info: Few small patches of snow between treeline and the saddle. Then a bit during the last 100ft that is completely avoidable. So basically clear. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: Marcos
Info: The Angel is still skiing nicely. We got to the saddle just before 9:00 AM, but the conditions were still decent even without a really hard freeze the night before. We got a descent of about 1,500' including the walk across tundra to connect the lower snowfield. Zero postholing on the way up. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-31, By: Eagle Eye
Info: I attempted Mt Shavano yesterday from the standard S/T trailhead. The creek draining through some of the lower route might make micro spikes useful, a lot of it was frozen. The East Slope summer trail is mostly distinguishable but snow covered up higher, and there are a few forks recently traveled at a particular place which is at 2.4 miles and ~11,800 ft along. At this point the summer trail -which had been going north bends west, but the wrong fork continued north (straight) and it was cairn marked also. The wind howled and graupel-like snow blew powerfully above treeline and I tried to wait it out there, still within some protection in the last of the trees. I came down, having reached 12,092 ft. A couple of people with 2 dogs were heading up when I was back near the trail sign-in register, but I think (especially up high) the conditions were actually getting worse, not better. For a 3 day weekend it wasn't busy or crowded at the trailhead at all, mine was the only vehicle there when I set out, and just 2 more were there when I was leaving. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-28, By: Amanda Horner
Info: Snow on the trail when you get to treeline. Several downed trees over the trail. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: Mt_DAN
Info: Roads clear to TH. Body of Angel is in good shape. About a foot of snow is lingering in the trees and on the trail up high. Micro spikes might be a good plan for early starts. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-17, By: shotty
Info: I left a pair of TSL snowshoes a few hundred feet below the summit near a white sign. If you find them, please let me know and I will be happy to reimburse you for your time. Thanks Jake- 505-419-4066 As for conditions on the mountain, there is barely any snow, hence why I forgot that I brought snowshoes... At about 12000 feet, there are maybe a dozen or so patches of snow ranging from 5 feet to about 25 feet. Spikes are also not needed. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2022-05-14, By: rhammond530
Info: Good overnight freeze on 5/12, crampons worked well the entire way up. As mentioned in previous reports, the right wing is not continuous to the summit. There is a 100 vertical foot dry patch midway up. Snow along the upper east ridge to the summit was not that great, sun cups and wind crusts. I can't imagine that it would be a very fun ski descent. It hadn't softened by 10am when we started down, and was not safe to glissade. The body of the angel had softened up by 11am and made for a nice glissade back into the basin. Skiers seem to be sticking to the left wing / body of the angel. The right wing is not skiable and probably only has 1-2 weeks left before it's gone. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2022-05-08, By: kciarlet
Info: R arm has about 200 yards of walking. Other than that we were able to pick our way through down on skis through to about a quarter of a mile past the angel/east slopes junction. Like the previous report said this will not last long. IN OTHER NEWS: I found a wallet and two nice shirts on the way out 5/7/22. If they are yours message me with the details and we can figure out how to get it back to you. 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2022-05-08, By: serveJesusChrist
Info: The trailhead is accessible via road 250A. The trail has avoidable snow until about 11,000 feet. After that, it has deep snow throughout much of the remaining route. There are dry sections, so you cannot ski from the top without having to take your skis off and hike short distances. The skiing was good in those stretches that had snow but it won't last long. On the way down, there was lots of postholing to the knees through the trees, but dry sections that made skiing impractical. I think that the ski season is about over for this mountain. 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2022-05-06, By: desertdog
Info: No change from last report. Just wanted to add that if you climb the wing on the right side there is a nice snow line to the summit. Still need to take need to take 250A to the TH unless you have nerves of steel. 
Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2022-05-02, By: durkan
Info: For this particular day, no floatation or traction required for us in the morning due to good freeze/thaws leading up to it. Stashed snowshoes near the apron/treeline area and donned crampons from there to summit and back. Wore snowshoes from the apron/treeline area down to 1.5~2.0 miles away the trailhead. Glad to have all those. Good long glissade still and some skiiers were also out there. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2022-04-27, By: fakejox
Info: The 252 road to the Blank Cabin trailhead is currently impassable (snow drift) a little over 2 miles from the trailhead – 250A goes all the way, however. The trail was intermittently dry for the first mile or so -- from there, we booted through mashed potatoes all the way to the summit. Would recommend giving it a few more freeze-thaw cycles before trying it again unless you'd like to experience Thanksgiving in April. 
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Route: Angel of Shavano
Posted On: 2022-03-21, By: Emil128
Info: Snow conditions on the Peak all the way down the Angel of Shavano was pretty wind crusted. Made some tough turns. Started 3.2 miles from trailhead due to snow. Total round trip miles = 14.5 miles 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-26, By: Shawn Ironman
Info: Couldn't park higher than 8900 ft. Broke trailhead five miles in (about a mile past trailhead with bathroom) snow was about a foot and a half at that point and turned around as I missed my turnaround time by a lot. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-22, By: supranihilest
Info: Trail is broken through continuous snow from trailhead to treeline. Patchy snow for a short distance immediately after treeline. None after that. I wore Gore-Tex trail runners and was happy not to have boots on. Flotation, traction, and ice axe unnecessary. "Esprit Point" and Point 13,712 are also bone dry. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-12, By: weswood
Info: First mile up there is just enough snow to make the rocks slippery and hide the smaller ones. This is mainly more of a problem on the way down just needing you to pay attention to your footwork. Slightly below treeline is probably the deepest snow with drifts 1-3 ft that we broke trail on. There are some very hard wind scorched drifts mixed in. At treeline and above treeline the snow thins out considerably. Still a few small wind blown drifts. Would recommend micro spikes but we also did it fine without ever putting ours on. We experienced 30-40 mph sustained winds above treeline with gusts up to 60 mph and turned around a little before summit because we were tired of fighting the wind. Obviously recommend going on day with less wind. Would say no longer trail runner weather unless GTX and comfortable with snow coming in over the top. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-04, By: kimbuk2
Info: Summer conditions, some snow around 13,000 but it's avoidable. Wore soft shell pants, trail runners, and an R1 for most of it. 

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