Tabeguache Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-28, By: MaryinColorado
Info: Nothing notable conditions-wise on 7/27, but judging by cloud cover and frequency of rain observed on 7/28, basin likely received a bunch of rain and could now be a wet, muddy, more-mosquito-y adventure. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-22, By: Skier88
Info: Be prepared for areas of unstable rock and scree just before and after making the ridge. Thunderstorms move in early but overall doable conditions. 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
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. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-19, By: Amanda Horner
Info: A few small snow patches won't be there much longer. No traction needed. 
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Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-12-22, By: supranihilest
Info: Dry from Shavano to the saddle. Patchy, avoidable snow from the saddle to about 100 feet below Tabeguache's summit, then hard snow or rock hopping to the summit. I wore Gore-Tex trail runners and was happy not to have boots on. Flotation, traction, and ice axe unnecessary. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-12, By: alsy_88
Info: Access is blocked about 2.6 miles before trailhead, which brings roundtrip to a little over 13. Snow through Jennings Creek was between 6-12", with waist high in several short crossings once out of tree line. Wind was down right brutal and sustained for 70% of the climb (I actually got knocked over several times on the West Ridge). Once out of the valley and on the ridge, very little snow. 
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Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-12-04, By: taylorharris50
Info: Near summer conditions in December! No traction. Low wind. 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-11-30, By: RWSchaffer
Info: The ridge from the summit of Mount Shavano to the saddle was mostly dry (pictures 1, 2, and 3). The ridge from the saddle to the summit of Tabeguache Peak was only slightly less dry (pictures 4, 5, and 6). I carried but did not use traction. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-15, By: taylorharris50
Info: Road was in good shape on the way up. There are some icy patches but are on flat stretches so easily passable. Mountain Forecast called for 10 MPH winds which was not the case. I estimate 60MPH sustained. On the way down several trees had blown down across the road that had to be cleared. The Jennings Creek TH should be good to go until the next storm. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-09, By: TheHikingDoctor
Info: Summited Tab via West Ridge. Road to TH essentially clear, only a few icy patches. High clearance recommended. TH is easy to miss as there's only a small stake that says "trailhead closed." The hike up to the ridge was snow free and the path is excellent. Once gaining the ridge there were numerous small sections of blown sugary snow that afforded no traction whatsoever. Spikes probably wouldn't help; I didn't bring them. The route over Pt 13936' has the odd cairn but as you approach the top there really aren't any and the talus is surprisingly loose. From there over to Tab is much of the same - loose talus and no distinct trail. The final climb to Tab allows for some fun Class 3 sections if you so choose, otherwise it can easily be kept to Class 2. Prepare for lots of wind as there's no rest from it once you're on the ridge. 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-11-06, By: hanada
Info: Trail is 95% dry. No tracation needed currently. There was a section right before Tabeguache summit that had ankle deep snow you that you could either go through or try to boulder hop around. Warmer than usual weather for this time of year, except Shavano was very windy today. 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-10-31, By: Gpacardella
Info: This route is 98% snow free as of today. Road to Shavano TH is in great shape for just about any vehicle. A few snow patches on the traverse, easily avoidable via rock hopping or hiking the trail for the most part. Didn't need spikes or gaiters. We had strong 25 MPH winds on the saddle below Shavano but other than that, great weather. Didn't see another person all day. Lots of hunters in the valley but didn't see any on the trail 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-10-21, By: HikerHank
Info: On Wed, snow had drifted between the rocks. Could not see the trail so had to route find which slowed us down. I had boots and traction(recommended) and but no gaiters. Trekking poles highly recommended and useful. Stepped in some deep spots between rocks. Will be easier until next snow as you may follow our tracks. The guy I hiked with left his boots and micro spikes at home so doable in trail runners but not recommended. Very doable until the next snow and winter sets in! 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-10-06, By: brianr56
Info: Patchy snow from Shavano all the way to Tabeguache summit. Mostly easy to avoid - some areas have been compacted and are slick, but can be bypassed by judicious rock-hopping, or just careful foot placement. No traction needed or used. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-27, By: rsuminsby
Info: Camped overnight at North Fork CG...rough road, but rewarded by sighting 3 moose near the reservoir. Loads of available firewood due to recent brush clearing. Started at Jennings Creek TH at 0445 and gained the ridge about sunrise. Only encountered 3 other people (in addition to our group of five) all day long. Highly recommend the West Ridge route if you've already done Shavano as a winter climb and ski descent! Very secluded. Route finding can be a bit tricky at times, and the final scramble to the summit I'd call Class 2.5 (my spouse elected to wait for the rest of us just short of the summit). Gorgeous Fall day in the Rockies! 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-27, By: rsuminsby
Info: Camped overnight at North Fork CG...rough road, but rewarded by sighting 3 moose near the reservoir. Loads of available firewood due to recent brush clearing. Started at Jennings Creek TH at 0445 and gained the ridge about sunrise. Only encountered 3 other people (in addition to our group of five) all day long. Highly recommend the West Ridge route if you've already done Shavano as a winter climb and ski descent! Very secluded. Route finding can be a bit tricky at times, and the final scramble to the summit I'd call Class 2.5 (my spouse elected to wait for the rest of us just short of the summit). Gorgeous Fall day in the Rockies! 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-09-21, By: matt9094
Info: The wind was relentless and incredibly strong. The wind made it hard to walk and it was exhausting. It took much longer than planned to hike it since I would either lay on the ground next to a rock or hide behind any type of wind break just to get a moment of peace. If you do both peaks in wind like I experienced, definitely plan on a long hike. If it is normally windy like it was for me, I do not recommend this hike. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-04, By: jslove1
Info: Having done a spring ski of Shavano, I was interested in trying a new trail to Tabeguache instead of repeating the Shavano route. This one met my expectations. Driving the road sucks (usual bumpy stuff) but is doable with 4x4 and some clearance. The ridge has a good share of loose-ish non awesome scree and talus. Jennings Creek drainage has an ancient and awe inspiring (to me) pine stand in it. They look and feel very aged and wise. Route finding is not bad. The one mistake I can imagine people making is dropping into the wrong drainage on the way down. It's not cryptic, just pay a little attention and you'll be fine. 
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Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-09-01, By: ltlFish99
Info: I hike tabeguache today from the Jennings creek trailhead so I could see what that valley and the west ridge was like. I thought the trail in the beginning was great, then it turns into a possible choose your own adventure. I found, on my way down that if I stayed up 0n the grassy benches as Roach mentions that most of the willow bushwacking can be avoided. Weather was perfect, but my slow, old self got a little punished by the adventure. I had a rare experience, not a single othrr person was on the trail, or anywhere near the mountain all day. Several people had come over from shavano as is somewhat normal. Hike 14ers via not so normal routes on a Tuesday and you could have some delightful solitude, which is somewhat rare for a 14er. 
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Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2021-08-07, By: Mzapo
Info: Summer conditions with no snow. Ash from wildfires up north was all around us today unfortunately obscuring nearby peaks. Hiking from angel of shavano to the top is pretty slippery with skree so just be prepared for that on the way down. Tab is not as far away as it looks from shavano. Estimate an additional hour there and hour back of hiking time if you're going for it. 

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