10/10 hike. Has a little bit of everything. Best views I’ve seen in Colorado. 4x4 is definitely recommended but a car will make it up if you go >5MPH. (We had a Kia Forte and it took us 45 minutes to make it from the main road to the trailhead). You have to summit Shavano to go to Tabeguache, so if you want to cross two 14ers of your list plan on an additional 2 hours to your hike. Tabeguache had a decent amount of snow but I can’t imagine it sticking around much longer. We kept a decent pace and stopped for lunch/snacks a few times and it took us 9 hours. No need for crampons or any additional gear. San Isabel Forest area is a gem for early summer hiking.

hiking
1 day ago

Easy hike, gentle rise for the first 2/3, then pretty flat.

Such a great choice to hike this trail! Me and my brother started on June 2nd at 11am, made it to Browns Creek Falls for lunch. And this marked about the halfway point to Browns Lake where we stayed the night. Gorgeous trail all through the pass, no snow, well marked trail. Could’ve started later in the day, but left time to take it easy that evening! Met a group on the lake with a few boxes of wine. Broke camp at 8:30am and started the ascent. The far west edge of Browns Lake was at 11,200ft, so we had about 2,000ft to cover before making it over the saddle. We stumbled across a campsite that might be a good spot in July or August, it’s about 2 miles past the lake! The first 3-4 miles after the lake is a 4 wheeler trail that takes to the highest point of this route. It isn’t clearly marked on AllTrails and there’s no cell reception out there, but we used a NatGeo Map for that portion. There’s an opportunity to cut across to the saddle, and save yourself 400ft, but the mountain range on the west side of Mt. Antero is quite beautiful. After making it over the saddle, you still have to take 4 wheeler trails for a ways. However, the start of Little Browns Creek Trail is not well marked- never found a sign. Part of the trail seemed to be covered in snow this time of year. I would recommend checking for cell service here or using a gps. We ended up taking a bit of a detour, but eventually met back up with the real trail. At this point we had planned to camp just below the tree line, but it was only 1:00 and we were depending on the creek for water (which was dried up), and down to only 3L in our packs. Decided to finish the remaining 7-8 miles on what we had left. All in all, we did the loop in 1 night, and were exhausted by the end.

Amazing 18 mile loop! Completed entire loop in 3 days. We decided to run clockwise and I’m glad we did so because little bear creek was dry by the time we got down to 11500 feet on our way out. Trail was clear, just a few snow patched but easy to travel around. Hit weather at the top of the peak after leaving a little too late on day two. This trail includes quite a bit of uphill for backpacking but we loved it and will for sure being doing again in the future.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Went up on 5/30. Made the summit of Shavano but storms rolled in and kept us from getting Tab as well. Trail is completely clear of snow except for 1 very small snowfield as you exit tree line on the slopes of Shavano. Nothing too technical about the hike except for a little bit of boulder hopping on the final pitch. It may because it was our first 14er of the year but it definitely felt longer than it was. The most underrated aspect is the trailhead. Car camped the night before and it was extremely peaceful with great scenery. Be sure to check out the weather before moving on to Tab as the only way to get down below tree line is to re-summit Shavano and make your way back down the east slope.

Great trail. Well marked. Perfect for a family hike. First 2 miles were fairly strenuous. After that, a comfortable stroll through some beautiful scenery.

Did this loop today and loved it! went counterclockwise easy trail to navigate until you get to the pass. Single track turns into double track. follow to the right take the lower route across the flat or you could follow it up to the next pass and go left for more awesomeness if you are eager. My gps said 18 miles.

It’s dry, hiked up to the waterfall.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

Excellent trail. No so crowded and beautiful views.

on Ptarmigan Lake Trail

6 days ago

TH and pass are open. Walked across bridge and immediately blocked by fallen trees and 2-3 foot snow drifts.

(5/29) The weather was perfect for hiking. Could not have asked for better. There were a couple minor snow fields on the way to Shavano. There was a couple a large patches going up Tabeguache. The snow got fairly slushy past 10.

Eleah, was there snow up at the lake. Looks like you climb to about 11000 feet to get there.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Beautiful hike! These two have now become some of my favorite 14ers. Highly recommend! Current conditions- no snow to Mt. Shav, can easily avoid snow up to Mt. Tab and then glissade down (highly recommend this quick easy option down. You don’t need an ice axe or anything for this easy glissade),

This is a very nice hike. Feels secluded even when there’s other groups on the trail. I went slow and took a long break at the falls and finished in about 3.5 hours. I did it all in chacos, but wouldn’t recommend because a decent portion of the trail is gravely dirt.

Summer conditions!!!!

backpacking
12 days ago

Backpacked this with my partner May 23. There are plenty of camping spots all along the trail. We hiked to the lake early Saturday morning. After about 3-4 miles it was quite strenuous, but worth it. You are in the trees for a good deal of this hike, but don't let that fool you. Not only is it great for us pale folks, you get gorgeous views of the creek and mountains as you ascend. There were only two other couples camping at the lake, so it was quite peaceful. The dam has been rebuilt and the lake looked to be about 2 feet deep. It did get into the 30s overnight, and there was quite a bit of wind, with light snow in the morning. From the lake you can continue on and make a long loop out of it (see Browns Creek and little Browns Creek trail on AT) or head back. We saw a moderate amount of people headed up between the waterfall and trailhead. Note that trailhead bathrooms are closed due to Covid-19. Overall a great single night backpack... plenty of water access and gorgeous views. Well maintained, wide trail up to the lake. We had only 3 trees to cross on path, and streams all had easy rock crossings or bridges.

Knee deep snow on trail as of 5/23. trail was completely impassable at halflway point due to snow.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Hiked this with my boyfriend and dog! The trail leads you to a false summit which is confusing, but there is a sign pointing to the creek and all you have to do is follow that sign and walk up next to the creek to get to the falls! Be careful it does have warnings for flash floods so make sure you are watching the weather! A short beautiful rewarding hike mostly in the shade! My dog had an amazing time and so did we!

Great trail, but very crowded

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Fun little trail with a rewarding ending. Trail is a bit hard to follow.

Really nice trail well kept and easy to follow! Creek and waterfall at the end was nice! Lots of trees and dog friendly! Would recommend!

Awesome trail. There wasn’t much snow and we ended up not needing our snowshoes. No post holing either. The summit is a little bit of a scramble and I was glad I didn’t bring my dog but anyone can do it. Road to the trail was in great condition and lots of disperse camping spots right by the trail head. It ended up being a beautiful day.

As of 5/19/20 CR-306 is still closed at Denny Creek Trailhead.

Beautiful quintessential Colorado trail. Wildflowers. Mix of aspen and towering pines. Hike is a continual climb with few level respites. Only made it to the top of the treeline. Lots of snow on the trail going further. Melting quickly now.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
19 days ago

Unbelievably nice weather and trail conditions 5.16. Up to shavano, there are a couple snowy parts on the trail but nothing crazy, spikes weren’t even needed. Part of the trail towards the top of shavano is snowed over, but melting — everybody went up the side of the snow and did just fine, those that tried to go in the snow found themselves in waist deep holes. Don’t get me wrong, this trail absolutely kicked my ass but it was hella fun and the views are 100% worth it. Spikes or snowshoes needed for the tabeguache bag and be prepared to post hole a bit, totally doable without though — will just make it harder. Could not believe how great of conditions this trail had for so early in the season. Magical day

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