hiking
3 days ago

There were a few patches of snow to cross but nothing that required traction. The trail should be completely dry within a week or so. Relatively easy as far as 14er’s go. Only downside was the slippery scree on the descent.

Snow was waist-deep at the far side of the meadow before the lake. Lost 0.6 miles were unpassable without snow shoes this week. Lots of melt water under the snow. Dry shoes and socks to change into afterward are recommended.

Its pretty much summer up there now. a few small snow patches to cross, but nothing crazy. a pole might help as an extra balance point, but not really needed. Straight forward trail thats easy to follow.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
10 days ago

Mostly Summer conditions. Few large snow patches above a tree line but good boot pack.

hiking
12 days ago

Summited yesterday. Left the parking lot at 7am and were back to the car by 2:15 pm. Trail was in very good condition and there were only a few patches of snow. Patches above the tree line could be navigated around. No spikes needed. Summit was warm with very minor wind and we stayed for about an hour to enjoy. The patches of snow were melting on the way down and were more slippery then so go early. I did not need the extra layers I brought with me and was fine with a baselayer, a vest, and my rain jacket at the summit.

hiking
snow
16 days ago

Ski’d from the saddle down on the descent, made it about 2000 ft from the trail is where the snow ends

hiking
18 days ago

Took us seven hours total including our breaks. Trail is mostly clear, a few snowy areas but manageable. Beautiful hike!

Do not camp in this area. Full of homeless meth heads that will disrupt your camp in the dead of night (This happened up Cottonwood Gulch) That said, during the day it was decent and was an easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this last summer with my dad! It was gorgeous and perfect weather.

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

hiking
icy
3 months ago

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Easy access with an AWD SUV. First part of the hike was on CR225 that had a part of the road closed for the winter. Took that to South Foose Creek Trail. Beautiful forest. Good workout with breaking Trail. Good amount of snow January 12th. Temperatures were in the 20’s with wind. Loved when the sun came out. Fantastic trail to snowshoe in the winter!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

ohv/off road driving
muddy
snow
washed out
6 months ago

Beautiful trail with views overlooking Salida. Trail had new scenery on every turn.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Absolutely amazing trail! It's closer to 8.1-8.2 miles and more loss of elevation than expected. You go up and down about 4-6 points on the saddle from Carbonate to PT 13,940 to Tabeguache. Amazing views through the valley, loose scree to the saddle, a little route finding on the ridgeline, and more effort than I expected. ONLY DOG FRIENDLY if your dog is very experienced and has 15+ 14ers under their belt recommended. Very very easy to run into class 3. The granite rock the entire way is not kind to paws, but luckily his were seasoned so minimal damage. Bring layers, water, food, and plan accordingly. GPS helped, make sure you don't take the old SW ridge route back down after PT 13940 aim for the 13er saddle, hard to route find in the dark.

nature trips
rocky
7 months ago

The aspens were absolutely beautiful having turned brilliant yellow! Some areas were very rocky but driving in a Jeep made it worthwhile. We started on CR 307 from hwy 24 and drove south to Salida. The Aspen Ridge is closer to the north end of the trail. Didn’t see as many aspen on the south end closer to Salida. Took us 3 hours to drive the full distance. Definitely worth a day trip!

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome hike, this was my dog and I 17th 14er and definitely in the top 3. Views from all ranges were astounding, got a late start with clear skies around 2-3 and ended up with a 6 hour round trip time. Rehabbing a knee so took my time and happy I summited. Tabeguache probably ticks on atleast 3 hours, avoided that since summited around 5. After the treeline I had the whole hike to myself

hiking
bugs
scramble
8 months ago

This was my 10th 14er and my favorite. I’m 56 years old and a bit slower than your average Colorado hiker. 9.2 round trip according to my GPS. It took me 8 hours (8am-4pm) with several 10 minute breaks. I would suggest leaving at 6am if afternoon storms are predicted. After tree line trail is less steep until the last quarter mile. At a Y at the base of the peak mound (beginning of boulders) stay right. Others got sidetracked veering left. There are several nice camping spots with fire rings at miles 1, 1.2, and 1.4 near a creek. I felt this was a rigorous yet doable hike with varying terrain and not heavily trafficked. I had 2 liters of water and wished I had brought 3 on a hot day. You will probably need 4 if you add Tabeguache.

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