From Hwy 285 - Mt. Shavano partially obscured in morning clouds.
[In this view from the east Tabeguache Pk is hidden behind Mt. Shavano.]
I had planned to ascend from the Jennings Crk trailhead - until I saw that it was posted as closed for restoration. So I had to head back to Hwy 285 to access the Blank Gulch trailhead. Bummer, as this cost me a good hour.
Departing the trailhead at 8:25 am. [Most people I met had departed around 5:00 am. No one began behind me, as far as I could tell.]
From Blank Gulch (Route 1), the RT distance to Shavano is 9.7 miles with 4,430' gain - a good workout! [Topo from Gerry Roach's 14er book.]
1:30 and I have the summit all to myself.
Well, Tabeguache Pk is somewhere at the end of this ridge leading off Shavano. Too late in the day now. Bummer.