Colorado 14ers: Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

Link the bare summits of the Sawatch Range's southernmost 14ers for far-reaching views over the San Isabel National Forest.
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Link the bare summits of the Sawatch Range's southernmost 14ers for far-reaching views over the San Isabel National Forest.

-Mapped by Tim George

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.3

Waypoints

SHA001

Location: 38.5967826843262, -106.197067260742

Head NW from Blank Gulch trailhead

SHA002

Location: 38.5983009338379, -106.198249816895

Turn R; follow the Colorado Trail for .25 mi.

SHA003

Location: 38.6019515991211, -106.195869445801

Turn L @ Y, leaving the Colorado Trail; moderate climb NW through fragrant forest

SHA004

Location: 38.607250213623, -106.208702087402

Cross a small stream

SHA005

Location: 38.6077995300293, -106.209365844727

Pass a small waterfall (good place to refill water bottles); continue heading W

SHA006

Location: 38.6133308410644, -106.223587036133

Leave the forest and begin ascent of Shavano's barren E slopes

SHA007

Location: 38.6127014160156, -106.239250183105

Turn R on saddle and head N across talus-filled slopes

SHA008

Location: 38.6168670654297, -106.239868164062

Follow small cairns to the N over talus slopes toward Shavano's summit; climb boulder field to reach the summit

SHA009

Location: 38.6191673278809, -106.239334106445

Mt. Shavano (14,229 ft.): Landscapes of brown, barren peaks fade into the distace. To summit Shavano's neighboring 14er, Tabeguache Peak, descend NW ridge

SHA010

Location: 38.6233444213867, -106.242568969727

Continue descent on ridgeline overlooking McCoy Gulch to the SW

SHA011

Location: 38.6263008117676, -106.24585723877

Head W from the saddle to begin .25-mi. summit climb

SHA012

Location: 38.62548828125, -106.250877380371

Tabeguache Peak (14,155 ft.): Endless views of the Sawatch Range stretch out to the N; Mt. Shavano's bald summit sits to the SE. Retrace steps to trailhead