Hiking Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak | Excellent Twin 14ers

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Mount Shavano is the southernmost Sawatch Range 14er. Along with its twin to the west, Tabeguache Peak, it anchors this massive mountain range. Mt Shavano is also home to one of the state’s most famous snow climbs, a snow field known as the Angel of Shavano due to its lady-like figure. Those hiking Mount Shavano in the late spring or early summer will see this special snow formation. Start planning your trip to these two excellent 14ers with my free route guide below.

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Hiking Mount Shavano: Fast Facts

Hiking Mount Shavano - East Slopes Route

Start hiking Mount Shavano at the Shavano/Tabeguache trailhead. Begin from the parking area and take a short trail leading to the Colorado Trail. Take a right at this juncture, passing by cattle fencing and a large Aspen grove.

Continue for about a quarter-mile along the Colorado Trail until you come to a second trail junction. Take a left on to the main Mt Shavano trail.

Take the trail up the gully, along the creek, for about a mile. Eventually, you will reach a sharp right turn and begin climbing back up the ridge on the right up the gully. There may be a few patches of snow in the spring as you near the tree line. 

Continue above the tree line along the ridge’s side, heading towards the upper half of the Angel of Shavano snowfield. You may need to cross Angel’s neck if snow remains. Aim for the saddle, at which point you’ll take a right and double back towards Mt Shavano.

Now the crux of the climb lies before you: Mt Shavano’s southern face. Take the weaving, Class 2 path from the summit, across the slopes, and up and around to the summit. There are several options to make it to the top. Enjoy your time up there, and make sure you check the weather before committing to go on to Tabeguache Peak.

Head beyond the summit, following the ridge that connects with Tabeguache. Take care to make sure you’re looking at the right summit. Downclimbing from Mt Shavano is the only challenging part of this climb, so take your time. 

Continue down several hundred feet to the saddle below before climbing back up. Tabeguache has a gentle slope up the ridge – talus hops for the last few hundred feet to reach the summit. 

Once you make it to the top, enjoy it! Take pictures, enjoy a snack, but be sure to head down with enough time to make it to the tree line by noon to avoid lightning risk. I hope you found my Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide helpful and informative. Good luck hiking Mount Shavano, safe travels on the trail.

If you plan on hiking Mount Sherman, you will need a map for your trip. I recommend downloading a digital copy on your phone and printing out a backup to bring with you in case anything happens to your electronics or your batteries die.

Mt Shavano Standard Route Guide

Don’t start hiking Mount Shavano without checking the forecast several times and from several dependable sources. This is just as important as reviewing my Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide. Here are a few websites to get started with:

Mountain Forecast for Mt Shavano

NOAA Forecast for Mt Shavano

Hiking Mount Shavano is an inherently high-risk activity – do so at your own risk, and use the following best practices to help keep yourself safe.

  1. Bring the Ten Essentials and the knowledge/skill to use them.
  2. Leave your plans with someone back home along with a detailed itinerary.
  3. Start early, and end early: Be back at tree line by noon to avoid lightning.
  4. Check the weather forecast and stay home during inclement weather.
  5. Research your route and bring a compass & topographic map.

NEW TO 14ERS? CHECK OUT MY BEGINNERS GUIDE FOR A SAFE FIRST SUMMIT!

Hiking Mount Shavano is an inherently high-risk, dangerous activity. There is a significant risk of injury or death, even with proper planning and experience. Those using my Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide accept all risks associated with climbing 14ers and do not hold this website or any information they obtain from it liable for any accidents or injuries that occur while engaging in these activities on Colorado’s high peaks. It is each hiker or climber’s responsibility to research their route carefully, bring the ten essentials, and practice other safe practices, though even these precautions do not eliminate risk and danger. Visit these summits at your own risk.

Alex Derr

Alex is an Eagle Scout and mountaineer living in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. You can subscribe to his Next Summit Newsletter here.

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