Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide | Excellent Twin 14ers

Mt Shavano holds the distinction of being the southernmost Sawatch Range 14er. Along with its twin to the west, Tabeguache Peak, it anchors the bottom of this massive 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. Hike the peak in the late spring or early summer to see this special snow formation. Start planning your trip with this Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide. 


Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide Fast Facts

Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide

The Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide starts from the Shavano/Tab Trailhead. Start out 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 tree line. 

Continue above tree line along the side of the ridge, heading towards the upper half of the Angel of Shavano snow field. You may need to cross the 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 hop for the last few hundred feet to reach the summit. 

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

My Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak Route Guide includes this topographical map that you can use on your climb. 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 head out to these peaks 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 & climbing 14ers 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.


Hiking, scrambling and climbing up Colorado’s high peaks are inherently high-risk, dangerous activities. 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.


About the Author: Alex Derr

Alex Derr is a mountaineer and blogger based in Denver Colorado. He is working to climb Colorado’s highest 100 peaks, and the 20 tallest peaks in California. He created The Next Summit to share advice, stories, history & reflections from the Colorado Rockies & Sierra Nevada. When not climbing, he is managing the Communications strategy at Visible Network Labs.