Tabeguache Peak

standard Via Mt. Shavano
Difficulty Class 2 
Risk FactorsExposure: Moderate
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Moderate  
Commitment: Considerable  
Start9,750 feet
Summit14,158 feet
Total Gain5,600 feet
RT Length11.00 miles
SheriffChaffee: 719-539-2596
Last Updated10/2022
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On U.S. 285, one mile north of the U.S. 50 junction near Poncha Springs, turn west onto County Road (CR) 140. This turn is about 21 miles south of Buena Vista, and across the highway from the Salida airport. Measure from here. On CR 140, drive 1.7 miles and then turn right on CR 250. Continue to 2.6 miles where the road turns to dirt. Once you enter BLM land the road becomes rough and rocky. At 5.9 miles, stay left at a junction and continue on FR 252. At 9.0 miles, stay left at another junction and continue a bit farther to reach the trailhead at 9.2 miles. If the lot is full, there is overflow parking if you continue 0.1 mile beyond the trailhead.


First, follow the Mt. Shavano - East Slopes Route to the summit of Shavano. It's about 4.5 miles (one-way) and 4,600 feet of elevation gain to reach the Shavano summit. To reach Tabeguache, you must hike another mile - 1. Check the weather before making this commitment; Once you reach Tabeguache, the only practical escape is to return over Shavano.

From Shavano, you can see Tabeguache to the northwest - 2 and 3. Leave Shavano and hike northwest along the long, rocky ridge - 4 and 5. It's approximately 0.6 mile and 600' of elevation loss to reach the gentle saddle between Shavano and Tabeguache. After some Class 2 hiking along the ridge, reach the 13,700-foot saddle - 6.

Cross the saddle and follow trail segments directly west up Tabeguache's east ridge, on easy talus. If you lose the trail, simply continue directly up the ridge or along the right side - 7 and 8. After 500' of elevation gain from the saddle, gain the summit - 9 and 10. Return via the same route.


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