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
. Leave Shavano and hike northwest along the long, rocky ridge - 4
. 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
. After 500' of elevation gain from the saddle, gain the summit
. Return via the same route.