Tabeguache Peak

Via Mt. Shavano

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11 Miles

Highest Elevation


Lowest Elevation



5,600 ft.


Class 2


This rocky route sends you high over Salida, with views of nearly the entire Sawatch Range from the top.

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Trail Directions

From the Blank Cabin trailhead, begin the trail just behind the restrooms and signs. You’ll quickly intersect the Colorado Trail and a sign-in box. There will be a cattle grate and quickly beyond it is your left turn for the Shavano trail, near mile 0.35.

From here, the trail becomes very rocky and at times the footing is frustrating as you climb through the forest. No falling danger – just not a trail with much flow. There will be numerous streams alongside you and you’ll cross a steam near mile 0.80.

At mile 3.6 you’ll turn right and have the ridge up Shavano in front of you. Follow this ridge. The crew at Colorado Fourteers Initiative have been working on building a trail up Shavano’s ridge for years. Respect the mountain by staying on trail and resisting stepping on any grass. There is about 800ft of climbing above you from here, and it will be rocky, though a safe class 2 climb.

The summit of Shavano is rocky, and offers great views of Salida and the Monarch ski area. If you choose to tag Tabeguache Peak, less than a mile beyond Shavano, you’ll continue on a rocky ridge, dropping about 600ft. From there, the ridge is mostly trail-less and continues to be frustratingly rocky as you climb back up another 500ft to reach Tabeguache. Be sure to check the skies before taking on this bonus peak, as there is no shelter from the elements and no good escape routes. Return down back the way you came.
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