Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

HARD 21 reviews
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Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

6.19.17 Left the parking lot at 6 AM and had a good round trip to Shavano. Saw Pika, Marmots, friendly humans and lots of nice alpine wildflowers. There were a couple snowfields to cross going to Shavano (don't let the first one you encounter discourage you) Did not use crampons. Saved Tabeguache for the next time since the path looked a bit snowy for my gear but saw other climbers heading on that way.

16 days ago

6.8.17. After a lovely first half mile, the next mile gets TOUGH. Straight up with very little relief, hiking on beds of rock. Admittedly, I am in the worst shape of my adult life due to an injury, but I would've found this challenging when I was in great shape. After that, there are moments of reprieve via switchbacks and some softer terrain. We knew we probably wouldn't be able to summit since we weren't equipped for blankets of snow. The snow was slippery. We made it about 2.5 miles & had to turn around.

hiking
19 days ago

very beautiful trail with a lot of Aspen and wild flowers at the base, going up thru the forest, pretty gradual ascend for a 14er, but the final part has some steep incline. we did this first weekend of June 2017, still some snow but spikes are enough, no need for snowshoes if you're just doing Shavano.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

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Monday, September 07, 2015

Monday, August 03, 2015

hiking
Friday, July 31, 2015

This is a tough hike for those that are starting out... it is up up up the whole way with some particularly difficult grade the .25 mile before the saddle and the last 400 feet to the top. However, the views are beautiful!

First .25 miles is flat, next 2.5 are gradual incline and once you break the tree line you are exposed and increasing elevation quickly. Start the hike as early as you need to in order to be down from the summit by noon. You don't want to get caught in an afternoon storm. When I want there was an early morning (9am) storm that turned several people back down the mountain. Keep an eye out for storms as they can form very quickly... they often form below the summit and with in a matter of minutes you can be caught in a lightning storm on top. But as long as you are careful and watch the forecast, you'll be fine.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

hiking
Saturday, July 12, 2014

off road driving
Monday, June 30, 2014

This was a very long trip, but so worth it. We saw campers, hikers, and a lot of off roaders. We drove up to the North Fork Reservoir which was an amazing view. Small brooks coming from the lake. Snow still on the ground in places. We even saw people on a canoe on the small lake. We then went back and drove up to Billings Lake. Amazing. A small natural lake in a valley surrounded by mountains. Up on one ridge there looks to be a cave with a rock front. We drove up to that and walked to the cave. The front is marked 1880 Pride of the West. Other off roaders told us it was a hotel in the 1800s to the mining community. We were able to step inside and take pictures. Well worth an afternoon of site seeing.

hiking
Monday, March 10, 2014