Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

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San Isabel National Forest

Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 5,246 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky
5 hours ago

Went up on 5/30. Made the summit of Shavano but storms rolled in and kept us from getting Tab as well. Trail is completely clear of snow except for 1 very small snowfield as you exit tree line on the slopes of Shavano. Nothing too technical about the hike except for a little bit of boulder hopping on the final pitch. It may because it was our first 14er of the year but it definitely felt longer than it was. The most underrated aspect is the trailhead. Car camped the night before and it was extremely peaceful with great scenery. Be sure to check out the weather before moving on to Tab as the only way to get down below tree line is to re-summit Shavano and make your way back down the east slope.

(5/29) The weather was perfect for hiking. Could not have asked for better. There were a couple minor snow fields on the way to Shavano. There was a couple a large patches going up Tabeguache. The snow got fairly slushy past 10.

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rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Beautiful hike! These two have now become some of my favorite 14ers. Highly recommend! Current conditions- no snow to Mt. Shav, can easily avoid snow up to Mt. Tab and then glissade down (highly recommend this quick easy option down. You don’t need an ice axe or anything for this easy glissade),

Summer conditions!!!!

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome trail. There wasn’t much snow and we ended up not needing our snowshoes. No post holing either. The summit is a little bit of a scramble and I was glad I didn’t bring my dog but anyone can do it. Road to the trail was in great condition and lots of disperse camping spots right by the trail head. It ended up being a beautiful day.

15 days ago

Beautiful quintessential Colorado trail. Wildflowers. Mix of aspen and towering pines. Hike is a continual climb with few level respites. Only made it to the top of the treeline. Lots of snow on the trail going further. Melting quickly now.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
17 days ago

Unbelievably nice weather and trail conditions 5.16. Up to shavano, there are a couple snowy parts on the trail but nothing crazy, spikes weren’t even needed. Part of the trail towards the top of shavano is snowed over, but melting — everybody went up the side of the snow and did just fine, those that tried to go in the snow found themselves in waist deep holes. Don’t get me wrong, this trail absolutely kicked my ass but it was hella fun and the views are 100% worth it. Spikes or snowshoes needed for the tabeguache bag and be prepared to post hole a bit, totally doable without though — will just make it harder. Could not believe how great of conditions this trail had for so early in the season. Magical day

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no shade
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

pretty easy trail a little bit rocky though

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muddy
snow
24 days ago

Pretty dry up the way towards shavano except for some patches that are at the most 0.2 miles. Tabeguache is still completely snow covered so spikes help. Get down as early as possible to try to avoid slush

24 days ago

Snow is melting fast. get after it early to avoid postholing.

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snow
29 days ago

What a beautiful hike! The trail had many areas covered in at least 4 feet of snow, I recommend snow shoes, or you can be like me and post-hole up much of the trail. The snow makes it harder to follow the trail, but using the GPS was very helpful. We started at 6AM, summited Shavano at 11:30AM, and got back to the trailhead by 4PM. The conditions at the peak were the best I’ve ever had, we stayed there drinking a beer for an hour! Due to lack of snow shoes we did not feel comfortable summiting Tabegauche. You will need spikes and trekking poles at the very least for this trail, and a good tasty beverage for the top.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail but very windy

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked with the whole family, both peaks. It was a long day, nearly 12 hours, but the trail was in great shape, good weather for October. There was gusting winds at the saddle, but the mountain blocked the wind as we made the final push to the summit of Shavano. Fantastic fall hike!

Big vert climbing out of the trees. Good climb, slow coming down due to a zillion loose rocks & wet rocks/roots from afternoon rain. I’ve done ten 14ers & this is my least fav, mainly due to super slow decent.

hiking
9 months ago

Start early to avoid the heat and bring a lot of water. There is a creek flowing now at about 11,000 ft. Bring a water filter device; also keep your pets cool with plenty of water as the heat will dehydrate your buddy fast. We started at 5:45am which was too late for us, I would suggest 4am as a start time. We are Mid-West low landers and had 4 days of altitude acclimation before summiting this hike. The hike is amazingly beautiful as noted but a long, long, long grind. Our Garmin Satellite GPS gave us 4,481 ft in elevation and the sun was intense. Beautiful views

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rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Entirely unforgiving, this is a steep trail. It never relents. With that said, it is a beautiful climb through Aspen and Pine forests and then up into the tundra and high alpine area. Pretty good number of people, probably 40, today.

Tough as nails

Awesome trail, the road leading up to it needs some maintenance. It’s doable in any car but high clearance vehicles will have a better time. The trail is smooth for the most part. Steep gradient at the last stretch which can wear you out.

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