I left Colorado Springs around 5:30pm Sunday night and drove to the Shavano/Tabeguache Trailhead. I forgot how great the drive is from the Springs through Canon City along Hwy 50.
I got the TH around 8:20pm and saw a few other cars. I met up with another hiker and we chatted about the next days' trip. Somewhere during our conversation, I mentioned that I've been wanting to see the sunrise from the summit of a 14er. The rest is history.
Trailhead – the trail begins right behind the restroom
We left around 12:15am. It was unbelievably warm – just t-shirts to start out, but we brought many, many layers which would ALL come in handy.
Since our only light was our headlamps, I didn't take any pictures on the way up Shavano.
It's not so much about the things we saw, but what was seeing us. I can't imagine doing this alone. About 4 different times I shined my headlamp only to see sets of eyes staring back at me. Sometimes there were groups of eyes, sometimes just a single pair…kinda creepy.
Here is the first picture on the summit of Shavano. We made it up right around 4:30am. We were about 45 minutes early for the actual sunrise, but you could see the first light making its way up.
Joel on Shavano's Summit
After getting a bite to eat and shivering on Shavano, we started making our way over to Tabeguache around 5:30am. This is when the sunrise began in full force.
Dropping down to the right - heading to Tab
The hike down Shavano was really fun – large boulders mixed with grass. The hike up Tabeguache is loose and scree filled.
Here is a look at the terrain around the saddle between Shavano and Tabeguache
Terrain on Tab
Looking back at the route from Shavano
Approaching Tabeguache's Summit
We made it to the summit of Tabeguache in just under an hour after we left Shavano
View from Tab's Summit
Hero of the Day
This last picture is on our way out. You can see The Angel (or what's left of her) and the trail that leads down back into the forest.
After only getting about an hour of sleep, this trip made for a really long and tiring day. I can't say I'll do a sunrise-summit again, but I can check it off my list. Thanks to Joel for going with me, I had a great time and look forward to hiking with you again.