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Route #3) Tabeguache Peak - Southwest Ridge (CLOSED)  


  • Notice! (August, 2003) The Southwest Ridge route has been closed by the Forest Service as of September, 2002. The route had begun to exhibit severe erosion due to highly unstable soils. Multiple deep erosion gullies now scar the landscape between 11,200‘ and 12,600‘. The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) helped to close this route in 2002. The standard route to climb Tabeguache is now the combo/traverse route via Mt. Shavano (from the Shavano/Tabeguache trailhead).


Difficulty:  Class 2 
Exposure: Mild exposure very close to the route. Route options may be limited but you should be able to walk past the exposure area.
Summit Elev.: 14,155 feet
Trailhead Elev.: 10,500 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,700 feet
RT Length: 6.25 miles
Trailhead: Jennings Creek
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Last Updated: 8/2014
 
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Drive to the intersection of U.S. 285 and U.S. 50 in Poncha Springs. Go west on U.S. 50 for 6 miles and turn right on County Road (CR) 240. After 3 miles, CR 240 turns to dirt. Continue 0.6 mile to the Angel of Shavano trailhead, campground and picnic area. After the campground, the road turns to 4WD. You’ll see a sign here stating the Jennings Creek access is "closed" but that only refers to the old, southwest ridge route, NOT the west ridge. Continue another 3.8 miles to reach the unmarked trailhead on the right. The total drive from U.S. 50 is approx. 7.6 miles. There’s parking for 2 or 3 vehicles but you’ll also find some pull-offs along the road, 0.25 mile below the trailhead and 0.4 mile above. Since the trailhead signs have been removed, it‘s easy to miss; here are the coordinates: N 38.60050, W 106.27888

Route:

Route Closed

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