Tabeguache Peak  
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Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Dry trail. Forecast said 45 degrees/15 mph winds, felt very hot in a running t-shirt below treeline (summer outfit the whole day, winds not bad). Started at 10 am. 3 hrs to Shavano, another hr to Tabeguache, and another hr to get back to Shavano. Round-trip time a little less than 7 hrs. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: coloradew
Info: Clear of snow except for a few patches up high. No traction needed. 
 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: JonHandshake
Info: Hazy and windy. Some snow between Shavano and Tabeguache. Traction not necessary, but it definitely helps. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-31, By: CraigE
Info: We hiked the West Ridge to Tabeguache on 8/30/2020. It's a great way to get to Tabeguache without going over Shavano. There's a solid trail up through the trees. The trail continues pretty clearly through the gulch above the treeline -- no willow crashing and very little rock hopping needed. The route above the 12,600 foot saddle has a lot of loose talus. There are multiple trail fragments up the steep parts of the ridge to PT 13,936, and we found it best to stay close to the center of the ridge and go over the top of each high point including PT 13,936. If you try to go around any of these points, you have to climb a lot of loose talus to regain the ridge. From PT 13,936 to the summit, we again found it best to hike on the very top of the ridge except where there is an obvious trail to the right in a couple of places. The only time we dropped very far off the ridge was to go to the right around the final two rock outcroppings before the summit (although it looks like you could probably stay high and go slightly left around/over these outcroppings too). My GPS measured just over 4 miles each way. 
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Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-08-14, By: mtgoatmike
Info: From the Shav/Tab saddle the trail comes and goes. Lots of "choose your own adventure" route finding. I picked a line that hugged the right side shoulder as you climb up. Some small scrabbling on the way up to the false summit. Once I reached the false summit on the right side ridge, I swung to the left around the false summit and then made my way back over to the right side of the ridge to the true summit of Tabeguache. From Shavano summit to Tabeguache it took me roughly 45 minutes. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-10, By: Balcao2546+
Info: 14ers.com say it is only 8 mile round trip, but it was closer to 16 miles. The trial is not to bad considering the state it is in. Many parking spots to choose from if you can't make it to the trialhead. The trail is not bad, try to stay to the right of the creek when ascent. When you get to the top of the saddle prepare for a long hike to the summit. There are three false summits and parts of the ridge are tricky but manageable. Some parts of the ridge are Class 3 or Difficult Class 2. Best advice is to try to summit Mt Shavano then go after Tabeguache peak. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: Mitsugi
Info: Summer Conditions. This is not a class 2 hike in my opinion. Most of the west ridge is class 2 and resembles other lengthy ridges with a lot of talus. But, the section on the final stretch of the west ridge just before Tabe's summit is not class 2 and in some places is class 3. Even going around the class three section it is more likely "difficult 2" or maybe "easy class 3" and coming back up that section was extremely exposed and there were parts where a fall would have been bad. Just be prepared. It is a long ass, battle to get to that point at the end of the hike just before the summit and having done a half dozen class 2 peaks now, this one does not resemble other's you've seen like Bierstadt and Sherman where you have small children hiking it. This ridge was devoid of hikers and all of them were adults. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: jnorris303
Info: This is a fun, quiet, and beautiful alternative to hiking Tabeguache via Mt. Shavano. There is a defined, well-cairned trail all the way up to the saddle between Carbonate and Tab, and then up to the first false summit (point 13,950). After that, the route becomes less clear. Follow the ridge or stick to the right, just as described. The left side is very cliffy and must be avoided. The ridge is surprisingly pointed and steep for the last half mile to the summit. There are also a lot of false summits. Lots of class 2 rock hopping and if you don't pick your route carefully @ the crux, you'll be doing some Class 3 scrambling. The road to the trailhead is AWD/4WD and high clearance is a must, but you can make it in something like an Outback. My Forester did just fine, albeit slowly. It has all-terrain tires on it. I'd be hesitant to take something up there with less tire, and you need to have high clearance. I wouldn't try with less than 8. Important to note - we did this in the clouds and mist and on the way down followed the wrong ridge down towards McCoy Gulch. We then had to backtrack up and over to the west ridge. This is easy to do if you're sticking to the left side of the ridge when descending. If it seems too steep or you can't see any cairns, you're likely descending into the wrong area. It is vital to go back up and over pt. 13,950 - otherwise you're into some very steep terrain. (see picture - blue is correct route, red is the incorrect way we descended). ALWAYS backtrack and do not try to continue once you know you're off trail. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: Rosey
Info: Hiked Tabeguache Peak from West Ridge TH. My CFI research made it sound like the route was difficult to follow. On the contrary the 2 miles along Jennings Creek followed a fairly clear trail, often with cairns. Once gaining the saddle between Tabeguache and Carbonate, it was easy to follow the ridge line to Tabeguache... sometimes following a trail through the rocks and sometimes just following the ridge line. And even on a beautiful Saturday it was quiet, as we only saw 10 other hikers on the route. 4wd/high clearance needed to get to TH, but a great, easier option over hiking from Mount Shavano. Rosey 
 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: Rokmec
Info: Full on summer conditions. 
 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: PikeySpeak
Info: The route up to Shavano is in summer conditions, like others have said. There's some snow on the incline up to Tabeguache, but it's easy enough to get around it (and it probably won't stick around much longer). It was a beautiful, clear day today! 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: Molasses
Info: Dry, summer conditions with two snowfields, each less than 100 feet across, on fairly level terrain. The first is near the willows, the second is below the ridge. They can easily be crossed with any trail shoe and trekking poles. I did not see anyone else on this route the entire day. Bluebird day with manageable winds occasionally kicking up along the ridge. Be sure to use your odometer from the US-50 turnoff, your GPS, and/or the trail-head picture from the route description in this site to find the unmarked trail-head. The trail itself is in good condition for being an unmaintained, non-standard route (maybe ten fallen trees across the trail to step or climb over) I did not find it hard to follow. Studying the route description and pictures in this site helped. The key route instruction is when you turn left around the tarn. Once on the ridge it is mostly rock, going up and over multiple false summits all the way to the top. The crux of the route is right before the summit. After following the ridge crest the whole way, staying on the ridge would require class 3 climbing to get to the summit. Dropping down the ridge to the right keeps it 2+. Great alternative route to try! 
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Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-06-10, By: thebugguy
Info: I did a solo climb of Shavano and Tabeguache this past Monday and, apparently like the day before, it was WINDY. I started off early (at 4:20, a complete coincidence, really) and got to where the trees peter out at sunrise. The wind was cold enough to take my breath away, nearly knocked me over a few times and I seriously thought of bailing. The air temp gradually rose during the day, but the wind blew on and off (mostly on) the entire way. The calmest period was on Shavano's peak around 8 AM- the experience really made me re-think what gear to bring! 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: Been_Jammin
Info: Sent Tab's West Ridge with trail runners and a trekking pole. Doggo sent with four legs and a fur coat. If the forecast is calling for high SW winds be prepared to get blasted on this route. Conditions were mostly sunny, 50s, with sustained SW winds up to 40mph. 
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Route: From Brown\'s Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-09, By: britdog
Info: A few snow fields with navigable steps kicked in just before the summit. Otherwise, totally clear between Shav and Tab. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-06, By: wanderingsteve
Info: Great route! A few small snowfields to cross below the ridge, but all are manageable without traction or flotation, even descending on a warm afternoon. There is snow at all to deal with from the ridge to the summit. 
 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-06-05, By: timewarp01
Info: Route from Shavano is dry up to the saddle, but summit block has two large snow fields that are easy to walk up. No traction necessary. 
 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-06-03, By: Ericsheffey
Info: Posted on Colorado 14ers FB group as well. Hiked both Shavano and Tabeguache today. Definitely mostly summer conditions. A few small patches of snow up Shavano, and then a fairly large snow field to deal with heading up Tabeguache. No extra gear needed though, there's still remnants of a boot pack up the snow field on Tabeguache that worked just fine. No issues driving to trailhead in sedan either. Pit bathroom open at trailhead. 
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Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-06-04, By: Msbaker
Info: Summer conditions all the way to Tabegauche and back. A couple of snowfields but they can be avoided easily. Don't bother with traction or even waterproof gear. Trail and road To trailhead are in great condition for this time of year! Trickiest part of the route is the top of the saddle after reaching the summit of Shavano for the first time (I.e. when you are heading towards Tab). The trail on the upper part of the saddle is a little tough to follow but just head in the general direction of Tab and you will make it. Bagging Tab added another 75 minutes to the hike at a decent pace. 
 
Route: Via Mt. Shavano
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: andrew85
Info: Summer conditions descending from Mt. Shavano. Lingering snowfield at saddle but brief--very soft, expect some postholing. Large snowfield right before approaching the summit, but stable and tracked well enough to not need traction. 
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