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Tabeguache Peak
standard Via Mt. Shavano
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Risk Factors:Exposure: Moderate
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Moderate  
Commitment: Considerable  
 
Trailhead:Shavano/Tabeguache
Start:9,750 feet
Summit:14,155 feet
Total Gain:5,600 feet
RT Length:11.00 miles
Duration:User Climb Times
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:6/2019
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:140 reports
Cell Signal:11 reports
Sheriff:Chaffee: 719-539-2596
Forest:San Isabel
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Trailhead

On U.S. 285, one mile north of the U.S. 50 and U.S. 285 junction near Poncha Springs, turn west on County Road (CR) 140. This turn is about 21 miles south of Buena Vista, and across the highway from the entrance to the Salida airport. On CR 140, drive 1.7 miles and turn right on CR 250. Drive 0.8 to reach dirt road and reset your trip odometer. Drive 3.2 miles to a "Y" junction. Stay left on FR 252 and continue to another small junction, near a cattle guard, at ~6.2 miles. Cross the cattle guard and drive a bit farther to reach the Shavano+Tabeguache trailhead.

Route

First, follow the Mt. Shavano - East Slopes Route to the summit of Shavano. It's about 4.5 miles (one-way) and 4,600 feet of elevation gain to reach the Shavano summit. To reach Tabeguache, you must hike another mile - 1. Check the weather before making this commitment; Once you reach Tabeguache, the only practical escape is to return over Shavano.

From Shavano, you can see Tabeguache to the northwest - 2 and 3. Leave Shavano and hike northwest along the long, rocky ridge - 4 and 5. It's approximately 0.6 mile and 600' of elevation loss to reach the gentle saddle between Shavano and Tabeguache. After some Class 2 hiking along the ridge, reach the 13,700-foot saddle - 6.

Cross the saddle and follow trail segments directly west up Tabeguache's east ridge, on easy talus. If you lose the trail, simply continue directly up the ridge or along the right side - 7 and 8. After 500' of elevation gain from the saddle, gain the summit - 9 and 10. Return via the same route.

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