Mount Shavano and Mount Tabeguache (Fourteeners)

Area Status: Open

The trail travels along a saddle south of the summit and the last 0.5 miles to the summit is marked by a few rock cairns. To continue on to Mount Tabeguache, follow the ridge, northwest, from the summit. Be aware when descending from Tabeguache not to descend into McCoy Gulch. Many disoriented hikers have taken this dangerous route in error resulting in search and rescues calls, injuries, and deaths. 

* Note that access from Jenning Creek (road 240) is not recommended due to environmental/erosion concerns, unsafe terrain and lack of parking. 

For detailed information about climbing these peaks, visit the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative website at

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets, Parking
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: May-September
Closest Towns: Poncha Springs or Salida, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Salida Ranger District
Information Center: Salida Ranger District

General Information


From Poncha Springs, travel west on Highway 50 for 2 miles to the junction of County Road 250 located on the right side of the highway. Turn right onto CR 250 and travel west for 4.5 miles to the boundary of Forest and BLM lands. At this point, the road forks. Take the left fork which continues at Forest Road 252. Stay on this road for approximately 3 miles to the trailhead. A restroom and parking area are provided.


Parking is available for 10-12 vehicles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

There are many dispersed camp sites located along Forest Road 252 or past the trailhead parking area on the left. Camp away from the stream and pack all trash out.

Mountain Climbing

The trailhead for Mt. Shavano is located just off of the Colorado Trail near the Blanks Gulch trailhead. From the parking area, follow the road west to a small memorial monument then continue northwest to a cattle guard located near a free-flowing natural spring. Continue north, crossing the cattle guard, for 0.2 miles to the Mt. Shavano trail.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4 miles

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  Elevation : 
9,800 Feet - 14,229 Feet