Mount Shavano and Mount Tabequache

The trail travels along a saddle south of the summit and the last .5 miles to the summit is marked by a few rock cairns. To continue on to Mount Tabequache, follow the ridge, northwest, from the summit. WARNING! Hikers descending from Tabequache should not descend into McCoy Gulch! This is a dangerous route and a number of climbers have been injuried or killed.

The Jenning Creek access located off of Forest Road 240 is permanently closed.

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At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions:  WARNING! Hikers descending from Tabequache should avoid McCoy Gulch!! This gulch is very deceiving in that it appears easily accessible but is in reality blocked by steep cliffs. Numerous hikers have become trapped over the years and several have been seriously injured or have died.

The Jennings Creek trail is permanently closed!

Closest Towns: Poncha Springs or Salida, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: 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.


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.

Status: Open

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 cattleguard located near a free-flowing natural spring. Continue north, crossing the cattleguard, for .2 miles to the Mt. Shavano trail.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Moderate



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  Area/Length : 
4 miles

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  Elevation : 
9,800 Feet - 14,229 Feet