Mt. Shavano
standard East Slopes
 Class 2 
Ski/Board: Intermediate, D3 / R2 / III  
Risk Factors:Exposure: Moderate
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Moderate  
Start:9,750 feet
Summit:14,229 feet
Total Gain:4,600 feet
RT Length:9.00 miles
Duration:User Climb Times
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:339 reports
Cell Signal:16 reports
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Forest:San Isabel
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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.


1 shows much of the route. From the Shavano/Tabeguache trailhead, follow the trail approximately 0.1 mile to a trail junction. Turn right onto the Colorado Trail and hike along a fence above the old Blank Cabin trailhead - 2. Continue 1/4 mile to another trail junction and turn left onto the Mt. Shavano trail - 3.

Hike over 3/4 mile into the forest ( 4) to a point where the terrain levels near 10,600'. Zig zag a bit and continue ( 5) up to a larger flat area. Walk northwest before ascending west along a small stream - 6. Near 10,900', cross to the north side of the stream ( 7) and continue weaving through the forest. Near 11,200' and below a talus field, turn right and continue east - 8. Swing to the north side of the ridge before turning left near 11,800' as you approach tree line - 9. Leave the trees and continue west across Shavano's southeast slopes - 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Follow the trail up to 13,400' on the saddle where you can see the summit to the north - 14, and 15. Cross the large saddle and ascend the final 700 feet to the summit - 16 and 17. The rock is mostly stable and you will find several trail segments on this final pitch - 18. Weave up through the rocks and to reach the top - 19 and 20.


When the road is dry, most passenger cars can drive all the way to the trailhead.
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