Mount Shavano

 East Slopes
Difficulty Class 2 
Ski/Board: Intermediate, D3 / R2 / III  
Risk FactorsExposure: Moderate
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Moderate  
Start9,750 feet
Summit14,230 feet
Total Gain4,600 feet
RT Length9.00 miles
SheriffChaffee: 719-539-2596
Last UpdatedOct 2022
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On U.S. 285, one mile north of the U.S. 50 junction near Poncha Springs, turn west onto County Road (CR) 140. This turn is about 21 miles south of Buena Vista, and across the highway from the Salida airport. Measure from here. On CR 140, drive 1.7 miles and then turn right on CR 250. Continue to 2.6 miles where the road turns to dirt. Once you enter BLM land the road becomes rough and rocky. At 5.9 miles, stay left at a junction and continue on FR 252. At 9.0 miles, stay left at another junction and continue a bit farther to reach the trailhead at 9.2 miles. If the lot is full, there is overflow parking if you continue 0.1 mile beyond the 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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