Log In 
Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,230 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,158 feet
Date Posted:  08/28/2022
Modified:  08/29/2022
Date Climbed:   08/28/2022
Author:  V1per41
 Backpacking Shav & Tab for sunrise summit   

Arrived at the trailhead just past 6pm. The dirt road in is passable by any typical sedan. I made it without too much issue in my Subaru WRX. The hardest feature is about 5 miles from the trailhead otherwise, it mostly slow driving trying to avoid rocks.

Based on the very limited existing info the plan was to hike in about 0.75mi and setup camp. Existing reports said that there were dispersed camping spots higher, but this was the last reliable water source. I typically only carry about 750ml of water with me on the way in and filter water near camp for cooking and for the next days hike. After about 0.75mi I noticed that the creek that is on AllTrails and Google Maps and is supposed to be next to the trail was completely dry. This made me nervous but the 14ers route description showed pictured of a stream further up the trail so I gambled and pushed ahead. I got to the rock in photo #5 and again, the stream was completely dry. With sunset about 45 minutes away and insufficient water for dinner, breakfast, or hiking, I made the decision to head back to my car where I had left some extra water for when I returned. I figured the higher I got up the mountain the less likely I was to find any running water and if I were to have any hoping of being adequately prepared I had to head back down. About a half mile from the trailhead I was able to find a tiny trickle of a stream, but enough to get all the water I needed. At this point it was sunset so I needed to find a site soon and prep for the next day. By the time I got everything I needed done it was about 9pm. With wanting to attempt a sunrise summit, I needed to get some sleep ASAP.

The alarm was set for 2am. After some breakfast, I hit the trail at about 2:30. I've hiking with headlamps before, but typically only briefly during the last few moments of twilight. Hiking and entire mountain in pick darkness was a new and interesting experience. Route finding probably took a little longer at times than on a fully lit trail, but otherwise it was fun.

Wouldn't you know, less than a quarter mile after I turned around the previous night, I encountered a very large stream and more campsites. For future backpackers: there were several good spots along the route, but the best were about 2 miles in from the trailhead near the stream. This is definitely where I would have setup if previous reports had been more accurate.

I hit the summit of Shavano at 5:45am, about 45 minutes before sunrise, setup my phone to take a timelapse and hunkered down out of the wind as best I could.

Pikes Peak in the distance about 45 minutes before sunrise.

Left the summit of Mt Shavano around 6:45 to head to Tab. Trail is very intermittent, disappearing and then reappearing just as quickly somewhere else. Just do your best to keep your feet on rocks and/or dirt and off of the vegitation.

Spent a much shorter time on the Tab summit and headed back up Shav for the 3rd summit of the day. Approaching the summit was the first time I encountered another hiker. Understandable given my early departure.

Caption Here

In total I saw about 30 hikers on my descent, not too bad for a Sunday in August. Encountered some cattle just before making it back to the trailhead. They seemed mostly uninterested in me and caused no issues as I walked by.

Caption Here

I consider myself to hike and an above average pace. Use these splits as you please:

Trailhead to Shav summit: 3:15

Shav summit to Tab summit: 0:45

Tab summit to Shav summit: 0:50

Shav summit to trailhead: 2:00

Total hiking time: 6:50

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
1 2 3

Comments or Questions
9/2/2022 3:57pm
Thank you for the backpacking tips!

Campsite Along Trail
9/28/2022 11:54am
As V1per41 mentioned there are at least 4 very nice dispersed sites along the route. Two before and after 38.60790, -106.21036. On Aug 2 the stream had plenty of flowing water at 38.60885, -106.20940.

This was not one of my favorites, along with Mt. Princeton. Surely the fiercest winds I've ever experienced at a summit tho a brilliantly sunny and cloudless morning. I dropped down to the right leaving Shavano's summit for some protection as I headed towards Tab where there are numerous trail braids. Returning to Shavano and making my way down to the saddle dark thunder clouds moved in with rain and hail. Met an older couple approaching Shavano summit and wonder if they made it with those conditions. I overheard the women angrily telling her husband that this was her last 14er. She looked exhausted. She said they left the TH at 1 PM.

Good news that CFI has committed significant resources over the next six years to reconstructing new bypass sections on what is considered the worst-rated summit route in the state.

   Not registered?

Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

Please respect private property: 14ers.com supports the rights of private landowners to determine how and by whom their land will be used. In Colorado, it is your responsibility to determine if land is private and to obtain the appropriate permission before entering the property.