Mount Shavano

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Mount Shavano is named after a Ute Indian Chief, and is the southernmost fourteener in Colorado's Sawatch Range. A distinctive feature on Mount Shavano's east face is a snow couloir that resembles an angel, and is called "The Angel of Shavano." The angel is best seen in the spring or early summer. The standard route has been the Jennings Creek Trail, but due to severe erosion, the forest service is now recommending either the Angel of Shavano or Blank Gulch Trails. Many people climb Tabeguache Peak, another fourteener, in addition to Mount Shavano.

Elevation (feet): 14,229
Elevation (meters): 4,337
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sawatch Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.6189
Longitude: -106.239
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1888
First successful climber(s): Charles Fay (probably miners before him)
Nearest major airport: Colorado Springs or Denver
Convenient Center: Salida

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 33 trip reports for Mount Shavano.

  • Log #20642 - by andrew hillis on Jan 31, 20073.00 stars
    the climb was awesome. being in the outdoors with some of my friends and even meetin new people was great. my guides grant and paige were great.
  • Log #11750 - by Greg Andersom on June 29, 20043.00 stars
    Very windy and stormy day. Rain, snow , sleet, and big wind all the way up. We couldn't see the summit until we were on it. Got off fast and then it cleared up! Oh well it was a true character...
  • Log #11751 - by Greg Andersom on June 30, 20043.00 stars
    The day started with dark clouds and rain and steadily got worse. The others that started out befpre us turned back, but my son and I drove on hoping the storm would subside. It didn't. When we...
  • Log #11752 - by Kent Lemons on July 01, 20043.00 stars
    Tenth and Broad Church of Christ Youth group summited while on Wilderness Trek. The entire week was incredible, but the view from the summit was awesome. Thanks Hawk, Craig, and Heidi! God Bless You!
  • Log #11753 - by William Kattner on June 27, 20043.00 stars
    Troop 214 from Liberty, MO with five adults and nine boys started from base camp at 5:00 AM and made summit at 9:30 the weather was great and the view was breathtaking.
  • Log #11754 - by Brent Eigsti on May 05, 20043.00 stars
    it was deadly..... climbed shavano and tabagous in the same day.
  • Log #11755 - by James Tucker on Nov 26, 20033.00 stars
    Nice day on the mountain, no afternoon storms to speak of. Very windy after the saddle point though. The Angel Trail is a good workout, consistently steep pretty much the whole way. Started at 7 am,...
  • Log #11756 - by Jesse Glassberg on Oct 01, 20033.00 stars
    Shavano is a steep hike with a ton of vertical. If I were ever to come back to this mountain I would really be up for an ascent up the Angel of Shavano route.
  • Log #11757 - by Deborah Fronsdahl on Sep 22, 20033.00 stars
    Wanted to bag Tabeguache, too, but wind and sinuses interfered. Autumn is a beautiful time to hike, not only because of the glorious color, but also because the weather is much more stable. This was...
  • Log #11758 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Sep 01, 20033.00 stars
    After a period of rainy weather, we (my daughter and I) drove up, hoping for a good weather day. We definitely got it. Wispy morning fog gave way to a sunny day with no storms and progressive...
  • Log #11759 - by Will Howard on June 25, 20033.00 stars
    Got to the summit right when T-Storm broke overhead. Hair was standing on my head, keys were buzzing, and the stays in my back were buzzing. Bailed off the summit as quick as possible, the zipper on...
  • Log #11760 - by Timothy Condon on Sep 23, 20023.00 stars
    Fun peak. I proposed to my girlfriend at the summit, and she actually said yes.
  • Log #11762 - by Aaron Batte on May 16, 20023.00 stars
    Ascended Jennings Creek to Tabeguache then over to Shavano and down the south slopes to the Angel of Shavano trailhead. With the unusually low snow pack and impending drought season the snow was...
  • Log #11763 - by Michael Jake on Nov 12, 20013.00 stars
    Tabaguache and Shavano together. Started at Jennings Creek and finished at Angel of the Shavano Trailhead. Hiked with Mark and Steph Adams, Nate Wyant and Lori Fleury. An 'epic' bonding experience...
  • Log #11764 - by Andy Lindgren on Oct 26, 20013.00 stars
    I am only fourteen, but this my second fourteener. This is a great mountain! I would definitly recomend it. I went on a two day trip. We camped at 11,800 feet.
  • Log #11765 - by Scott Kelley on Aug 27, 20013.00 stars
    I went with my family and Rick Light and David Izrealivitz up from the Blank Gulch Trailhead. It was pretty steep for awhile, then levelled off a little before tree-line. Up above the timber, the...
  • Log #11766 - by Bernard Piorkowski on Aug 09, 20013.00 stars
    I was an adult advisor with 7 boys to climb the peak- we were out of the BSA high adventure base. Climbed to base camp on day and left the next day at 5am to conquer the peak. We all made it even me...
  • Log #11767 - by Kevin H. Berry on Aug 07, 20013.00 stars
    All 18 members of the High Adventure Patrol with Boy Scout Troop 90 at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas (800ft elevation) reached the Summit of Mt. Shavano by 10:00a.m. It was a...
  • Log #11768 - by John Collard on July 26, 20013.00 stars
    14er #6. I climbed Shavano with Tabeguache from Jennings Creek. It was a beautiful day, but I ended up cutting the weather pretty close with the reclimb of Tabeguach and the long ridge back down.
  • Log #11769 - by Mark Wofford on July 17, 20013.00 stars
    This was my very first mountain climbing experience. My wife and I were to climb Shavano with our church youth group and it was one of the most memorable experiences that I have ever had in my life....
  • Log #11770 - by Thomas Cheaney on July 16, 20013.00 stars
    A great climb for my first mountain experience. I hope there will be more such challenges in the future.
  • Log #11771 - by Ted Foureagles on Mar 29, 20013.00 stars
    Haven't yet been to the top of Shavano, but snowshoed south of it Feb/01 on the way to look at my new home above Billings Lake between Pomeroy & Carbonate. Incredible country along CR 240 on the...
  • Log #11772 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 20003.00 stars
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #11773 - by Shira on Oct 26, 20003.00 stars
  • Log #11774 - by marg on Oct 03, 20003.00 stars
    Humped up a full pack from Blank Gulch Trailhead to *flat* area at 11,800 MSL - northeast of prominent bend in trail. Great view of peak & into valley below! Carry lots of water - last liquid...
  • Log #11775 - by Patrick L. Beauegard on Aug 31, 20003.00 stars
    8-29-00 Hiked to Shavano lake and set up camp. 8-30-00 Left Shavano lake at 9:00 a.m. Reached summit at 11:40 a.m. Returned to base camp at 3:00 after stopping for lunch and basking in the sun in a...
  • Log #11776 - by Scott Kramer on Aug 15, 20003.00 stars
    Watch out for the cows at base camp.
  • Log #11777 - by Troy Lee Holloway on June 24, 20003.00 stars
    it was cold and steep.would have been more enjoyable without a full pack.
  • Log #11778 - by Andy Crocker on June 15, 20003.00 stars
    This was my very first 14er, although had already summitted 3 high 13ers. This was done in full pack. I have never hurt so bad in all my life. We were suppose to do Tabauche, but snow moved in and we...
  • Log #11779 - by Carl E. Helton on June 15, 20003.00 stars
    You bring me up here on the mountain For me to rest and learn and grow I see the truth up on the mountain And I carry it to the world far below So as I go down to the Valley Knowing that You will go...
  • Log #11781 - by Kirk Mallory on Sep 24, 19993.00 stars
    I climbed from Jennings Creek - I did not see the sign at the trailhead recommneding another route until I got back down. I first climbed Tabeguache Peak, then over to Shavano, back to Tabeguache...
  • Log #19699 - by Ralph Rice Jr. on July 08, 20063.00 stars
    My climbing partner Randy and I attempted an early morning climb from our camp near 10,600 ft on the Mt Shavano Trail and, getting no cooperation from the weather after reaching 12,900+ ft, retreated...
  • Log #20387 - by Yusuf Siddiqui on Sep 18, 20063.00 stars
    I highly recommend climbing this peak with Tabeguache from the Blank Gulch trailhead. Apparently, it's a little longer and more elevation gain than the Jennings Creek way, but that is not officially...