The start of our line is at the Angel of Shavano Trailhead, which is on Section 14 of the Colorado Trail. Ample parking is available and if you’re doing a car shuttle, this is a good place to leave a car a few days (take the usual precautions)
Take the standard, East Slopes route to the summit of Mt. Shavano as described here. The route is rated Class 2, and route finding should be pretty easy going. You’ll start on the Colorado Trail, then take the Mt. Shavano Trail west until past treeline. From there, the trail will start to fade a bit, and some easy talus hopping will get you to the top of Mt. Shavano. Once on Shavano, it’s a mile or so additional talus hopping (Class 2) to the summit of Tabeguache Peak.
A seasonal creek runs alongside the trail up Mt. Shavano, fed by the Angel of Shavano snow field.
It’s also advised to just bring water from the start of the line. The next reasonable water source will be after you get down from Tabeguache Peak at Browns Creek, although some small snow fields may be present up high.
Copious amounts of camping spots are available at the Angel of Shavano trailhead, as well as on the road leading up to the trailhead. These sites will be fairly busy on a summer day.
You could also eek out a small camp away from a good water supply past the Angel of Shavano Trailhead, while on the Colorado Trail, but no great camping will be available once you turn onto the trail to Mt. Shavano.
Reverse the direction you came and go back to the Angel of Shavano Trailhead.
Dropping down to Brown’s Creek is also an option (route narrative in the next section), but would be more difficult (but still Class 2) terrain, and a much longer distance back to the Angel of Shavano Trailhead.
Beginning at the Angel of Shavano Trailhead, stay on the Colorado Trail heading north, rather than turning west onto the Mt. Shavano Trail.
Continue hiking north on the Colorado Trail, until you reach Little Browns Creek Trail. Take Little Browns Creek Trail west.
Little Browns Creek Trail will terminate and join the Nolans route at a 4WD track (CR 278).
- Slow-lans Introduction
- Caltopo Route Map Legend
- Start to Shavano + Tabeguache
- Tabeguache Peak to Mt. Antero
- Mt. Antero to Mt. Princeton
- Mt. Princeton to Mt. Yale
- Mt. Yale to Mt. Columbia and Mt. Harvard
- Mt. Oxford, Mt. Belford and Missouri Mountain
- Additional Resources
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