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Tabeguache Peak, Colorado

Tabeguache Peak's Elevation: 14,155 Feet

Tabeguache Peak's Rank Among Colorado's Fourteeners in Terms of Elevation: #25

Tabeguache Peak is located in the Sawatch Range

Tabeguache Peak is considered walkable

Best months for climbing Tabeguache Peak are June through September

Click here for a Mapquest map of Tabeguache Peak

Tabeguache Peak, with an elevation of 14,155 feet, is the 25th highest peak in the state of Colorado. Tabeguache is just north of Mount Shavano, and the two are usually bagged together. The Jennings Creek Trail was once considered the best route to Tabeguache, but the Forest Service closed Jennings Creek in 2002 due to erosion and the Blank Gulch / Mount Shavano route is considered the best approach to Tabeguache's summit.

To reach the trailhead for the Blank Gulch trail, head south for over 20 miles on US 285 from Buena Vista and turn right onto CR 140. After 1.7 miles, turn right onto CR 250 and take that for four miles before taking CR 252. Cross Placer Creek 2.5 miles later, and you'll reach the Blank Gulch trailhead 2.5 miles after the creek. The Blank Gulch route also has the advantage of giving you the best view of the Shavano Angel (assuming it's early enough in a year that isn't too dry, and that therefore there is an Angel). The Blank Gulch trail will take you north of the Angel, and to the ridge which includes Mounts Shavano and Tabeguache. From Shavano's summit, descend to head northwest along the saddle before ascending 435 feet to top Tabeguache as well.

Sources:,, Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 1: The Northern Peaks

This page last updated 8/15/06

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