Mt Shavano Standard


Elevation Gain4,568ft
Trailhead Elevation12,819ft
Elevation Min/Max9884/14217ft
Elevation Start/End12819/12860ft

Mt Shavano Standard

Mt. Shavano (Standard) is a hiking trail in , Colorado. It is within San Isabel National Forest. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 12,819 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,568 feet. The trail ends near Mount Shavano (elevation 14,157 feet). This trail connects with the following: Angel of Shavano (SNOW Route), Tabeguache Peak and Colorado Trail (Segment 14).

Mt. Shavano (Standard) Professional Reviews and Guides

"Endurance is required, but no technical skill, in hiking up a pair of Sawatch Range giants. When hiking up fourteeners, there are two types of difficulty. There is the technical difficulty related to the care, dexterity and skill required in negotiating rocky terrain. There is also the stamina required. Length and elevation gain are important in this second category.

These two fourteeners pose no technical difficulties in good weather, but do require stamina and endurance. This is only one of several ascent routes of these two high peaks. The route uses a small segment of the Colorado Trail, before ascending past the unique snow pattern, visible for miles around, known as the “Angel of Shavano,” from a romantic (and dubious) legend centering on an Indian princess (who no doubt worked for the local Chamber of Commerce.) The snow usually melts by July."

Mt. Shavano (Standard) Reviews

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon1 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
Awesome hike with some of the greatest views sown into Salida, Buena Vista and the rest of the Arkansas River Valley. Lots of forest hiking and once above treeling you are treated to views of the Angel of Shavano snowfield. The winds were horrible the day I hiked this trail and fighting those winds took enough out of me that I scrapped plans to traverse across and summit Tabeguache Peak also. Maybe next time though. This hike is a little tougher than Mt. Elbert or Handies Peak but is woth the extra work.

Mt. Shavano (Standard) Photos

Help others discover amazing sights!

Trail Information

Skill Level
USGS Maysville, Mount Antero
Local Maps