Hiking The Tabeguache Trail
The 50th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.
Saturday 24 March 2018 05:29 GMT
The Tabeguache Trail is a 142-mile trail that follows the Uncompahgre Plateau between Montrose and Grand Junction. The brown carbonite-post blazed route has over 5,800 feet of elevation change and the tread varies from easy to very difficult. The hiking trail is a mixture of public and private property, so bikers are encouraged to protect private property rights by closing gates, being watchful of livestock and camping only in approved campgrounds. The trail begins in Shavano Valley, 8 miles west of Montrose, and ends in No Thoroughfare Canyon between Grand Junction and the Colorado National Monument. Water can be found in most of the drainages and established campgrounds along the trial, but it should be filtered or treated before use. The trail is typically done from Montrose to Grand Junction, however, starting the trail from the Grand Junction side you will begin at the parking lot adjacent to Monument Rd. The trail weaves through canyons, mesas and the highlands of the Uncompahgre Plateau. The trail generally follows existing jeep trails with about 11 miles of single track.
To reach the northern terminus from Grand Junction, head north on US50 briefly to Grand Ave (aka SR 340). Turn left heading west on Broadway for 0.6 miles. Turn left heading west on Monument Road for 1.4 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left. There will be a large gravel parking lot on the left marked with a BLM sign for the Tabeguache Trail.
To reach the Montrose trailhead, drive 6 miles west on Spring Creek Road. Turn right at 58.75 Road and continue to 2+ miles to Kiowa Road, turn left and cross the valley to the Shavano Valley Road. The trail begins as a jeep road near the north end of the Shavano Valley Road.
Overall, Tabeguache Trail is the 50th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.