Starting at the Angel of Shavano Trailhead take the Colorado Trail north towards the Mount Shavano Trail. Before, you reach the Mount Shavano Trail, about 1 1/2 miles north, take the jeep road heading west. The jeep road deadends at an old mining area. This is were the route begins, there are no visible trails or markers.
The only signs of a trail are an occasional cairn and a few sawed off tree limbs here and there. You will have to bushwack your way straight up the mountain out of the trees to the ridge. Once you reach the treeline, looking north you should see the Mount Shavano Trail on the south side of the ridge to your north. You will be paralleling this trail up towards Espirit Point. The ridge turns into a scramble near the top. Once you reach the top turn right, or north, and following the ridge over and down to the Mount Shavano saddle. From here you climb the 800 ft to the summit up the south side of Mount Shavano using the standard route.
This route is very fun for a beginning scrambler, but does add a couple of hours to the Mount Shavano climb.
Since this route isn't on a trail, a compass and map, and the know-how to use them is required for the bushwacking section of the route below treeline.
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