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|2016-08-02||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: Had a great time heading up Mt. Sherman this morning under an awesome sky full of stars with minimal cloud cover. Obviously full summer conditions to the top. Great views of the milky way and the Perseids are definitely starting to heat up and we were able to see many shooting stars since the moon was so dim. Was definitely a nice relaxing climb after South Maroon last week. This was summit #25 for me and #17 for my dog! (he just did Wetterhorn last week and is now ready for class 3 so watch out!) Trailhead 1:50am - Summit 3:15am - Finish 4:15ish - Total hiking time with breaks 3:13. Took a brief break on the summit to clean up trash and fix the large american flag that had fallen and was buried under a few rocks on the summit. Old Glory is now flying true again! I want to take a moment here (I know this should be trip reports) to comment on the absolutely unacceptable amount of trash I took off the mountain with me today. I have attached a photo here which contains a photo of just what the dog packed out. ALL of my pockets were also loaded with small garbage (wrappers, hair ties, ect.). Of the 25 Summits I have completed many were "high popularity" trails and even Bierstadt, Elbert, and Quandary had less refuse floating about. The summit of Sherman almost looked like a typical abused car camping fire ring........ My favorite piece of garbage was the "Mt Sherman 1st 14er!" sign that someone chose to simply toss after taking a photo. Lets keep these mountains clean so we can all enjoy them for many years to come!
|2016-07-23||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: My hiking partner and I arrived at the Four Mile Creek trailhead around 6:15 (Sat, July 23). By then, there were about 6 cars in the big parking lot just past the ruined Leavick Mine building. We drove to the gate and found about 10 other cars. Because the gate was open, about 5 cars drove up and parked right by the Hilltop mine ruins (another 1/4 mile up). By the time we started climbing, there was a small crowd of us going up. Temp was in the low 50s. Taking the typical route to the Southwest Ridge, there was only 1 major snow pile near that Ridge with the snow already packed down by the many hikers. No poles needed there. The hike along the ridge did become a big harrowing in the narrowest places (about halfway between the Southwest Ridge and the Summit) as the wind was blowing us around. The trail was on the west size of the rocky ridge with little support on the west side. These are seen in photo #12 and #13 here. I'd suggest gloves as holding onto the cold rocks was not fun esp with the blowing wind. We got to the summit around 2 hours later (at 8am). Temp was in the 40s there. There was only about 5 other people. By the time we started our way down, there was a steady stream of hikers and dogs. Hiking poles def helped coming down that narrow section. On the way day, we did very to the south of the Hilltop mine ruins and took a steep rocky trail down that eventually met up with the main trail. There was another small snow pile on the way that was packed down. I'd do not recommend coming down this way unless you really want to see the ruins of the Prospect Mine. Otherwise, just come back down the same way you came up. The entire trip took about 3 hours. No rain luckily.
|2016-07-09||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: We left Denver around 4 am to beat the crowds. Arrived at the trailhead around 6 am and were able to park right up front by the gate (there were about 8-10 other cars). Weather was perfect and we were at the old mineshaft right about the time the sunlight hit. Lots of wildflowers everywhere this time of year. It got to be pretty windy once we got above the old mineshaft. There are a couple of small snowfields - no big deal but they are a bit slippery so I would recommend poles. Rest of the hike was a breeze - made it to the summit a little before 8 am. It was windy up top but there is lots of space to sit and hang out. We were down off the spine around 9:00 and there were a ton of people coming up at this point. Made it back down to the trailhead a little before 10 am. Great, easy hike!
|2016-07-08||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Route still holds a couple areas of very very brief post hole potential on the slopes heading up to the Sherman/Sheridan saddle. Ridge from the saddle up is entirely snow free. Summit still holds snow near the trail and there are a couple of short glissade opportunities still available above the Hill Top mine.
|2016-07-05||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: Trail conditions were fantastic. Only traversed shallow snow maybe 10 yards all together. Summited today at 11:30 am
|2016-07-03||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Started around 7am and was done by 10am. My little VW Jetta was able to make it all the way to the top gate. Only 2 small snowpatches to cross, or the option to take a path around. Wonderful glacier slide down! Top was chilly, windy, and very foggy but was a wonderful day out.
|2016-06-26||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Left the trailhead around 8am. Trail was almost completely dry except for the ascent to the ridge (which was really fun to slide down!). Ridge line to the peak was very, very windy but doable. The peak was surprisingly less windy than the ridge line up!
|2016-06-25||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Drove all the way to the trailhead (Jeep). Very little snow, did not need spikes. Start early to beat the crowds and families. We did not use trekking poles and didn't wish for them either. There was one area of snow where you could slide down and we did! It was a blast. All around enjoyable trip other than the crowds of people. Started out warm, needed a long sleeve light layer and ear protection about half way up due to the wind. We also wore gloves for a brief spell just to keep our fingers warm.
|2016-06-20||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: The standard route is 98% dry with very little snow anywhere.
|2016-06-18||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: trail road was completely clear to the gate, which IS open, by the way. there were a couple patches of snow to cross on the way up to the summit, but otherwise great conditions. 2 good glissading spots to get down, but i doubt they will last much longer. i did not bring spikes, however, this was the only trip in my life i wished i'd had trekking poles for! started at 5am, summited at 7, 1-1/2 hours at the summit, and 1-1/2 hours to get down.
|2016-06-18||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Our group decided to bring microspikes and ice axes, but we never used them (we saw about 40 people on the trail, one was wearing spikes). The trail was well traveled and the few sections that required traversing snow were hard packed with firm footprints in the morning. Most of the snow can be avoided. We postholed a few times on the descent once it got warmer. Two areas on the descent were perfect for glissading, I used my heels to brake and didn't need the ice ax.
|2016-06-16||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: Besides the start of the route being a cluster-cuss, the routes in good shape to peak easily. The entire summit is a few feet under snow, but the finish is more fun than I thought it would be. On the start, what I mean is that as well as there being a hard-to-spot trail entrance and general lack of trailhead, the trail goes in and out of willows, snow, and a small ravine that is mostly snow-bridged over. After that, on the slopes leading up to the drainage of the saddle, there are some 50-75 yard snow drifts that need to be carefully kick-stepped and crossed. Take caution in the dawn when its still frozen and on the descent when its mushy and slippery. Nothing too serious, just be cautious - I came across of group of college kids who had split up and were giving bad route advice to each other - had to let some borrow my trekking poles and spot them across some steeper sections in the snow as they were nervous about the situation. Please keep your groups together, don't wear tennis shoes on 14er hikes, and stick to the trail.
|2016-06-16||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Great early season conditions! Road to the 12,000ft gate is totally clear (had no problems getting to it in my passenger car). Started hiking at 5:20am. The snow left on the trail was still pretty firm that early in the day, but I did okay without Micro-spikes (even the gaiters weren't really needed). Everything above 13,600ft was still pretty much snow-covered, but very manageable. Hit the summit at about 7:01am. Saw only 7 other folks on the trail all day. On the descent I could tell that the snow was beginning to soften, so I'd say start early to avoid possible post-holing. Made it back down to the car by 8:19am.
|2016-06-12||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Started at 2:30, snow was soft and water was running down the road. Road was clear past the gatr to the mine site. Snow started in the slope to the saddle. Firm with lots of foot holds. The ridge to the summit was mostly dry. False summit slope was snow covered, micro spikes coukd be used here. Skied off the summit to the gully in between Sherman and White Ridge as thats the only continuous line down. Wint last much longer as ine spot gets real narrow. Made it all the way down snd walked 100 or so yards back to the car. Stsrted our decent at 8:30. Sno2 was firm up top but starting to soften. Some decent corn in the middle and collapsing and melting fast at the bottom.
|2016-06-11||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Fantastic day on Sherman, lots of people and great conditions. Left Denver at about 3:30am, started hiking at 6:30am. Road is clear all the way to the gate, as earlier reports indicate. Quite a few people in Yak Tracks and Microspikes, but no need for traction or floatation at all-- we did the whole thing in boots and gaiters. Snow was definitely softening around 9:30am and some major post-holing was going down. Saw quite a few skiers, not sure how they made it all the way down because the snow seemed pretty discontinuous! Great early season peak to get in shape!
|2016-06-09||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Drove all way to 12,000. you could even drive further past the gate (its open) but no space to park your car and if you park on the shoulder, someone could block your way later in the day. left 6:30 summit at 9. started the descent at 9;15 down at car by 10;15. Went down via the south slopes (the direct route) and the snow was punchy in the end, postholing to the thigh. so an early start is suggested since you will be still climbing on the snow on the ascent. all in all, probably the easiest 14er out there right now. i climbed with my sister and it was her first 14er and we still made decent time.
|2016-06-06||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: The road is clear all the way up to the gate (and then some). My boyfriend brought microspikes and I had snowshoes, but we didn't use them at all and completed the hike in snowboarding boots. He was leading and postholed maybe a handful of times. It was also pretty warm - we started the hike in pants and sweatshirts, but quickly changed to short and shirts. Rode down and ended up about 20 feet from the car. All in all, it was a perfect day and we saw maybe 6-8 people the whole day.
|2016-06-05||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Road conditions are great all the way up to the gate around 12k (I think). My friend and I opted to start at the Leavick Site just passed the mine building around 11,300 (based on iPhone) to add some distance and elevation. We started at 6:30 without our snowshoes but turned around to get them when some people on trail said we would wish we had them. Didn't need them! Oh well. I easily made it up and down in just microspikes and since my friend left hers at home on accident she just followed me but didn't use anything except her snowshoes for a small area coming down after the summit. She took them off once we started our glissade down (Sooo much fun. I may have went a little too fast at times!). 2.5hrs up and less than 2 hours down. All in all you do not need snow shoes if you follow the existing postholing, glissade when you can, and pick decent routes. By my count I'd say 20ish summits on Sherman but there we many others skiing Sheridan and others nearby.
|2016-06-04||Route: South Slope
Info: South Slope is great snow climb right now! The road melted out to the summer trailhead and plenty of glissades from the summit with more than 1000 feet glissading. A friend in the group skied summit to car fully connected. It's a gradual incline and very (very) low risk of slides on route and alpine start. Get it before it's gone! Saw equal glissades off the east face of Sheridan, the 13er neighbor. Still plenty of smaller cornices around Sherman's standard route.
|2016-05-29||Route: South Slope
Info: Road is clear all the way up to the Leavick mine site. Almost entire route from the 12,000' gate holds snow, and our entire group made it up with snowshoes. Most others were either in snowshoes or skins, however some made it up in microspikes as well. Post-holing pretty bad on the descent, especially getting back to the road. Great conditions for Memorial Day weekend!