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Route  Conditions Information  Posted By   Posted On    Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-11-09  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  You can avoid snow to the saddle. After that it is firmly packed to the summit. dash83   2014-11-09  0     Edit Delete 
2014-10-25  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Some snow, mainly higher up. Some care might be needed gaining the saddle and a few spots on the ridge. Recommend poles. We used our MicroSpikes on the way down, but not on the way up. MountainHiker   2014-10-25 4     Edit Delete 
2014-10-18  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Snow here and there on the trail...deeper snow before the summit but nothing crazy. Neither snowshoes nor microspikes really required, even to get down Fr3ako   2014-10-18 2     Edit Delete 
2014-10-11  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Drove all the way to gate. We started hiking around 7:30 and had limited visibility so we had to keep looking for route, which was also covered in snow. You can get an idea where the road/trail is but still a little tricky. The wind really picked up once you gained the ridge, which made it more difficult to see. Postholed a lot is an understatement since i think we were the first ones to gain summit. Some drifts were quite deep, especially on ridge. We made summit and then started to descend only to find that our tracks had already been covered by the wind. As we got closer to the saddle visibility started to open up and we could see all the way down. kc_hiking   2014-10-11  0     Edit Delete 
2014-10-05  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Some snow once on the ridge but it isn‘t too bad. I was in trail runners and never wished I had anything heavier. Never felt the need for gaiters or traction either. skik2000   2014-10-06  0     Edit Delete 
2014-09-14  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  The road and trail were completely clear of any snow; in fact there was no evidence of any of the recent snowfall anywhere on the mountain. The ridgeline from the saddle up to the summit was INSANELY windy...like I‘ve never experienced before on a 14er before; but the summit itself was pleasant and just a tad breezy. bdavis   2014-09-15 1     Edit Delete 
2014-08-31  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Trail was dry the entire way. We had some super gusty winds on the ridge, but then it was very calm on the summit. We also had a little bit of snow showers, but none of the snow stuck. vusteph   2014-09-01  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-11  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  There are only two small snow fields beneath the saddle. Neither field is more than 50 feet across. Poles are helpful, but both fields can be traversed without poles or traction. There is lingering snow at the summit, but it doesn‘t interfere with the trail. The snow on Sherman was pretty tricky last month, but it has finally melted to the point where Sherman is now a good choice for folks looking for a relatively easy first 14er hike. benmetz   2014-07-12 1     Edit Delete 
2014-07-06  West Slopes from Iowa Gulch  Beautiful day to hike Mount Sherman from Iowa Gulch trailhead. Getting to the trailhead was fine on a 2wd SUV. There was one section of a rock slide about .25 miles from the trailhead that could be tricky for a car with limited clearance. The trail beginning had only a few swampy sections, but easily traversed by jumping some rocks. There was a few patches of snow on the trail, but nothing that couldn‘t be walked around. dpradas   2014-07-06  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-03  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Other than a snow bank before the saddle (that can mostly be avoided), the trail is clear up to the summit. No need for any traction. For a faster decent, take the slide that somebody carved out in the snow bank. awake   2014-07-03  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-01  South Slope  Nice climb up the drainage. Started at 0615 and snow was solid. Climbed with BD Contact Strap crampons over trail shoes and trekking poles. Snow almost all the way to the summit except for a 500‘ talus climb under the summit snowfield. Very foggy, couldn‘t see the summit until I reached it. Got back to the drainage/road intersection at 0945. Snow was still solid, no post-holing at all. Vinny   2014-07-01  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-28  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  As I think was everywhere on Saturday pretty cloudy and windy. Anyways its pretty much smooth sailing aside from a sizeable snowfield. I started around 5:45AM and it was still rock hard for me. Microspikes would be nice for this patch if you go early, else just wait til later when things soften up and you can kick. I used rocks myself, but trekking poles or any other equivalent would perhaps work nicer. On a positive note there is a carved out glissade slide that is very fun. cordisimo   2014-06-28  0  1    Edit Delete 
2014-06-20  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  I didn‘t intend to hike a 14er Friday but finding myself at the Colorado Trail TH at Kenosha Pass with only one mountain bike cleat (lord knows where I left the other one) I decided to push past the pass and into mining country to kill time until I could purchase a replacement shoe. I concluded it was time to check the Sherman box. The road is clear to the gate and driving a Prius I was able to make it the last pullout just before the gate without any trouble. The gate was open. There are a couple of small patches of snow between the gate and the slope to the saddle. Neither pose technical challenges. The slope to the saddle holds a 100‘-200‘ slope of snow. A staircase has been kicked in for the entire ascent up the slope. Adjacent to the staircase is a deep(ening) glissade channel. The summit is holding snow but nothing technical. Snow was firm at 9:30, but by 11:00am it was softening. I post-holed the first step of the decent down the slope, and opted for a standing glissade down. Wearing trailrunners I made the ascent in ~1h25m, and the descent in ~35m. tlongpine   2014-06-23  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-16  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Road is clear and in good condition. 2wd cars can make it to main parking area at 4 Mile creek. 4wd can make it to upper part of the road. Trail was clear to summit (south ridge) from 4 Mile creek, with exception of 1 large snow drift near saddle. Easy to navigate around this drift. Cornices still present on the snowpack on the east slopes of surrounding mountains and are starting to break loose. Lucky Day   2014-06-18  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-14  from Mosquito Pass  Snowfree access from Mosquito Pass to Sherman via the ridgeline (Mt Evans, Dyer, Gemini). There are some good options for a thin ski descent, but it‘s great hiking right now. I did hear that some Iowa Gulch hikers were struggling without crampons on their way up. ulvetano   2014-06-15 1       
2014-06-07  West Slopes from Iowa Gulch  County Road 2 is clear until about mile five (zero is Main Street and East third street). After that there is significant snow on the road to the summer Iowa Gulch car park. The first mile of the trail is covered in significant snow. We turned around after post-holing between knee and hip deep in this basin. From our brief scouting trip, the gulch between Sherman and Sheridan appears relatively free of snow. ekviatnie   2014-06-08  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-05  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  There has been decent freeze the last couple of nights. Today you could do the whole thing without snowshoes or crampons or ax. This presumes an early start. The south slopes looked pretty thin. I am not sure there is a continuous line to ski or climb. Nelson   2014-06-05  0  1    Edit Delete 
2014-05-04  South Slope  My buddy and I had a 7am start from the end of the plowed road. Don‘t be tempted to drive up the road as we saw both a Jeep and an Explorer stuck in the snow when returning to our car later in the day. No snowshoes or traction required for us, though we were post-holing a bit the last mile on our way back at around 11:30. VERY windy towards the summit (to the point of blowing us over); but at least it wasn‘t bitterly cold. Saw a couple of cornices off to the left; but the avalanche danger seemed minimal along the South Slope route. All told it was a 4.5 hour round trip for us (2 young men in our mid-20s). Photo #1: Looking southwest towards Mt. Sheridan on the way to the summit Photo #2: View from the summit jladderud   2014-05-04 2     Edit Delete 
2014-02-28  West Slopes from Iowa Gulch  Parked at the CR2/dirt road intersection (not drivable past this point) and were able to skin up to around 13,000‘ before it got too rocky/wind-swept. No avalanche danger right now on this route if you follow the standard west slopes route (though that might change after this current storm). We put our skis on our packs around 13,000‘ and angled up towards Sherman‘s SW ridge. Around 13,500‘ we decided to ditch our packs since the wind was so bad that the skis on our packs were acting as wind sails and throwing us around everywhere. Despite the awesome sunny weather and relatively mild temperatures all day, the wind was so bad that at times we had to crawl and had serious doubts as to whether we‘d be able to summit (plus we had 2 dogs with us...although they seemed to handle the wind better than we did!). Once you get to around 13,800‘ on the ridge there is more snow, and a ski descent from the summit would be feasible, though you‘d have to take off your skis for the bare section between 13,000‘ and 13,800‘. sstratta   2014-03-01 4  3    Edit Delete 
2014-01-25  South Slope  The access road to Sherman has a very packed trail, easily hiked without snowshoes. We turned off shortly before where the route description suggests to be able to use mostly dry ground on the way up. The largest drainage on the right of the road has a cornice at the top; I suggest going around that drainage by staying higher rather than lower. The snow on the way up the wide south slope "gully" was good and not deep. I highly suggest microspikes (or crampons if you want to carry them) since some of it has solidified and is slick. However, you can also stick to just mostly rock on the way up this as well. We cut over to Gemini too and it was almost completely dry the whole way. I also included a picture of Sheridan for those who may want to attempt it. As of the date of this report, it looked possible to hike pretty much completely dry. Tony1   2014-01-26 4  1  Edit Delete 

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