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|2016-01-18||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Road to the TH: The highest we could drive was about a mile below the old mine building described in the trailhead guide, which makes for a slightly longer day than described in the official route description. With a very high clearance vehicle with 4WD and snow tires it may be possible to get a little higher, but not much. Trail: The road up the valley is fairly deep in snow for the first ~2 miles; we found snowshoes to be very useful. However, when we got to the Forest Service gate, we stashed the snowshoes and boot hiked the rest of the way with very little post-holing as the road is clear most of the way (Photo #1). Ridge and Peak: The ridge was extremely windy, with significant amounts of blowing snow that made the traverse along the ridge pretty hairy. On the upside, the wind seems to be keeping the ridge fairly snow free, so footing isn‘t a big problem.
|2016-01-18||Route: South Slope
Info: Just a a couple of pictures to go along with Andrew‘s (aholle8 conditions report. It is possible to skin/ski an almost continuous line from car to summit and back. We took off our skies for a short section along the road and then just before accessing the ridge (seen at the center of the first picture). The snow here was pretty thin and hard-packed. We didn‘t see much evidence of someone else having been there the day before, and winds were really picking up on our descent. Fortunately for us, we never found any of that waist-deep snow he was referring to.
|2016-01-17||Route: South Slope
Info: Caution with the south gully direct right now, it is loaded with waist deep snow. I was up there today and stayed close to the left side near the rocks which was pretty quick going. Made it to about 13.5-13.8 (waypoint 130 of 149), goggles froze up from the moisture..both pair... so I decided it was time to turn around. It was a complete whiteout the whole way up/down so I couldn‘t get any good looks at the top section of the gully, but I‘d recommend staying to the left of the gully near the rocks to avoid any issues with potential slides. The slow was heavy/wet up higher, soft/powdery on the road. Road is plowed to the straight section with trees on your left, about a mile below Leavick. About 6-12 inches of snow on the road from parking to the turn-off, snowshoes/skins required on ascent. There is a section or 2 closer to the turn off that is wind blown and void of snow. The trench I put in on the way up was gone by the time I came down (10am to 330pm), so don‘t expect it to be there, sorry folks. Also be careful with the road while driving, there is a big patch of ice (you can drive over it, but use caution) about 1/2 mile before the parking zone. No pictures today, just visualize a lot of white and that was the view.
|2016-01-03||Route: South Slope
Info: Had only this weekend free to fit this in to our schedules. Watched weather for prior 2 weeks & lucked out in major way. Highs of 20s on summit with essentially no wind. Camped night of 1/2 near 12.5K feet. Windy that night, wind chill -13 but wind stopped by 8AM. Couple other groups coming down on our way up on 1/2. Only one other lone hiker on 1/3. We used snow shoes almost entire way, but boots only on way down road on way back (had melted off a lot from 1/2 --> 1/3). Not much post holing with flotation. Total round trip was ~8 miles, able to park 0.75-1 mile from Leavick Site.
|2016-01-03||Route: South Slope
Info: A serious lack of snow for skiing but easy snowshoe/boot to summit. Cold early and then sunny cold temps. The road is okay to winter closure and then somebody had to tear it up, so it is rough snow up to the first mine building. After that the road is blown clear for the most part. Mostly rock to the south side of Sherman. The snotel report I looked at before going had said 24" but maybe in the trees not on the slopes or road. Snow on the saddle.
|2015-12-06||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: Road to the trail head required chains. Deep snow for the first half mile - snowshoes made this doable. Left the snowshoes next to the trail after about 3/4 of a mile and headed up to the summit. No snow until you hit the ridge, then it was pretty packed down - micro spikes would be helpful. The summit had windblown snow but was manageable. Very windy conditions on the summit.
|2015-11-21||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: The boss said to post a conditions report on Sherman, so here it is. Drove out to Sherman late on Saturday hoping that the temps would rise a bit and make the cold wind tolerable. We drove a stock 4Runner to the leavick mine site and stopped there because of deep snow on the road, however just after the mine the snow disappears and you can still drive up to the summer parking area. We walked up the dry road to the middle of the slope on the standard summer route before we decided to call it a day due to brutal wind! There was just enough snow to make lugging the skis up the road worth it. Just mind all those exposed rocks!
|2015-10-24||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Lots of snow patches make for good, but limited, snow climb to ridge. Some postholing to knees since no consolidated snow underneath, but nothing worth carrying snowshoes for, yet. Spikes were helpful. Pretty decent glissading on the descent.
|2015-10-10||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Sherman was clear of snow and ice, very nice today.
|2015-10-08||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Conditions were great today! Sunny and very little wind (which I hear is miraculous!). There was a little frost on the rocks early and maybe 1/2" of snow in a few spots along the crest of the ridge, but overall great conditions for hiking!
|2015-09-19||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Great hike, but encountered very windy conditions on the way to the summit. This surprised us as it was not in the forecast. Completed the summit in 1‘34" despite the severe winds on the way to the summit. Summit was not as windy.
|2015-09-18||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: EXTREMELY windy at the saddle and about halfway up from there to the summit (50 mph plus). Not as windy at the summit but still significant. This caught us off guard as that wasn‘t in the forecast. We went up the Fourmile Creek route and had planned to do both Gemini and Dyer and perhaps Sheridan. We made it up Gemini and turned around because the winds were picking up again. We made it back over the summit of Sherman and most people we encountered were headed back down rather than going for the summit due to the winds.
|2015-09-12||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Completed Mt Sherman today with our 5 and 2 year olds. Our daughters first 14er at 5 years old! Not too difficult of a hike just a little slow with kids. Winds on the saddle were at least 50 mph and cold
|2015-09-06||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Drove to the gate at 12,000. The gate was open but I don‘t think that is normal. Cars parked above the gate and below. You do not need 4 wheel drive. If there is such a thing as an "easy" 14er this is it. I think this is a steep incline but short for a 14er. There were a lot of people. Families with little kids. The wind was incredible. Several times I almost lost my footing due to the wind. This is NOT a pretty 14er. Rocks, rocks and more rocks Once you get to the top the views are amazing. Felt like the mall at Christmas with alllllllll the people.
|2015-08-28||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Route is clear to summit. Some snow patches enroute but off of the trail.
|2015-08-02||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: This is my 19th 14er summit this summer! Mount Sherman really is an intriguing hike with all the abandoned houses and mines. I definitely recommend is as a great late summer hike for families and beginners. I‘m planning on hiking 56 fourteeners this summer! Read more about this hike and others on my blog: Sunshineof1985.com! GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat (didn‘t need), light weight puffy coat (didn‘t need), lightweight gloves (didn‘t need), day pack with water sack, food, sunscreen, lip balm. Road Condition: The road seems to go on forever! There are a lot of jagged rocks on the road that make me squirm in my car seat. But a sedan should have no problems making it to the trailhead. Just make sure you have good tires. Trail Condition: You start above treeline which is pretty nuts. Needed to pull out my directions a couple times. Hiking with a lot of people made it a lot easier to find the trail. The trail is no longer hidden in snow as well. Trail is 98% clear of snow.
|2015-07-18||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: Trail completely snow free to the summit. Very loose conditions on trail in NW gully around 12,500‘.
|2015-07-16||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Several places where it was necessary to cross snowfield with moderate exposure below. We got through fine with no special equipment but microspikes would have been a great help especially for someone worried about exposure. Very windy conditions almost the entire way up and down the day of our climb; I am not sure if this is common on this route but it happened to us one other time several years ago. Small amounts of ice on the rocks on the class 2 portion near the top, combined with 30+ mph winds, made this a lot tougher than we counted on. I just wanted to pass this along in case someone new to climbing was looking for a really easy 14er to summit; Mount Sherman might not be the one unless the temperatures climb and the winds decrease.
|2015-07-11||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: The trail was almost completely clear of snow except for a few snow patches up to the ridge. In the morning, it was not too tough to hike up. Hiked down it around 12:30 and it was very slick. Poles were very helpful for keeping my balance. The summit still has quite a bit of snow on it but the trail is clear. Beautiful hike!
|2015-07-05||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: The first quarter mile is very wet and muddy, waterproof shoes were a good idea. There are patches of snow throughout the climb, but they can all be avoided or crossed easily without flotation or traction. Summit is still covered in a pile of snow. Easy climb in near ideal conditions, made it round trip in under 3 hours.