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|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.
|2015-07-03||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Hey everyone, I think I may have lost an iPod touch at the trailhead at Mt. Sherman yesterday. Please contact me if you found it. Thanks. The trail was essentially clear of snow until you gain the ridge. It can be easily avoided until that point. Trekking poles or micro-spikes would be helpful but not entirely necessary.
|2015-06-27||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Lots of snow patches, but our group had no problem hiking up and down in the morning without any snow or ice equipment. You have to be careful though in some spots as the snow melts. The summit is still capped with snow.
|2015-06-25||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: I took a 14‘er virgin up with me on Thursday. We started at 7 am. The road is clear to the top gate. The trail is intermittently dry/wet for the first half, with a few patches of soft snow to post-hole (shin to knee-high) through. Once you get above the higher mining equipment, it starts to get snowy and slick. We came up the left side of the cornice with micro-spikes (we shared one pair, each wearing one on our downhill foot, as my friend didn‘t have any) and poles. Some people tried to come up more to the right to avoid risking the cornice, but it‘s pretty steep there and I saw people slipping and having to sit down a lot. Once you get up onto the ridge, you can choose your path to either come up across snow or stick to bare ground with some loose rocks. We peaked out at about 10 am. We were fortune that it was cloudy until we actually got to the peak, so the snow was still nice and firm. Then the sun came out and it started to get soft and more treacherous. We used trash bags to slide down the cornice and any snowy slopes we could find. So fun! I highly recommend traction, poles, and getting an early start. Very do-able, though!