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|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!
|2015-06-22||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: Still pretty snowy in the low section approaching the gully. The gully trail is mostly snow free but for skiers you can still ascend from mid gully down to the valley floor. We woke up at 2:30am and were on the trail by 3:10am. A slight 10min delay taking some pictures of the Milky Way. The trail was dry from the saddle up to about 13,600‘ and interspersed with snow patches up to just below the peak which is still snow covered. High winds forced us to hunker down a few times, just guessing but around 50-60mph gusts. We reached the summit just in time for the sunrise at 5:40am. We descended at 6am and reached the TH at 7:50am.
|2015-06-20||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: The road to Sherman is clear all the way to the gate at 12,000‘. From there, the trail is mostly dry for about a mile or more. The southwest ridge and south slope still have a good bit of snow so spikes were useful. Snowshoes could be helpful if you get a late start but not necessary. The summit is still covered in snow as well. Some loose rock is exposed through the snow on the southwest route so the descent down the south slope was much easier.
|2015-06-20||Route: South Slope
Info: The South slope was still ski-able on Sat. June 20. Only one skier used it. We snowshoed up and down the South slope. There was Snow from the top almost all the way down to the road. Several others hiked the standard route, some with traction some without. Still a cornice on the ridge between Sheridan and Sherman, but mostly on the Sheridan side. JQ
|2015-06-17||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: We did not choose to climb the peak due to snow, and did not have the experience to deal with snow. Also the stream was flowing fast from snow melt. Here is a video I took from the trailhead. https://youtu.be/no3K_N9jXkI
|2015-06-13||Route: South Slope
Info: The road is now completely free of snow. Started at 5:30 AM and ascended with micro-spikes. Used snowshoes on the 2nd half of the descent due to post-holing. If you don‘t spend a lot of time at the summit, or start earlier you can do the whole descent with just spikes before the snow starts to thaw. I personally feel like the southwest ridge route should be avoided for a little while longer due to all of the wet slide activity above the route (see photo); however, there were many people climbing the avy debris up to the ridge.
|2015-06-13||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Started at 6 am. Trail was very easy to follow with little snow problems till after the last mining camp. Spikes or snowshoes recommend. We just followed the postholes to the summit. A few groups without spikes did not risk the final asend to the summit which would have been very sketcy without spikes. The snow on the way down seemed to posthole pretty easy so just sliding down seemed to be the solution. Overall the trail is easily defined by the old foot holes and the snow will be melting fast.
|2015-06-11||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: Had a look at the route from the parking area today and did‘nt like it. Lots of slides over the route and any good alternatives . I went up Dyer instead.
|2015-06-07||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Road was in good condition up to 11.2 miles. A few easy snow drifts up to that point with the snow line after 11.2 miles.
|2015-05-31||Route: South Slope
Info: Similar to the report from Saturday. We parked at the Leavick Rd turnoff about a mile or so before the old mine site on the road. Put skis on from there and were able to skin the road all the way without removing skis. Snow was hardpack in the AM due to cloudy skies and people were walking up on boots, skins still stuck well. The winter ascent is still in affect, meaning you climb to the SE ridge of Sherman then the summit as there is a solid cornice guarding most of the Sheridan/Sherman saddle from the Four Mile Creek side. Started our ski down under cloudy skies around 1130a, snow was still hardpack up top, but by the time we hit 13k the sun was starting to peak through and the snow was corning up nicely. If you hit the slope at the right time it should be a full on corn harvest. Back down on the road the snow was melting fast and all those without flotation were postholing. The road is melting out fast and I‘d imagine that very soon the snow will no longer be continuous on the road and there will be large patches of dirt/rock to navigate on skis. The upper slopes are holding TONS of snow and will be a great ski for quite a bit longer.
|2015-05-30||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Parked at the winter TH about a mile before Leavick. The road is covered with snow the rest of the way, some places between 1-2 ft deep, so it will likely be some time before it is drivable to the closed gate. Microspikes were all that were needed for the ascent as the freeze the night before ensured the snow was thoroughly consolidated. Perfect conditions with little wind on the mountain and blue skies all day. The SW ridge is entirely covered in deep snow and seems solid, but I stayed away from the cornices. Get off the mountain early if it is a warm sunny day, because on the descent postholing became a problem, even with snow shoes.
|2015-05-30||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: I was able to go one mile past the cut off before I parked. The snow totally covers the road for a mile then clears out enough to go the last mile to the trailhead on dirt. I started a 3pm and needed snowshoes on the road and to the Sherman Sheridan saddle. Beyond the saddle the snow was solid enough to walk on with just boots.
|2015-05-24||Route: South Slope
Info: Members kylepb, phantomchameleon, and I met up on Sunday to ski/snowshoe Sherman. I know, I know...another CR on Sherman. Yes, this is possibly redundant but two things I thought should be mentioned: 1) The snow there continues to be off the chart right now and the skiing is unreal. 2) This is my first ski video. (MoneyMike: you are a badass and a motivator) Hopefully this encourages others. Being from AZ, snow wasn‘t really an option and I actually only played in snow once at 15 y.o. in Flagstaff. I learned to ski in Jan. 2014 at 39 y.o. when I took my first lesson at Loveland. I continued to ski last season and this one approximately 25 times. I think I picked it up quickly? In December ‘14 I took the Avy 1 course which required an AT setup, I rented a few times to practice and confirm I liked it, and I bought my AT set up this April. I have attempted 8 summits and only 4 were skied from. Given the lack of bluebird skies recently, not bad for a complete newbie! (I won‘t quit the day job for moving making either, haha) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJe_SgmT0SE BTW, best rookie error so far: Forgetting to turn the brake on while removing skins and having one ski take off (and almost lost) 300‘ down the wrong side of the mountain! yikes, that was scary...and a great lesson learned.
|2015-05-18||Route: South Slope
Info: I was able to sneak in a ski of Sherman this morning with my sister, before the next heavy snowstorm started (it‘s supposed to last through tomorrow). Sherman! Normally, it‘s not much to look at, but right now Sherman is a thing of beauty. We drove to about a mile from Leavick and got continuous snow from there to the top. The ski down wasn‘t much fun at first - visibility deteriorated to the point where we couldn‘t see beyond 40 feet, and the beautifully thorough snow coverage and dense cloud/fog made everything look white except one‘s ski partner. We got a bit lost, but were able to traverse our way to the White Ridge face (above the drainage)...from there, we were able to see the drainage enough to find our way back down. After that, it was smooth sailing! So, go get Sherman while it‘s good, bring a GPS or avoid bad weather, and wear sunscreen! (even if you‘re in a cloud almost all morning, the sun can still figure out a way to burn you, as I am painfully realizing now!) Photos: 1) Sheridan coverage 2) Approaching the "crux" slope with the best view of Sherman we got all morning 3) Much snowy prettiness (from 13,600-ish) 4) Topping the "crux" with a brief moment of sun, got a little bit off-route due to poor visibility and ended up bootpacking steeper terrain to the summit ridge 5) Last summit push - another brief moment where clouds lifted 6) Fluffy! One more rare moment with visibility on Sherman‘s summit before the ski