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2012-04-10  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Road conditions were great as we made it to the gate closure at approximately 12,000 ft. I was able to post a full report under TR and this should be of help with anyone heading up soon. I‘d imagine that conditions are only going to get better (dryer) so that means clearer trail markings, etc. Mtn Izz   2012-04-11  0     Edit Delete 
2012-03-31  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Depending on your vehicle, you can get up past the winter closure area. In a sedan we made it a bit past the plowed bit, which turning into a 10 mi RT for Sherman which we did in 6 hrs. The road has a few drifts to walk on, but snowshoes or microspikes are not needed. There is a snow field to travel up as you make your way up to the saddle. I found my microspikes very helpful for that snow field and a small portion of the summit pitch along the ridgeline. You could porbably do fine without microspikes, but I found the extra traction helpful, especially on my descent. BigfootUSAF   2012-03-31  0     Edit Delete 
2012-03-25  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  The road starts out very snowy (no snowshoes needed - just walk on it) but the snow slowly disappears as you gain elevation. Past the 12,000‘ gate the trail is pretty dry for a while, and then you will cross a couple snowfields while making your way up to the saddle. The last hundred feet or so to the saddle is a free-for-all since the east wall of the saddle has hung onto its snow (was safe today, but always be careful). The northern part of the saddle has somewhat of a cornice. The ridge is all dry until you get close to the summit. I wore spikes for a total of about 10 minutes on Sherman while ascending the snow to the saddle, but they could have been helpful on any of the snowy areas. In the afternoon, the road will have soft snow and will be muddy as well. If you really want to, you can take snowshoes with you but the post-holing isn‘t that bad. I never sunk in much farther than my ankles, just follow the bootpack and watch your step. Here‘s a picture of Sherman from Sheridan today (3/25): Tony1   2012-03-25 1     Edit Delete 
2012-03-14  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Was able to get up to the "normal winter closure near 11,100" before having to park it. I was in 4x4 truck and could have probably pushed though a bit farther but not enough more to risks getting stuck and having to dig. There was a few spots (I think 4), on the road, where drifts were but had already been punched though--this being said I do believe that a car or other non-4x4 could make it to the 11,100‘ mark. I didn‘t have snowshoes nor would I have wanted them. There was a few places (a 100-200 yard strip here and there) that one could have worn them but for the most part they would have been a waste. Skiing and boarding are defiantly a no go in my opinion. I had a set of MICROspikes with me and again would only wear them for a few yards here and there. When I did wear the spikes, they were helpful and I would recommend taking them along. bhollamby   2012-03-14 4     Edit Delete 
2012-02-04  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Good winter conditions on the mountain. You need snowshoes once off the road on the normal winter route. No real avy danger anywhere on the route. Looks like some decent ski conditions. Jay521   2012-02-05 3  3    Edit Delete 
2012-01-29  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  the standard route appears to be at high risk for avalanches. The ridge is not safe to pass. You can scale the south east face of Sherman but it‘s quite steep, has some snow on it and is covered in loose rock. Another couple made it too the peak on the snow route, snow shoes were mandatory for them and highly suggested for the standard route. The road in is shut down approximately 3 miles below the gate and makes for a heck of a walk. The first mile or so is in 8" of powder. It is doable but is a good 14 mile jaunt. Expect it to take all day! Medic-5150   2012-01-29  0  2    Edit Delete 
2012-01-10  Four Mile Creek  Parked at the winter trailhead parking area at about 11,000 feet. One vehicle went up to the the gate at the summer trailhead last weekend but, still is restricted to high clearance 4wd only. Was the only one on the mountain 1/10. BostonBD   2012-01-11 1  3      
2012-01-03  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Not really a winter ascent, except for what it said on the calendar. I was on bare ground for a large part of the walk, and never needed snowshoes. markf   2012-01-04  0     Edit Delete 
2012-01-01  picked out way on east/south face  Like the previous report--we parked about, oh, half mile below Leavick site. Sunny day. Microspikes needed at times.. Road condition to parking was fine. Since we hadn‘t done the peak before, had a helluva time finding trail. Ended up criss crossing east face... windy for most of the way--except on top where it calmed down and gave us an opportunity to have some tea. Then decided to come down south-eastern ridge--which appeared to offer a gentler descent than the route-picking we did on the way up. As soon as we started descending--an incredible wind from the northwest starting battering us--the snowshoes tied to our packs acted as sails, and there were a few very dicey moments...yes, there were. on the ridge being scooted around by the wind my partner yells out--"don‘t think I can keep going this way!" Me, in my best "south-col-Everest" impression shouts out "We can‘t--we‘ve got to keep going!!" sigh. helluva day. Harry-4   2012-01-02  0  2      
2011-12-28  Var. East Slopes from 4mi  Sherman -> Gemini -> White Ridge. Not skiable. -Parked about 0.4 mi below Leavick (a hefty 4wd may be able to break through the drifted section). -Followed standard Fourmile approach up to about Hilltop Mine (no snowshoes or traction used). - Contoured right to White Ridge/Sherman saddle before gaining Sherman from the NE (avoided winds on summit ridge; a couple wind-loaded slopes but plenty of lines through - ice axe used to chop steps/test snow). -Descended NW to Gemini (no traction/snowshoes). -Contoured around Sherman and gained White Ridge (no snowshoes/traction needed). -Descended SE via rock band by Leavick site (still very low avy danger, snow to road was too powdery for snowshoes. No traction used). Monster5   2011-12-28  0       
2011-12-26  West Slopes from Iowa Gulch  Trailhead: A few spots on the dirt road up to the summer trailhead demand a decent 4WD; it is actually bare in many spots but for these drifts. Good clearance 4WD can make it all the way to the summer trailhead. Route: Snow sucks. There‘s a bit of crust on top of very dry sugar snow. Nothing seems to get really good purchase (snowshoes, crampons, and/or microspikes). It‘s about knee to hip high. Snowshoes are required crossing the willows to the gully. Once you make to the gully, you have mixed snow and tallus; take whatever route works for your traction. Ice ax is strongly recommended for the bit of traverse as you approach the gully. There are a few spots where the runout at the bottom of a slide would be less than ideal. Jyak   2011-12-26  0  3    Edit Delete 
2011-12-24  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Had to park about a 20 minute hike from the huge deserted house thing (Levick site I think?). I really regretted now bringing show shoes. It would have made my time from the parking spot to the gate soooo much faster. I would say that the snow is about 8" deep in most places, probably more. Past the gate things get a bit better. CinciKid   2011-12-24 4  3    Edit Delete 
2011-11-19  South Slope  Road open almost to Leavick site, large trucks/ 4x4‘s could probably make it all the way. Cold and windy day, not a lot of snow in the drainage, I brought skis hoping to make use of them, left them with the vehicle. Snow shoes were definitely not necessary, I only used them on a 1/2 mile section of the road, and that could have been avoided. May want yak-trax or something like them, a few sections were a bit icy, we did it with out them and were just fine. A storm was coming in later in the day, could have dumped enough snow to need snowshoes, but majority of route was fairly devoid of snow. primary332   2011-11-20  0  2    Edit Delete 
2011-10-23  Sheridan  The road to the trail head is completely clear. Most of the trail is too. We actually climbed Sheridan, but got some good looks at Sherman. But snow is predicted for midweek, so this might be all wrong by next weekend. JQDivide   2011-10-23  0       
2011-10-13  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  My climbing partner and I had tried to find updated peak info on here before going but didn‘t see anything and thought we‘d chance it, and wanted to let everyone know the conditions as recently as possible in hopes others are looking to get one more summit in before winter. Some snow in places, sometimes up to our knees but we managed just fine with hiking boots and trekking poles - didn‘t even need microspikes. The biggest issue when we went was the wind, especially on the ridge. It definitely got worse as the day went on - we left the trailhead (the road, by the way, is completely clear) around 0800 and returned around 1400. Not really any ice and not really anything truly treacherous. Unless it‘s dumped up there since we last went, I‘d highly encourage giving it a try! lafutura   2011-10-17  0     Edit Delete 
2011-09-25  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Route has some ice along the ridge. With good foot placement you‘ll be fine. tjerasdave   2011-09-25  0     Edit Delete 
2011-09-24  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Trail was free of snow almost all the way. There were just patches of snow here and there as you neared the last 500 feet in elevation. Patches of snow at the top. Weather was warm and snow was melting. If they have sunny weather all week and no more snow I‘d be surprised if there was much of any snow at all by next weekend. Hiked in trail runner shoes; no poles, and no yak tracks and was fine. Lots of scree to hike through for a lot of the hike. No snow on the road yet to the TH and you can park at or below the gate at 12,000 feet in any vehicle. lzinsmaster11   2011-09-26  0     Edit Delete 
2011-09-23  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  An absolute beautiful bluebird day. Very little snow left from last week‘s storm. Approach road clean and dry. Aspen starting to change above the 10,000 ft level RckyMtBob   2011-09-23  0     Edit Delete 
2011-09-18  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Mostly sunny, but very windy on the ridge leading to the summit. Patchy snow above about 12,800. Not deep enough to need gaiters, and still fresh enough to not to need microspikes. Trekking poles were useful to hold on against the wind gusts alanecharlesworth   2011-09-19 2     Edit Delete 
2011-07-22  Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek  Route was clear except for a short snow field crossing just past the mine as you are trying to gain the ridge for the summit push. The snow is soft and has a very low exposure so no traction devices are needed. mrschaible   2011-07-25 4     Edit Delete 

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