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 Trailhead:  Iowa Gulch (Mosquito)
 Posted By:  darkhelmet1983
 Date of Information:  04/18/2012
 Date Posted:  04/19/2012
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A friend and I did Sherman yesterday 4/18/12 from the Iowa Gulch TH. He parked his truck at the lefthand turnoff for the Mt. Sherman Rd. as we planned to continue in my jeep and did not wish to clog up the road by parking his truck further. The road had previously been driven about 1.5 miles up. This stretch was mostly snow covered (few inches), beyond a few hundred yards past the turnoff, but had the ruts from a few previous vehicles. This stretch would be easy for any 4x4 and most AWDs also as the ruts are only few inches deep. After 1.5 miles and passing 2 SUVs who had turned around when ruts ended we broke trail on the road for another mile until the road was partially blocked by a solid snowdrift. This last mile was intermittent snow and drier road with the snowy parts mostly 3-5 inches deep snow with deepest parts maybe about 6 inches. Main concern would be to keep out of ditch on upslope side of road as most vehicles would be stuck if got in there. At the snowdrift point, sliding off the road meant a violent rollover and only about 1.5 feet of road was exposed next to the slope. We stopped here and parked and walked the road rest of way to TH. As something of a disclaimer, my jeep is a rigged out Cherokee: 5 inch lift, 33 in. mud tires, lockers and a winch as plan B and I am an very experienced off road driver. My ruts are nice and fat and a 4x4 should have little problem getting to where I parked but a descent uphill on return trip may be sketchy in mud and snow in the afternoon for many AWDs.


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