| Mt. Sherman first 14er ascent!
My two older daughters wanted to try a 14er, they are 13 and 14. They both are avid rock climbers, both on competitive teams in Boulder, CO. The oldest injured her neck the day before the climb and could not go on the climb.
the 13 year old, Maddie, who can on-site 5.12-, and I decided to make the trip. We drove out early and were at the trailhead and ready to hike at 7 am. There were several other parties also leaving and about 5 other parties from the looks of the cars already on the mountain.
Maddie started out slow, and as we put in the time she got used to the altitude and was doing well, we made a couple of stops to look at the mine structures.
The goal, Mt. Sherman off to right of upper old mine structure shows an upper mine structure, with the summit off to the right.
The hike up is a wide path for the lower part, in fact, the lower lot gate was open, and some people were driving pretty far up the mountain. Easy path thus far,
Maddie, early in hike, Mt. Sherman upper right corner. shows the path, again, with Sherman up to the right.
The path is well marked, easy to follow. After you see the upper mine structures and head up a cairned marked switchback, you will come to the saddle, where you turn right and head up the ridge to Sherman. The winds picked up here and were intense. I thought Maddie was going to be blown off the mountain. There are two paths at this point
Note: two potential routes once you gain the addle to ridge to Mt. Sherman. Left route takes you to exposed drop, cool (we did that)..
The one on the left is well worn, and highly visible. We took this, and it takes you to an exposed edge, then cuts back over and gains the normal trail. The one on the right is harder to see, but has many cairns. this is the one we took on the descent. its easier and quicker.
You then gain the ridge and start the Class 2 trail. AGain there are two paths, I suggest sticking to the left, as we went right and got run out and had to do some class 3 scrambling to get back and gain the ridge trail.
this is the most exposed part of the hike, but also to us the funnest part.
Maddie at class 2 section, pretty good exposure on either side. shows the exposure, and again the wind was very intense, and Maddie had to get low a couple times when there were major gusts.
Looking down at route we just took from same point as Picture #4, gives you idea of exposure, note upper mine structure below. shows the exposure, again, we never felt insecure (accept for the wind), but for people that don't like exposure this may be an issue.
Once you reach the end of this Class 2 climb, you are near the summit. When we got up there, incredibly there was no wind. Once on top it is an easy walk over to the summit
The Summit, we made it, she did great!. We made it in 2 hours and 15 minutes (9;15am), not bad for her first 14er.
This was the marker for the summit
The log and marker, we could not find a USGS Benchmark, we could not find a USGS Benchmark. We headed down after snacks and after spending about 20 minutes on top taking in the views and celebrating her accomplishment. What a great experience to spend this first with her, and she even said "when and what is the next one!".
The trip down was uneventful, although the winds were a pain again. On the way down we spent more time taking in the old mine structures. You could spend hours just looking at these and exploring
On way down, near first mess of old mine structure, this was an old mine tunel. Very cool, and you can climb around and look at all of these things.. It took us 2 hours to get down the mountain, we were enjoying the scenery, sites, and mountain, so no rush. Even spotted some cool flowers
Kind of brown, not much to see other than old mine and views from the top, but we did see some wild flowers.
All in all, a great day. We thanked God for the beautiful day, keeping us safe, and having fun!
This is a great 14er for first timers, lots to look at, not too long and straightforward. We saw plenty of other kids along the way.
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