Mt. Sherman  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-10, By: wintersage
Info: No flotation needed, microspikes definitely needed for the ascent up to the Sheridan-Sherman saddle. Trailhead closure makes it 9.5 miles RT, there is a "Park Here" sign to the left that lets you know up to where you can drive. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-04, By: CaptCO
Info: It's good. 3mi road closure until spring. 9.5mi 3k' RT 4-5 hours, spikes and poles. Will post more later 
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Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2021-01-01, By: jensense
Info: Road was in good condition up to winter trailhead. You might be able to make it further with good traction/clearance, and the last half mile or so was almost completely dry. The storm from last weekend followed by several days of relatively windless sunshine has left a rind over some of the snow slopes. One of which was stable enough to climb in the morning, but slid by the time I came back down (pictured). The gulch leading up to the south slope looked glissadable but I didn't put it to the test since I didn't bring an axe. Definitely check the snow before trying. It is possible to reach the summit without any avalanche risk and minimal snow crossings if you're willing to zigzag a bit; snow shoes were useful for small portions of the bottom of the hike. 
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Route: Iowa Gulch - Dyer - Gemini - West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-27, By: daway8
Info: Don't follow our tracks from 2B to the Sherman-Sheridan bowl!!! Started at 2B, where the plowing stopped. Hiked in tracks on the road till after coming around south face of Dyer then put on snowshoes though need was marginal. Intermittent snow/rock all the way up Dyer. Dyer-Gemini ridge had the beginnings of cornice formation on the Iowa Gulch side but largely dry on the opposite side then mostly dry going up to Gemini and halfway to Sherman. A few snowfields guarding the Sherman summit but easily done with just boots. Wicked wind from summit till partway done the Sherman-Sheridan bowl with was mixed snow/rock. A few steep snow shoots in place including some minor slides off the one coming down from Sheridan. Summer trail from the bowl to Iowa Gulch goes across several steep snowfields with snow where we sunk to our waists (going 1 at a time with beacon/shovel/probe handy just in case but nothing gave way). Eventually got sick of the slopes and descended to the valley only to discover Willow Hell - don't follow those tracks. If you see tracks ascending 120ft directly above the 2B road: Don't ask/Don't follow. Attaching multiple photos. AVY NOTES: the Sherman/Sheridan bowl wasn't loaded enough yet to be a major concern but the slopes below the bowl are a danger zone, probably better to swing away from these if you can find a better path through the willows. South Face of Dyer over 2B mostly dry but slid last winter: will be a concern as snowpack increases. 
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Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2020-12-25, By: andrew85
Info: I was entertaining both the standard route and the south slope route, but the standard route didn't look too promising as I could see a small slide and cornices hanging over the ridgeline. The slope was manageable, steep in spots with a few knee to thigh high snow fields. I started out with snowshoes and they would help in the deeper snowfields on the slope, but with so few spots it may not be worth the hassle to carry them as I did the entire descent summit to TH in only spikes and just dealt with the deep snow fields as they came. 
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Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2020-12-07, By: arnavxv
Info: Did it from the Leadville side, was able to drive all the way to 12k feet. After that, not so easy. Tedious trail breaking through several feet of snow, cracky wind slab, and screw/talus until you get to the Sherman Sheridan saddle where it begins to be packed down. You can't follow the summer trail easily until you get to like 12.4K ft because it goes across Boulder fields and scree slopes, and it isn't filled in enough so you're always hitting rocks. You have to dip lower, and then make your way up. If you follow my tracks you'll see. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-07, By: SanJuanShaun
Info: Exquisite conditions. Not a single visible cloud. Little wind. Parked at around 11,000 feet well below the Leavick Site but people were driving all the way to the gate. Road is packed snow in the shade and snowless in the sun. Trail is packed snow, slightly difficult to follow in the upper basin beneath the saddle. Didn't need traction. Cold, but so sunny that it was barely noticable. Hard to imagine better conditions for a late Autumn ascent. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-29, By: wolfgangstiller
Info: No traction or snowshoes required yet and the summit ridge was in pretty good shape. Just below the ridge was a 100 yard stretch where hiking poles and/or traction may be nice. Drove to about 100 yards before the summer TH (the gate). The road had pretty deep snow after about mile four and then after mile 8 got worse requiring a good 4wD vehicle with off road snow skills. We aired down our tires on our Tundra and the drive felt much better but others did not do that and made to the same spot. The last 100 yards are blocked by a huge drift. One Subaru Forester got stuck and had to be towed out about 3/4 of the way up the road. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-22, By: tuckerz
Info: Beautiful conditions today - bluebird sky, in the teens, and little to no wind. Snow was not a problem on the ascent except for a couple deep pockets when climbing the Sheridan/Sherman saddle - but they could be avoided. Took microspikes, didn't use them. Road was in good condition, was very doable in my stock Outback. Parked just below the 12,000ft gate. South slopes are NOT skiable. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-22, By: tuckerz
Info: Beautiful conditions today - bluebird sky, in the teens, and little to no wind. Snow was not a problem on the ascent except for a couple deep pockets when climbing the Sheridan/Sherman saddle - but they could be avoided. Took microspikes, didn't use them. Road was in good condition, was very doable in my stock Outback. Parked just below the 12,000ft gate. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-21, By: pucksandpeaks
Info: Had a beautiful sunrise and wonderful day hiking Sherman mostly to myself. Wore gaiters and they were helpful, brought microspikes and never needed them. Also brought an ice axe (just bought one as it's my first winter here) and only used to practice self-arresting in a snowfield below the saddle. The ridge up to Sherman was mostly clear of any snow. The area below the saddle was the only area with significant snow. It evidently fell long enough ago where it was firm and some volunteers generously marked out soft spots by postholing ;) 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-18, By: RWSchaffer
Info: There isn't much snow in the basin (Picture 1); it is best to take the summer route as the South Slope isn't yet a snow route. An ice axe is advisable when climbing and optionally glissading snowfields below the saddle. From saddle to summit stretches of dry alternate with stretches of snowy trail (Picture 2). It is probably wise to carry spikes for this terrain, even if you opt not to use them (I didn't use mine). Gaiters are useful for drifts and snowfields encountered in the basin and at the summit (Picture 3). 
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Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2020-11-17, By: Abraham Linksys
Info: Conditions were sh*t, but not a lot of snow near the top which was good for avalanche concerns. I had to park a mile below the Leavick site, the wind was in the 30 MPH range if I had to guess (all day), I was postholing to my thighs AND MY GROIN a lot of the day. There are some nice broken-in tracks if anybody wants to give it a go. Honestly, the bottom half was miserable, and the top half was great. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-06, By: timewarp01
Info: Small patches of snow, traction helps but is definitely not necessary. Road is in great shape all the way up to the gate. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-04, By: Misi197
Info: Subaruable to the gate. A brave soul took a Hyundai coupe to the gate. No flotation or traction needed until the next storm. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-31, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Brought traction (and snowshoes to start getting used to the pack weight for winter hiking) but never used it. Ran into a few people on the trail that wore and recommended traction but our party didn't need it at all (only falls were wind related where traction wouldn't matter). Temperature was good, but winds were a little tough, changing to super brutal at the ridge, tossing us aside pretty easily (I weighed 190 lbs with my pack fully loaded). Crux was a brief windy section at the ridge were sustained winds made it hard to breathe, still doable. 
 
Route: Horseshoe-Peerless-Sheridan-Sherman
Posted On: 2020-10-31, By: askwjs
Info: Very heavy winds this morning. Winds picked up when we reached the Horseshoe/Peerless saddle, never let up and just got worse until we got back down below the Sheridan/Sherman saddle. Recommend spikes and gaiters on this particular route, crusted snow and ice throughout. Without the wind, would have been a beautiful day. Was going to try to get all the way to Dyer but the winds just killed our legs. Will be back again!! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-21, By: NativeTransplant
Info: Trail 99% free of snow ice. Remaining 1% easily avoidable - no traction needed. Would suggest using trekking poles on some of the slides, especially in windy conditions. 
 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: CaptCO
Info: Dyer > Gemini > Sherman and descended West Slopes. Bits of snow that are boot packed or avoidable, very harsh wind today. Brought crampons never used them, gaiters/trail runners 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-08, By: lauradaughtry
Info: Gorgeous, bluebird day. Warm, sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and hardly a breeze... not even on the summit. Got to the trailhead at 8:30am and there were two other cars there (on a Wednesday). Summited around 11am, and had the summit to ourselves for about 45 minutes. Descent took a little over an hour. Road to the trailhead and trail were very dry and very clear. 

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