Mt. Sherman  
Condition Updates  
 
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. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-30, By: Andrew A
Info: Beautiful, clear day. Clear all the way up, some patches of fresh snow though spikes not needed. Consistent wind (10-25 mph) though much of the route was sheltered from it. Road clear all the way to the gate. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: jemthebrewer
Info: Beautiful but cold day today. Started around 8 AM from the trailhead and was (mostly) dry all the way up. Some slight patches of ice around the gate at 12,000', easily avoided. No spikes needed, only saw 4 people all day. An easy but thoroughly enjoyable 14er, smoke aloft today was low, winds up high were no more than 25 mph. 
 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2020-10-11, By: Tripp
Info: This is a much tougher climb than the conventional approach from the Fourmile Creek trailhead: the trip up through the gully between Sheridan and Sherman is steep and loose. Once you reach the saddle (and join the route from the Fourmile trailhead), the going gets much easier. On our hike, though, temps were in the low-30s and it was blowing 40 knots steady out of the west, making the ridgeline cold and a little treacherous. 
 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: emilystapf
Info: Extremely high winds at the top. Wind was so strong people were lying down and crawling. I would estimate 80mph - it was borderline dangerous. Completely dry conditions otherwise - no micro spikes needed. 
 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: kkulling
Info: Started hiking around 5:45am. Good trail conditions the entire way up; just the smallest patches of snow here and there. I never felt I needed microspikes. Stream crossings were easy. 
 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2020-09-15, By: nebraskawhit
Info: Hiked on 9/14/20. Snow-packed trail almost the entire way except for the SE facing slope which is all sharp rocks, loosely packed so watch your step. Arrived around 7:30 and there were 2 other cars there. As long as you follow the directions on 14ers.com, you should have zero problem finding the parking area and the trailhead. The marshy area in the beginning was frozen in the morning, but muddy in the afternoon. Frozen snow on the way up, but enough rocks that I didn't slip (I didn't have micro-spikes, but definitely recommend as I was severely disadvantaged). Took us a long time due to the snow, had to take it a little slower. Beautiful weather, zero wind. The last part of the hike is not for people who are afraid of heights. I kept thinking I was glad I didn't have that fear! Did encounter a woman who decided not to summit due to the sketchy nature of the last half mile or so. Said she has done 8-9 14ers and this was the first one she didn't summit. Took my dog, she did fantastic, although I was a bit concerned about all the rocks! But as long as your dog is used to Colorado hiking conditions (especially rocky trails), they will do fine. Only encountered one other pup on the trail. There are no streams or water on the trail so be sure to bring enough for you and your pup. I easily went through 2.5L myself, would have been better with 3L. Spent about an hour on the summit, snacking, having a F*ck COVID beer, taking pictures, etc. brought food and treats for my pup. Was told to sign the registry but it was completely full. So whomever does those, take note! The downhill was brutal with the snow. I slipped several times as now the snow was mushy and slick, and like I mentioned, I did not have micro-spikes. Yikes! Had to take it slow. I recorded my hike on my Fitbit (unfortunately not through AllTrails, wish I would have remembered to do that before I lost service). Curiously, AllTrails says the trail is about 4.5 miles in length but my Fitbit recorded 8 miles! I know it is sometimes off in the mileage, but not by that much is usually. My friend's Apple Watch recorded 6.5, and that was with a 20 minute accidental pause. So, I would definitely believe at least 5 maybe 6 miles. Had LTE at the summit so texted a summit photo to my boyfriend. No service the rest of the hike, so download your maps and open AllTrails prior to losing service! Was bummed to discover that Periodic Brewing in Leadville was closed permanently! Was really looking forward to enjoying a beer there post-hike. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: kbmountain
Info: In much better condition than yesterday's report. There is snow on much of the trail, however the traffic has compacted all snow very nicely. Zero postholing. Microspikes are highly recommended on compacted snow/icy parts of trail. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: Mzapo
Info: Would second the post below. Road clear to the gate, made it in a Charger. High clearance not needed but would've been helpful. Trail begins with a mix of snow and dirt but gave way to a snow path for the remainder of the hike within the first half mile. Post holed much of the way up, snow was packed down by others on the way down. Windy and chilly today. Did not have them ourselves, but recommend snow shoes or micro spikes be worn. 2.5 hours up, about 1.5 down. Slippery conditions are present so please be careful! 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: MaryinColorado
Info: Road is clear of snow all the way to the gate. Trail is snow-covered pretty much the whole way. It is now nicely packed down until about 200' below the saddle. From there, knee-deep snow (in parts) begins. If the wind doesn't do away with the postholes, you will have postholes to follow from that point on. Ridge is windswept but icy. All proper layers, boots, gaiters, and microspikes definitely recommended. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-04, By: BROWNIE1037
Info: Beautiful day to take a hike. Got to the trailhead around 7.15 AM (long drive in from Denver). The air was crisp and we were glad we had gloves at the beginning. We quickly took them off, once we got going. We took the alternate class 2 route ( a little scrambling, nothing really hard). Summited around 8.30 AM. Not too windy on top. Some exposed areas, on your way up, but nothing too dramatic. We decided to go further and added Gemini Peak. Had lunch there in a little cove. No one there. Then back over Mt. Sherman and down again. Took our time to enjoy the day with little traffic. No smoke in the air. Back at the car around noon. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-22, By: Eli Watson
Info: Pedalled/hike-a-biked from parking at 10,800' near Fourmile Creek Campground to 13,000' Mine, then summited on foot. Posting for smoke conditions on Sherman: The air was actually pretty great on Sherman this evening. I hardly noticed any smoke or haze in the air until I got to the summit ridge and looked around (Photos 1 & 2). Sheridan (Photo 3) was not noticeably hazy from Sherman, but Dyer was (Photo 2). Splits for reference: Parking at 10,800': 4:53 PM Gate: 5:56 PM Stashing the bike at the 13,000' Mine: 6:23 PM Sherman summit: 7:03 PM 13,000' Mine: 7:50 PM (spent a good while waffling between adding on either Gemini or Sheridan and riding down in the dark) Parking at 10,800': 8:19 PM 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: drgdclark
Info: Trailhead parking was full when we arrived around 6:30 AM. We parked about half a mile from actual trailhead gate. There was significant traffic on the trail as one might imagine. In some of the narrower points along the ridge we waited for groups of climbers to pass. The summit was lovely, many people enjoying a break from all the craziness in town. It was particularly memorable for me as this was my first 14er since a stem cell transplant in February for aggressive lymphoma. I met up with a woman who is being treated for stage four colon cancer. Sorry for the summit sign shot, but it was a very moving and emotional summit for both of us. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-04, By: ERTX
Info: Road is clear to trailhead. For any other families... this is doable if you start early to avoid potential for storms/rain. Attempted summit with the family, carrying my 45lb 5yo on the back. Hiked up with wife, 7yo and 11yo. 7 and 5 tuckered out around 13k. 11yo and I made it to 13,700 (so close to bagging his first 14!) before storm clouds appeared to be approaching. We decided best to turn around. Round trip was just over 3.5 hours with lots of stops for water, snacks, and rest. There is spring at the trailhead mine and a couple mountain ponds for water if you need to filter. 
 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2020-08-03, By: Above_Treeline
Info: Lots of flowers near the TH!! A couple muddy areas near the start, I was able to get through without too much trouble though. This is Leadville side Iowa gulch, not east side Watch the cairns trail etc talked to a few people, one in my party, who got off route at least some. Made it considerably more difficult for one of them. But overall the trail is in excellent condition. On the way up to the TH, you turn onto Toledo but only stay on it for half block or so before it turns into CR2 and Toledo turns. Also Sheridan shares saddle and possibly others are nearby so you can add some peaks if the weather holds etc. Not sure if this route is easier than Huron or not. Shorter but rockier 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-29, By: mikebtyler
Info: Trail Condition: Very visible. Difficult to miss the ques. Obviously marked. There is a patch of snow around 13k that can easily be crossed using trail running shoes. Windy at the top as you can imagine. There is some snow uptop as well that is easily avoidable. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-24, By: jordanthebuff
Info: Trail in great shape. A bit windy on the ridge, but otherwise a nice day to be on the mountain! One spot had about 20 paces of snow that needed crossing (see photo). Definitely getting soft, so just be careful going over it, or find an alternate route around it. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-24, By: bangerth
Info: Summer conditions all the way up, with the exception of one easy 30 ft snow field that still needs to be crossed when going up to the saddle. The area has had thunderstorms as early as noon every day for the past week. Go early! 

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