Mt. Sheridan  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: From Peerless
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: Sglm14
Info: From Peerless mountain, we descended approximately 600' to the saddle between Peerless and Sheridan then it's pretty much straight up to the summit. No snow from the descent of Peerless all the way to Sheridan. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-24, By: bangerth
Info: Summer conditions on all sides of the mountain, both coming from the saddle with Sherman as well as the saddle with Peerless/Horseshoe. No snow left anywhere, and easy to find trails. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: goldenite
Info: Sheridan, Peerless, and Horseshoe. One patch of snow at the Dauntless Mine, but not an issue. Went up Sheridan between the snow fields (pic #1, Sheridan from Peerless). A few patches of snow towards the top of Horseshoe, but mostly avoidable or not an issue. Second pic shows Iowa Gulch conditions from Sheridan. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Besides the short stretch of unavoidable snow along the road shortly after the split (referenced in angry's report from Saturday), it's now possible to avoid snow all the way to the cairn containing the summit register. There's still some to walk over if you want to reach the “other” summit (I myself wasn't sure which is the real one; however, there's no reason not to hit both), but it's fairly inconsequential. No need for traction, flotation, or even gaiters, as long as you're following the road to the best of your ability. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: angry
Info: Summer conditions. Did not use traction or flotation. Two areas with unavoidable snow: 1) road a little past gate before you turn off and 2) around ~13,200 before gaining ridge. Both less than 150ft and inconsequential. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: Chelsea
Info: East Slopes route is mostly snow-free. All unavoidable snow is on the road, firm in the morning and a sloppy mess on the way out. Upper section of the route is 90% dry and is easy enough to go around any remaining snow patches. Wind higher than forecasted today, otherwise a perfect day for a summit. Started 5:45am, back to car 12:30pm. Didn't use spikes or snowshoes. Saw moose & elk from the car on the way in, ptarmigan on the hike out. And a very tiny alpine wildflower. We parked at the lower parking near the Leavick site, but could have made it to the upper 4wd parking near the Silver Horseshoe Dr intersection. 7.10 miles, 2,898' Photos 1-6: along the route Photo 7: Sherman Photo 8: Iowa Gulch Photo 9: Horseshoe 
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Route: from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2019-07-29, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Area in the basin/meadow was very muddy - lots of trampling over willows that had fallen onto the trail. Some folks have been widening the trail to avoid mud, though. Trail up to the saddle between Sherman/Sheridan was, for the most part, in good shape. There is definitely some deterioration on the dirt/talus so please try to keep on the trail and not off to the side to widen it more. The trail up to Sheridan was clearly marked and in great shape. 
 
Route: Via Horseshoe
Posted On: 2019-07-26, By: dwoodward13
Info: Summer conditions from Horseshoe. If you are coming up the standard route, part of the cornice still remains at the Sheridan-Sherman saddle. Looked like someone had punched a hole in it to get thru with only a few steps in snow. 
 
Route: Southeast ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-14, By: stephakett
Info: accessed coming off of horseshoe and peerless- snow free. descended via sherman standard route due to a huge snowfield that completely covers the east face. there is a trail (wayfinding necessary) up and down the talus (both sides) but my ascent wayfinding was a little more tricky than the descent. awesome glissade down several slopes on sherman, but it's thinning out from heavy traffic- watch out for rocks! 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: sdicenso
Info: We took the standard route to the Sherman/ Sheridan saddle. One major snowfield below the fallen Hilltop Mine. Didn't realize that the old cabin up there had also fallen in the last few years. From there we followed the road to the snowfield beneath the saddle. There is bootpack all the way up, but gets steep at the top. Microspikes are a good idea. There is a chute right next to it that people were glissading down. It was definitely steep with a hard bump people were hitting halfway down. From there we followed trail segments up Sheridan. As it curved around the southeast side of the mountain, I got a good look at the southeast "route". The trail looked pretty dry down and shorter distance to the saddle with Peerless. A lot of trail segments and the mining roads beneath looked melted. After summiting a couple of minutes later and taking a break, we headed down to avoid storms building. Nothing ever happened except some slight graupel on the way down. It remained mostly sunny. We followed the trail between Sheridan and Peerless saddle until it disappeared into a snowfield. The snowfield was too soft for glissading, but held our weight to walk across to a mining road. The mining road was mostly dry, but ended short of the Dauntless Mine. We walked down scree/rocky slopes to the mine and connected back up to the main Sherman route. Then it was a fairly quick walk back to my vehicle below the gate. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2018-12-19, By: tcphoto87
Info: The road starts off dry then turns into packed snow and varies from snow to dry. I made it past Leavick Mine and through a couple small snow drifts but didn't chance it on the last one that had tire marks as it went on for a ways and I didn't feel like digging my car out just in case. Not far past that was another snow drift that no one has driven past yet. I parked 0.8 miles from the gate closure at 11,700ft. The trail varied from bone dry to packed snow also all the way to the top. I followed the road up to where Hilltop mine is/was, then lost the trail and basically had to scale up a cornice to reach the Sheridan-Sherman saddle. From there it was fairly easy to reach the top. I lucked out with 0-5 mph winds. The way back down I went down the other side and it was so much easier, up until it reaches a 'road' that goes back down to the Dauntless Mine, the snow covered the entire road in spots and made it sketchy to walk across that hard snow at an angle with a minor drop off on the right. Overall with the loop I did it was 5.8 miles round trip. I added a couple photos of Sherman too for conditions. Also, I wore microspikes the whole time but I was tempted to take them off for half of it cause it kept going from dry to snowy 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2018-12-15, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: Can drive nearly to the summer trailhead over packed snow with AWD/4WD - a snow drift blocks further access but makes for a really short trip This area is really windswept, snow is firm crud. Didn't need flotation. Picture 1 is parking, picture 2 is mt sherman 
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Route: From Peerless, Descend NE Ridge
Posted On: 2018-09-09, By: supranihilest
Info: There are trail segments and some cairns going up Sheridan's south side but they're disjointed and ultimately not very useful to follow for most of the way up. You can really just pick your own line, it's all Class 2 and not terribly steep or loose. I did not come up the northeast ridge but I did descend it en route to Sherman, and it is in far better shape than its southern twin. There are good cairns and a good trail, though it is braided in spots. There is some loose rock but overall it is quite stable. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2018-06-12, By: ArtM
Info: Only snow was along saddle with Sherman and approach to saddle, as well as east ridge of Sheridan. See Mt. Sherman condition report too. Could have crossed to east talus slope and made it down that way from summit, instead of following same route I took up, if I had realized I could avoid the snowfield hiking down from the east summit. As it was, it snow seemed to get deeper as I went east in it, a few hundred feet below the summit, so I followed standard route down. This can save you a good amount of hiking, although I don't know the conditions on the talus, but if it's the same as the northeast ridge you should be fine. to See photos from Sheridan summit, and from trail to Sheridan summit. In contrast to summit of Sherman, there was very little wind, although it was gusting on the way up/down, but nowhere near as bad as on Sherman. Once you're above the Sherman-Sheridan saddle there is little snow to contend with, on the northeast ridge, unless you want to take the shortcut I described up or down. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2017-10-20, By: Ptglhs
Info: Cornice on the saddle between Sherman and Sheridan. Snow on the trails but it can be avoided. I didn't need traction or flotation for Sheridan. 
 
Route: NE route, using
Posted On: 2016-06-04, By: Trotter
Info: Followed the Northeast Ridge route, except used the "Alternate Route" shown on the topo map. Basically straight up the east face. The lower section of the route is mostly clear of snow, but have to cross some patches. Only the east face is clear of snow, the South ridge is still pretty loaded. I descended the south ridge, it can be done without getting on the snow except for a 10 yard section, but its both steep and icy. Would recommend an ice axe or microspikes during that part. 
 
Route: Basin to Summit Direct
Posted On: 2016-05-21, By: Grover
Info: Mt. Sheridan is in great shape for a ride or ski (much like Sherman). Trailhead parking area is still ~11,025 ft., but more vehicles trying to push through the initial snow bank will help that. I skinned into the basin using the normal 4x4 road, then made a direct line for Mt. Sheridan off the road. Snow coverage is great through the entire basin. I was able to skin up to the exposed rocks just under the summit (i.e. the standard summer route) and then hike up to the top. The snow was very firm off the summit, due to the cold temps and high wind. The best turns where further down the basin where the snow was softer allowed for easy carving. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2015-07-17, By: JasonKline
Info: The White Ridge/Sherman/Sheridan/Peerless/Horseshoe/Finnback loop still has some snow along the route, but it can all be avoided easily. 
 
Route: Southeast Face
Posted On: 2015-03-02, By: jwagner
Info: There is a lot of snow up in them there hills right now. Sheridan has enough windblown areas with exposed rock that you almost avoid the deep snow all the way from the mine at the top of Fourmile Creek Rd. ( where the gate is ) to the top of its summit. Sherman is totally packed with the white stuff and the summer route to get up the southwest ridge is totally filled with snow. The cornice between Sheridan and Sherman is epic right now as well. The southwest ridge itself looked windblown as far as I could see from the top of Sheridan. 
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Route: Southeast Slope
Posted On: 2015-02-15, By: CUaaron25
Info: Climbed Mt. Sheridan and Peerless yesterday from fourmile creek. There is a perfect boot/snowshoe pack all the way up into the basin. We turned left in the upper basin to hike up a few exposed rock bands/slopes to get to the base of the SE face of Sheridan. We went straight up the SE face on loose talus until we intersected with a trail that switchbacked up the windblown face. We had snowshoes but didn‘t use them all day. 
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