Peak(s):  Sheridan, Mt  -  13,748 feet
Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Gemini Pk  -  13,951 feet
Dyer Mtn  -  13,855 feet
Date Posted:  09/30/2019
Modified:  10/01/2019
Date Climbed:   09/28/2019
Author:  RJ_Greenhorn24
Additional Members:   BlindWanderer
 That's a nice boulder - mantra of the day  

How do you spice up one of the less aesthetically pleasing 14ers? You add in some neighboring 13ers!

19887_07
Our route: mileage ended up being just over 7 miles and it took us between 6-7 hours to complete with breaks

This was the plan for Saturday Sept. 28th 2019. We drove to the trailhead Friday night after work and car camped, we were graced with some snow flakes but no accumulation. Note that google maps will try to take you down a mining road that I doubt allows public access - your best bet is to use the CR2 and CR2B route detailed in the TH route description here on the .com (see below)

19887_09
Wrong - The route that google maps wants you to follow
19887_08
Right - The correct route to follow

We started at 5am with headlamps well before the sun graced the sky. I had dropped a pin on my hunting app where the trail picks up about 50' from the TH. In the dark I was grateful for this as we would have wallowed thru the willows looking for it for quite some time I'm sure. I would advise others to do the same.

After finding the trail the hike across the basin was rather uneventful, we met the talus at the foot of Sherman and slowly began gaining elevation, - be sure to keep an eye out for cairns in this section as the trail likes to sneak off.

Once at the base of the Sherm-Sher gulch the trail becomes more obvious and the real elevation gain starts.

19887_01
Looking back into the Iowa Gulch from the trail leading up to the Sherm/Sher saddle

The trail is mostly scree and loose dirt up the gully which is unpleasant when coupled with the steep incline, but at least it's a very obvious trail that would be hard to lose.

19887_02
A view from higher up the gully between Sheridan and Sherman


19887_05
Nearing the saddle, I point out our first goal for the day: Mt. Sheridan

Below the saddle there is a trail that takes off the to right directly towards Sheridan, taking this will cut out a few unnecessary switchbacks if you're not heading directly to Sherman.


19887_06
My climbing partner points out goal #2 for the day: Mt. Sherman


19887_04
Once on the saddle you can see down to the 4 mile trailhead towards Fairplay, but not today. The clouds sat low in the valley for most of the day, quite a sight.


19887_03
Looking Northwest from the saddle towards Mt. of the Holy Cross and other surrounding 13ers, more clouds laying low over the Hwy 24 area.

The trail from the saddle up to Sheridan starts out clear but slowly turns into a number of social trails, just keep heading up and you're on the right track. There is a very solid trail on the East side that leads to Horseshoe - if you end up on this one don't follow it for too long unless you're aiming to climb Horseshoe.

19887_10
Mt. Sheridan summit, marked with a large cairn on the East side (don't you just love those low laying clouds!)


19887_11
Wind break on the West side of the summit


19887_12
Panorama from the Sheridan summit


19887_22
From Sheridan's summit you can see most of our remaining route


19887_13
Horseshoe Mtn from Sheridan


From Sheridan to Sherman the route is obvious (the trail from the saddle to summit is usually littered with people so ya can't really miss it)


19887_14
A look back at Sheridan from the ascent ridge of Sherman


19887_15
Looking down over the 4 Mile Trailhead


19887_16
The Sherman ridge from just able the saddle, this ridge never seems to end as you will see in the following photos


19887_17
More ridge


19887_19
...and more


19887_20
You guessed it...


19887_21
A beautiful view down into the Iowa Amphitheater to break up the monotony


19887_23
More ridge... and people


19887_24
We MUST be nearing the summit!!


19887_25
White Ridge being eaten alive by clouds


19887_29
Finally!! Sherman's broad summit (at least the clouds made up for the lack of views)


19887_30
Cute summit marker, that no one threw a fit over! :)


19887_31
Halfway victory summit brews! (I highly recommend the Blueberry Wheat from High Hops Brewing!)

From the Sherman summit you can see Gemini (the peak to the right is the true summit). Do not stay on the ridge proper instead veer slight right to the tundra. Sadly I didn't get any pics of this area until we were down on the Gem/Dyer saddle - clouds were rolling up from the Fairplay side and had me a bit worried with 2 more peaks to go.

It's an easy tundra stroll/talus hop over to Gemini and there is no true trail up since it's such a small peak. Just scramble up any way you see fit, we hit the saddle between Gemini and his false brother and just scaled up the Southwest side to speed things up.


19887_27
View of Gemini (left) from the Gem/Dyer saddle, clouds began receding so we slowed our roll a bit and I returned to my norm of taking way too many pictures

There is a faint trail that picks up off and on heading down to the saddle from Gemini, just keep talus hopping down towards the obvious trail on the saddle.


19887_26
At the base of the saddle on the Gemini side you can see the remaining route, the saddle itself is tame with very little exposure and the trail sticks to the North side of the ridge avoiding any cliffy areas.


19887_28
Panorama from the same spot at the foot of Gemini/Dyer saddle


19887_33
The ridge connecting Gem & Dyer


19887_32
Looking down into the amphitheater (old mine ruins below)- you certainly would not want to descend here - if you had to descend quickly your best bet would be to reach the foot of Dyer and follow the power lines down the steep slope.

We never really found a trail up Dyer nor coming down it on the other side, faint segments but that's about it. Once we got across the saddle we just switch backed up the talus face to the summit (only one false summit on this one, yay!!)


19887_35
Panorama from the summit of Dyer with all our previous peaks in view, astounding! :)


19887_34
A beautiful view of Turquoise Lake and Leadville to the West (mining district at the bottom - be sure to check that area out if you like old stuff and history in general haha!)


19887_36
The Sawatch range finally cloud free looking quite nice with the changing colors of fall


19887_37
West Dyer to the Northwest (i hear there's a pretty sweet Class 4 climb on the other side)


19887_39
A relic that is no longer in use but still awesome (look for the jar tucked in the rocks that now serves as the actual register)


19887_38
Signing in :)

My partner was beat and ready to be done so we made our way towards the truck using the reverse instructions of what Bill give's as the "Southeast Slopes" route description.


19887_40
The ridge leading to the South

You want to follow the ridge for a bit before descending left down to the talus and tundra leading to the mine ruins. You can drop left of the ridge if you want a tamer hike, or stay on the ridge proper for some unnecessary but fun scrambling :)


19887_41
Leaving our final summit of the day - bittersweet


19887_42
Opting for the ridge proper since the wind calmed down


19887_43
Our final look at the ridge before cutting East down the talus/tundra slope to the old mining road.

I wish i had taken a picture of the spot where we departed the ridge but of course I didn't so below a view of it from Sherman


19887_49
We stayed just right of the tudra, it was steep but there were some old tailings which provided better footing than the loose choss and small talus. Needless to say, this was still the only spot all day that I tripped and busted my back side (which I will fully blame on tired knees and has nothing to do with my complete lack of grace -hehe)


19887_44
Back down in the amphitheater checking out the neat mine ruins before heading back to the truck. Follow the rough road along Sherman's base to reach the trailhead


19887_45
Leaving the basin and bidding farewell to these magnificent giants.


19887_46
And of course, cruising 10 mph down 2B and taking in all the fall colors!


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If anyone wants to start doing multiple peak days I would say this is a good route to get a taste for it. Not too long, not the DeCalBron, and not even too much gain/loss. This loop is perfect!

Until next time, everyone stay safe and enjoy your climbs!!




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 Comments or Questions
arianna2
Great report
10/02/2019 16:15
Thanks, great report. We skied in that area once and it looked like a great area to hike in. We are in Leadville a lot so this will be a great report to reference.



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