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|2016-02-27||Route: South Slope
Info: Summited Mount Sherman today via the South Slope. CR18 is totally clear until 9mi in (which just happens to be where you want to stop to get your 3000' gain for the day) after which point it is basically totally snow covered until 11,600'. Just past the 9mi mark there is a stretch of deep (at least 1'-1.5') soft snow, and signs that a few people have gotten stuck there. Past that the snow pack is mostly sun crusted and firm, but there's plenty of places where you'd sink. I personally wouldn't try to drive further unless you were very confident in your vehicle, skills, and had been in similar situations. From 11,600' until the drainage the road is effectively totally clear, with a handful of spots totally covered in snow. Sherman and the surrounding slopes look fairly bare for this time of year. Almost all the snow pack near the route is heavily sun crusted and very firm, though there are certainly places you'll post hole if you wander around enough. The current route splits at the drainage. The route everyone except for me (I was first out) took today went up the drainage (didn't bypass it like the route description here suggests). The route I took did attempt to bypass the lower part of the drainage and followed some existing tracks, but I wound up way too far west. I sort of saw this happening but by the time I was sure it didn't make sense to do anything but forge ahead. It wasn't really a problem except that it made for a small amount of elevation loss and gain and put me on generally less gentle terrain. Ultimately my route met up with the south slope. I followed the other route down. The wind was pretty brutal today. 10-15mph winds in your face the whole way, which wasn't too bad, just kind of draining. But the last 500' vertical or so dished out 40-45mph sustained winds. I couldn't feel my hands for a bit there. I used microspikes the whole way and even though I generally like snowshoes I think at this point the snowpack just doesn't call for it. There were a number of other people on the mountain today, mainly snowboarders. Two of them and another solo hiker passed me just before I reached the summit, so I guess I was the slow one today. 9.1mi RT ~7h. ~5h15m up, ~1h45m down.
|2016-02-21||Route: South Slope
Info: The recent snow from last week helped with the road approach ( you can skin up the whole way up the road without stepping on gravel - except one 10ft section.) The gully that leads up to the White Ridge - Sherman Saddle has very hard snow, and skins do not grab anymore (had to take skis off and put on crampons for the last 200ft to saddle). Great ski down with nice hard snow on top, but down lower the snow was getting quite soft ( transitioning from hard to soft unexpectedly). Road can be driven with a 2 wheel drive to the Old Leviac road (mile below the old Leviac mine). Have fun! Can not upload pictures from my phone, I will do so tomorrow. If I forget just send me a message.
|2016-02-06||Route: South Slope
Info: Even with all the snow the last week, it was very blown. MicroSpikes/snowshoes recommended. The snow was either solid from wind or with a crust and sugar underneath. Postholing was minimum w/out snowshoes, but they did make it easier in several spots. 10 of us hiked in on Saturday, but we didn‘t leave much of a trench, the snow was that packed from the wind. Several of our tracks were gone by the time we came down. The upper portions of the road were nearly bare, while the lower held snow. We parked below Leavick, close to the Old Leavick Road.
|2016-01-23||Route: South Slope
Info: Not very different from last week‘s reports. See my TH update for road status. Above where we parked, shallow soft snow to about tree line. From tree line to the cut off for the winter route, the road was mostly dry with a few intervening drifts. We snowshoed up the road to tree line in the morning, then only needed boots for the stretch up to the cut off. Coming down, w used boots for the whole road without too much anguish. Once in the drainage and on up, highly variable snow. Traction is a must. Unless you like a great deal of thigh to hip deep post holes, flotation is a must. We used snowshoes. The snow alternated between a great hard crust and miserable loose pack that can‘t support my pinky toe. Snowshoes made the ascent bearable, with plenty of slipping and sinking on the steep parts, even with snowshoes. Near the top, we chose a brutally direct steep line up. This was not a good choice. Go to the climbers right best the saddle before powering up to the summit ridge. No wind to speak of on the summit today. Descending was a mix up solid glissades, plunge stepping, and postholing because I was too lazy to put my snowshoes back on. Went quickly, and without any surprises. Overall, great day. Just bring flotation and be ready for some soft snow.
|2016-01-18||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Road to the TH: The highest we could drive was about a mile below the old mine building described in the trailhead guide, which makes for a slightly longer day than described in the official route description. With a very high clearance vehicle with 4WD and snow tires it may be possible to get a little higher, but not much. Trail: The road up the valley is fairly deep in snow for the first ~2 miles; we found snowshoes to be very useful. However, when we got to the Forest Service gate, we stashed the snowshoes and boot hiked the rest of the way with very little post-holing as the road is clear most of the way (Photo #1). Ridge and Peak: The ridge was extremely windy, with significant amounts of blowing snow that made the traverse along the ridge pretty hairy. On the upside, the wind seems to be keeping the ridge fairly snow free, so footing isn‘t a big problem.
|2016-01-18||Route: South Slope
Info: Just a a couple of pictures to go along with Andrew‘s (aholle8 conditions report. It is possible to skin/ski an almost continuous line from car to summit and back. We took off our skies for a short section along the road and then just before accessing the ridge (seen at the center of the first picture). The snow here was pretty thin and hard-packed. We didn‘t see much evidence of someone else having been there the day before, and winds were really picking up on our descent. Fortunately for us, we never found any of that waist-deep snow he was referring to.
|2016-01-17||Route: South Slope
Info: Caution with the south gully direct right now, it is loaded with waist deep snow. I was up there today and stayed close to the left side near the rocks which was pretty quick going. Made it to about 13.5-13.8 (waypoint 130 of 149), goggles froze up from the moisture..both pair... so I decided it was time to turn around. It was a complete whiteout the whole way up/down so I couldn‘t get any good looks at the top section of the gully, but I‘d recommend staying to the left of the gully near the rocks to avoid any issues with potential slides. The slow was heavy/wet up higher, soft/powdery on the road. Road is plowed to the straight section with trees on your left, about a mile below Leavick. About 6-12 inches of snow on the road from parking to the turn-off, snowshoes/skins required on ascent. There is a section or 2 closer to the turn off that is wind blown and void of snow. The trench I put in on the way up was gone by the time I came down (10am to 330pm), so don‘t expect it to be there, sorry folks. Also be careful with the road while driving, there is a big patch of ice (you can drive over it, but use caution) about 1/2 mile before the parking zone. No pictures today, just visualize a lot of white and that was the view.
|2016-01-03||Route: South Slope
Info: Had only this weekend free to fit this in to our schedules. Watched weather for prior 2 weeks & lucked out in major way. Highs of 20s on summit with essentially no wind. Camped night of 1/2 near 12.5K feet. Windy that night, wind chill -13 but wind stopped by 8AM. Couple other groups coming down on our way up on 1/2. Only one other lone hiker on 1/3. We used snow shoes almost entire way, but boots only on way down road on way back (had melted off a lot from 1/2 --> 1/3). Not much post holing with flotation. Total round trip was ~8 miles, able to park 0.75-1 mile from Leavick Site.
|2016-01-03||Route: South Slope
Info: A serious lack of snow for skiing but easy snowshoe/boot to summit. Cold early and then sunny cold temps. The road is okay to winter closure and then somebody had to tear it up, so it is rough snow up to the first mine building. After that the road is blown clear for the most part. Mostly rock to the south side of Sherman. The snotel report I looked at before going had said 24" but maybe in the trees not on the slopes or road. Snow on the saddle.
|2015-12-06||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Info: Road to the trail head required chains. Deep snow for the first half mile - snowshoes made this doable. Left the snowshoes next to the trail after about 3/4 of a mile and headed up to the summit. No snow until you hit the ridge, then it was pretty packed down - micro spikes would be helpful. The summit had windblown snow but was manageable. Very windy conditions on the summit.
|2015-11-21||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: The boss said to post a conditions report on Sherman, so here it is. Drove out to Sherman late on Saturday hoping that the temps would rise a bit and make the cold wind tolerable. We drove a stock 4Runner to the leavick mine site and stopped there because of deep snow on the road, however just after the mine the snow disappears and you can still drive up to the summer parking area. We walked up the dry road to the middle of the slope on the standard summer route before we decided to call it a day due to brutal wind! There was just enough snow to make lugging the skis up the road worth it. Just mind all those exposed rocks!
|2015-10-24||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Lots of snow patches make for good, but limited, snow climb to ridge. Some postholing to knees since no consolidated snow underneath, but nothing worth carrying snowshoes for, yet. Spikes were helpful. Pretty decent glissading on the descent.
|2015-10-10||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Sherman was clear of snow and ice, very nice today.
|2015-10-08||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Conditions were great today! Sunny and very little wind (which I hear is miraculous!). There was a little frost on the rocks early and maybe 1/2" of snow in a few spots along the crest of the ridge, but overall great conditions for hiking!
|2015-09-19||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Great hike, but encountered very windy conditions on the way to the summit. This surprised us as it was not in the forecast. Completed the summit in 1‘34" despite the severe winds on the way to the summit. Summit was not as windy.
|2015-09-18||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: EXTREMELY windy at the saddle and about halfway up from there to the summit (50 mph plus). Not as windy at the summit but still significant. This caught us off guard as that wasn‘t in the forecast. We went up the Fourmile Creek route and had planned to do both Gemini and Dyer and perhaps Sheridan. We made it up Gemini and turned around because the winds were picking up again. We made it back over the summit of Sherman and most people we encountered were headed back down rather than going for the summit due to the winds.
|2015-09-12||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Completed Mt Sherman today with our 5 and 2 year olds. Our daughters first 14er at 5 years old! Not too difficult of a hike just a little slow with kids. Winds on the saddle were at least 50 mph and cold
|2015-09-06||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Drove to the gate at 12,000. The gate was open but I don‘t think that is normal. Cars parked above the gate and below. You do not need 4 wheel drive. If there is such a thing as an "easy" 14er this is it. I think this is a steep incline but short for a 14er. There were a lot of people. Families with little kids. The wind was incredible. Several times I almost lost my footing due to the wind. This is NOT a pretty 14er. Rocks, rocks and more rocks Once you get to the top the views are amazing. Felt like the mall at Christmas with alllllllll the people.
|2015-08-28||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: Route is clear to summit. Some snow patches enroute but off of the trail.
|2015-08-02||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Info: This is my 19th 14er summit this summer! Mount Sherman really is an intriguing hike with all the abandoned houses and mines. I definitely recommend is as a great late summer hike for families and beginners. I‘m planning on hiking 56 fourteeners this summer! Read more about this hike and others on my blog: Sunshineof1985.com! GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat (didn‘t need), light weight puffy coat (didn‘t need), lightweight gloves (didn‘t need), day pack with water sack, food, sunscreen, lip balm. Road Condition: The road seems to go on forever! There are a lot of jagged rocks on the road that make me squirm in my car seat. But a sedan should have no problems making it to the trailhead. Just make sure you have good tires. Trail Condition: You start above treeline which is pretty nuts. Needed to pull out my directions a couple times. Hiking with a lot of people made it a lot easier to find the trail. The trail is no longer hidden in snow as well. Trail is 98% clear of snow.