| A Good Day For Sherman as it Turns Out
I had done 11 14ers up to this point (12 if you count Cameron) and Sherman was the one that just didn't get me too excited. I had heard it was easy, it was busy, and it was flat on top. Well, a friend of mine had arranged a trip up Sherman and I hadn't done it, so why not.
I started to do some research and learned that Sherman was only 2100' to 2800' ft of climbing depending on where you started and that if you did the 2800', there was road-hiking (my least favorite kind of hike ). So I pulled out my Colorado Fourteeners book (second edition, Roach) and hoped I could find another route for us to take. It seemed that the Little Sacramento Creek trailhead might be a good option to avoid the crowds and a road hike. However, after further research, that trailhead was no longer accessible because of private property issues. (On a side note, I seriously need to get an updated version of this book.) So my next plan was to add two thirteeners (Sheridan and Gemini) to my trip. I figured that I would be well ahead of the majority of the group, so I would go up to Sherman, cross to Gemini, come back to meet everyone on Sherman and celebrate the climb, and then grab Sheridan on the way back.
Friday night we headed to bed early to get an early start. Recently, I've had some trouble getting to sleep for some unknown reason. Friday night was the worst of it. I could not go to sleep at all. I may have grabbed a wink here or there, but I don't think I slept more than 30 minutes before the alarm went off. Needless to say, I was extremely tired when we headed out at 4:30. Luckily, my wife volunteered to drive
We arrived at the gate at the end of Fourmile Creek Road a little before 7 and started hiking. There were a few people, but not too bad. As I found out coming down, most people don't get started on this peak until after 8 or 9. I saw 2 infants being carried up the trail, plenty of children hiking, and the summit seemed like a small dog park. I remember when we summited Bross a few years back, someone on the top had told me, "Just as I expected, that wasn't a cakewalk". I'm not going to say Sherman was a cakewalk, because it wasn't. However, let's be real here. That was an easy hike 8)
Due to my lack of sleep and the fact that I could leave now and have the whole afternoon to myself, I decided to skip Geminini and Sheridan. We waited for the entire party, took some pictures and then headed down and back. While crossing the ridge, I stayed on top of the rock at the top the whole time to try to challenge myself a little. That was fun. It turned out to be convenient also since I didn't have to worry about walking around the constant stream of people headed up.
Sherman From the Bottom
The Climb To the Saddle
The Trail Up the Ridge
Hiking On the Ridge
The Summit Isn't Far Away
The Gang on Top
In all fairness to Sherman, even though that was a relatively easy hike (considering you summit a 14er), there are some mine buildings along the way to check out to help make things more interesting. Also, the views from the summit we're half bad.
From Leadville to the Holy Cross
The Collegiate Peaks to the SW
And You Can Even See Pikes
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