Began at 7:45AM
Summit at 11:55-12:30
Back to the truck at 2:20PM
I took my wife for this trip which was her very first 14er!
I didn't know how far we'd actually make it starting out, but we started out the trip on a positive note by parking at the 12,020 ft. closed gate area.
You can slightly see the gate post in the corner. The road was dry clear as you can see
From where we parked, you could see the summit ridge of Sherman.
We started our trek at 7:45 by the time we geared up and also unloaded some extra gear that would not be needed since the day was going to be a bit warmer than expected.
The route is pretty straightforward and it didn't take long to make it to the Dauntless Mine. The picture isn't like the Route pictures on 14ers.com and here's a better picture of what it's like
and here's just a quick look back on the road from Dauntless Mine... we parked right around the corner and the gate cannot be seen from here.
The road in the distance is closer to the winter closure area and we made it much higher thankfully!
For those who haven't climbed this peak before, there might be a couple of junctions that cause you to second guess (Around Dauntless Mine) especially with some of the snow covered road. As long as you continue to stay right on the mining road and head in the general direction of the peak you'll be fine.
looking back just above the Dauntless Mine area
Coming out of the Dauntless Mine area you'll have a unblocked view of Sherman's ridge to the summit and the Hilltop Mine building. The summit is just out of sight from this perspective.
The trail up the Hilltop Mine area is well defined at this time and it is very easy to follow up to the saddle point between Sheridan and Sherman. As you wrap around the Hilltop mine you'll come to an area that is flat and snow covered (although the trail can still be made out). Once you reach this area you'll be able to identify cairns that lead up the saddle point and with the snow coverage, we were able to cut about half the distance to the saddle.
View of the saddle. Didn't have to follow all of the switchbacks
Once you're on top of the saddle, the rest of the climb comes into view and getting to the ridge line is probably the toughest part of the climb and cairns will help guide you.
Veiw from the saddle to the summit.
Don't be fooled, the peak in this next picture is not the peak behind my head but it is essentially the top of the ridge line and saddles to the summit approximately 1/4 mile. From here the summit is in full view (middle step as seen from this perspective).
Ridge looking up
Once you finish climbing the ridge line your summit is in full view
Walking towards the summit marker
My wife's first 14er!
It's great being able to enjoy the views with your best friend
I didn't know if we'd really make it up as my wife had started having signs of a blister forming from her boots (Around Hilltop Mine) but we made some adjustments and put a couple of band-aids and she powered through! Also a glissade down provided some relief as well as a lot of fun (Pictures just dont do enough to show perspectives of nature around or the glissade down the snow packed wall!). The following pictures are just of some scenery and our glissade. Thanks for reading!
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