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Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Post Date:  08/30/2005
Modified:  11/03/2009
Date Climbed:   08/26/2005
Posted By:  alanb

 Sherman - Fourmile Creek trail   

After summiting Beirstadt and Evans via the Sawtooth on Thursday, my buddy from UT and I drove over to the Mt. Sherman trailhead. We parked in the lower flater parking lot and camped out that night. Needless to say it rained, and rained, and rained some more. Cooking dinner was an exercise in jumping in and out of the back of our trucks. However, we managed ok with Elk steaks, fried potatoes, and Texas toast...yum.


Morning brought us soggy wet ground and the narrow stream near where we parked had now taken over the back half of the parking lot. Still tired from the day before we were slow to get up and eat breakfast. The rain did bring a spectacular sunrise.


We did not end up hitting the trail until 7am and by that time several other parties had already started up the mt. The summit was completely covered in a thick blanket of clouds and we could see a very light dusting of snow on what little of the mt that was visible.


The trek up the road to the hilltop mine was uneventful and we took the obligatory photos of all the old mine structures and actually had to shed most of our layers.


Upon reaching the saddle between Sherman and Sheridan the wind hit us like a freight train and the layers we had shed earlier quickly went back on and in addition we added hats and gloves. We did our best to stick to the east side and keep out of the wind but eventually the ridge narrows to one trail and we were stuck with battling the wind.


Strangely enough when we reached the summit the wind completely died down. The entire summit was still covered in clouds but about every 5 minutes or so they would thin enough for us to catch a view of Leadville.


There were a few parties on the summit. 4 girls from Fort Collins, 2 guys also from Fort Collins I believe, and a father and son from New York.

We did not spend much time on the summit as we still had Quandary in our sites for that day, so we took our summit photos and scurried back down the mountain.


Once at the bottom we could see that the morning sun had burned off all the clouds and anyone on their way up later that day probably had a spectacular view. This is a great easy hike and I loved all the old mine building.

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