| Mounts Sherman & Sheridan
Cruiser and I started out at 4:00 in the morning from Castlerock with DA PLAN. The plan was simple - hike up Sherman, make a dash over to Gimini, Back to Sherman, across the Saddle and up Sheridan.
Now what really happened. Got started from the Trailhead about 6:30 on Saturday morning with the clouds hanging half way down the slopes and the air was so moist we could hardly breathe. There were only three cars at the trailhead when we started up and we thought we would be mostly alone on the summit. But that's a later tale. Started up the road until we got to the first mine. Here we were a little confused by the number of roads and trails. After we got a little elevation, we relized that as long a you head in the right general direction, all the roads get you to the same place. I was a little susprised by the amount of talas on the lower slopes. The trail is really rocky nearly all of the way.
Anyway, by the time we hit the saddle between Sherman and Sheridan, we were socked in. I got a couple of picture of the valley from saddle, but the clouds lowered and the next pictures were the summit pictures of us against a grey background.
The summit was everything you don't want. 38 degrees, 15 to 20 m/h wind and light rain. By the time we took our summit pictures and ate a quick MRE, we were getting cold even in fleese and windbreakers. Coming up to the the summit we met a couple of hikers coming down. When we reached the summit, we had it to ourselves. For about 3 minutes. Then a couple arrived, then a father and son and then oh, lets just say it started to get crowded.
Debated a good 5 minutes about trying to make Gimini, but decided that the weather was getting worse. We decided to get back down the mountain before the weather really turned nasty.
Headed back down. When we hit the end of ridge and could see the trail below, I counted 76 hikers coming up and we had already pased 20 or 25. It pays to start early.
By the time we reached the saddle the weather seemed to be clearing, so we decided to attempt Sheridan. The higher we climbed on Sheridan, the better the weather became. By the time we got on top, the weather was clear, sunny and most importantly reasonably warm. The great thing was, no one else climbed Sheridan. We had the peak to ourselves and the views were incredible.
We came straight off Sheridan toward the mines in the valley. we found a talas slope that took up all the way down to the mine. Never had to step on a plant and took a good bit off the trip down. The talas was stable with very little sliding.
Our only regret was bailing out on Gimini. Had we gone on to Gimini, the weather would have have been clear by the time we returned to Sherman. Oh well, better safe than sorry.
All in all, a great day in the mountains.