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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
 Post Date:  06/24/2007 Modified: 06/30/2007
 Date Climbed:   06/23/2007
 Posted By:  KeithK

 "Movin on up! To the..." Mt. Sherman   

Date: June 23, 2007
Combatants: KeithK and Greenhouseguy(and a cast of thousands!)
Obstacles: Mt. Sherman and Gemini Peak

After being forced to cancel an attempt at Mt. Sherman 2 weeks ago, as well as last week's TalusMonkey tribute on Humboldt, I wasn't going to allow a sprained foot to ruin another weekend. So, I met Brian at our usual spot at the Morrison Park N Ride at 4:30 a.m., and we headed for Fairplay. After a quick pit stop, we were at the gate and ready to hike at 6:45.

Everybody and their 7 year old(I'm quite sure there were several on this day) has climbed this mountain, or so it seems. But I still found it to be an adventure, and a fun hike.

Sherman appears in the early morning light...


Greenhouseguy, being the adventurous route finder he is, decided for the trail up to Hilltop mine. We had to traverse some semi-slick snow for about a hundred yards, and then begin the ascent up this talus heap. It actually kind of reminded me of fishing off of the dam at Rifle Gap Reservoir when I was a kid, without the water and fishing part. Just the ankle busting rock part...



It was here, as I felt the stairmaster effect kicking in, that the title of this trip report was realized. I seem to always have a song stuck in my head when I'm hiking. Usually, it's something I've been listening to recently. But, for some reason, not this time. All I could think was: "Movin' on up!... to a 14er summit, in the sky-hi-y". I haven't actually seen an episode of the Jeffersons this century, but it is what it is. God forbid Stairway to Heaven or something else semi-decent would have presented itself. Oh well. After a short while, I was relieved of my reverie with the crest of the ridge, and Hilltop Mine with Sherman looming in the background.




Looking back down the valley...


As we sat and had a snack, we watched NycICK masterfully glissade from the Sherman-Sheridan saddle, with dog in tow. He stood to overwhelming applause! Well, as much as two people clapping and hollering can be overwhelming... We introduced ourselves, and unfortunately he had lost his camera on the trail. Fortunately, as of the writing of this, it's been found and is on its way back home.

We continued on, following the standard route over what little snow is left on the trail. Good steps are kicked in, and it only took a few minutes to reach the saddle and begin the climb up Sherman's loose and rocky ridgeline. From here it's not an altogether unpleasant hike, as the rocks keep you paying attention to each step, but I never really worried too much about aggravating my sore foot. After more stairmaster, I reached the summit a good half hour after Greenhouseguy, but that was all right with me. The views were spectacular, and it was an incredible day!

Greenhouseguy took advantage of his lead, and went over to tag Gemini Peak...


Greenhouseguy on the summit of Sherman, with Cameron, Lincoln, Bross and Torreys and Grays in the background...


My summit shot...


I always love to try my hand at identifying the surrounding peaks, and I was actually dead on with the naked eye, but Google Earth is always there for reassurance...

Holy Cross...I can't wait to climb this one...


Massive, looking, well, massive...I was disappointed, because I didn't get a shot of what I'm quite sure was Mt. Sopris standing proudly behind Turquoise Lake, albeit way off in the distance...


Elbert, looking close enough to reach out and touch...


Impressive LaPlata...


Huron, with the Apostles visible to the left...


(l-r)Oxford, Belford, Missouri...


Collegiates...(l-r)Yale, Columbia, Harvard...


To the north... Democrat, Quandary, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross...


Torreys and Grays standing tall and proud...


And playing hide and seek behind Mt. Silverheels, shy Mt. Bierstadt, with Spalding to the left. I'm quite sure we could just barely make out Evans hiding there, too...


The views of South Park from this summit were awesome as well, with the Kenosha/Platte range to the east, and Pikes looming off in the distance. Spinney Mtn. Reservoir and Elevenmile Reservoir can even be seen. Anyone up for some fishing for northern pike?

After a nice time on the summit with many of our happy fellow hikers, it was time to head back down. After all, that now famous glissade was waiting!

First, an attempt to capture some alpine flora...


And now, for the fun to begin...

Greenhouseguy goes first!









Then my turn! Yes, that's terror, errr, sheer joy on my face!


It was a blast! And then watching the next dozen people follow suit was equally as amusing. A good time had by all!

The hike down was uneventful, and it was soon time for my favorite part of every descent... off with the boots, socks and pantlegs, and on with the sandals... ahhhh, fresh air! Another terrific day in the mountains!

 


  • Comments or Questions (1)
Greenhouseguy



Sherman     2010-11-30 10:20:10
The weather was ideal, the other hikers were friendly, and the views were impressive. Glissading was an added bonus, and it is a surprisingly fun spectator sport.

There are lots of other hiking opportunities in the area-Horseshoe Mountain, Peerless Mountain, Finback Knob, Mt. Sheridan, the Geminis, Dyer Peak, and a few others are in the immediate vicinity. That could keep you busy for a while.

It's not exactly a pristine mountain, but there were quite a few wildflowers to enjoy. Apine Avens, Apline Forget-me-Nots, Alpine Springbeauties, Sky Pilots, Alpine Primroses, Purple Scorpionweeds, and several others are in bloom. The Limber Pines and Bristlecone Pines are particularly nice. On the drive through South Park, there were quite a few Mountain Irises in bloom. Look for them in moist pastures.

We didn't see a whole lot of wildlife, but I'm sure that things get lively when the sun goes down. We saw a young elk, a mountain bluebird, a marmot scurrying in the talus, and a number of beaver dams on Fourmile Creek. I saw a porcupine up there last October.

It was a pretty memorable outing. On the way back through Fairplay, I could swear that I saw Mr. Hankey...



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