| Sherman - An enjoyable day on a slightly different route
Hiking Parnters – Eatinhardtack (Zach) and Greenhouseguy (Brian)
Distance – 8.2miles RT
Trail – Fourmile Creek Snow Route
This is not the first Sherman summit for any of us. Each has at least one other summit. However, the other summits were much different for many reasons. One change for this trip was the route. We chose the winter snow route for a different view and challenge.
We met at the TH ~ 7:00 am. There were several other cars in the parking area so we figured there would be plenty of company. After gearing up, we headed up the road. As with other TR's, we had a beautiful view of the Horseshoe. After passing the Levick mine, we slowly made a northernly turn giving us our first views of Sherman. Some have called this an unspectacular mountain, but it showed its white beauty against the pristine blue sky.
First Views of Sherman
Visual of our Route - Green is the Standard, red was ours
Sherman – A little closer
About 0.5 miles from the gate, we stopped briefly to take pictures of a little friend.
Our Little Friend
Then we continued up the road stopping just before the gate where we would break from the standard trail and ascend towards Sherman's east ridge. We ate and put on our snowshoes. This route took us up some relatively steep snowfields. At one point, we got temporarily separated as Zach took one approach while Brian and I took another. Zach's route was a bit more direct, but ascended fairly quickly. Brian and I followed a gentler slope that took us a little out of our way. We met back up at 13,100ft.
Eatinhardtack with Sherman
Looking back down Fourmile Creek Valley with Greenhouseguy
dcbates80911 moving on up
Sheridan with snowcovered standard route
Hilltop Mine from 13,100
Sherman is getting closer
The last 900+ feet kept the group together. We ascended to the saddle between Sherman and White Ridge and as the climb began to slowly level we made a left turn toward Sherman's Summit reaching it at 10:55am. The wind along this stretch intensified to about (20-25MPH).
Upon reaching the summit, we put on extra layers and took several pictures. The clear sky gave us some beautiful views of the Front Range, Sawatch, and part of the Sangres. After 15 minutes, we descended to get out of the wind. Zach donned his waterproof pants and we pulled out the ice axes for our glissading adventure.
Summit – Elbert and Massive
Holy Cross in the distance
The Lincoln Group
Zach‘s Summit Shot
Summit shot of Greenhouseguy and dcbates80911
Upon reaching the saddle (between Sherman and White Ridge) we took a seat for the quick descent. The glissading was good until we reached just under 13,000ft. Afterwards, the snow became too soft and we sank to a stop. Instead, we walked back the rest of the way.
Overall, it was a great day out with some good partners and awesome conditions. We saw a total of six other people on the mountain or nearby trails, but only encountered two close enough to say "hi". The summit was ours for a brief moment and all of us agreed we liked this route much better.
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