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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
 Post Date:  07/31/2008 Modified: 10/24/2008
 Date Climbed:   07/19/2008
 Posted By:  downhillbri

 Wow! Was that easy!   

A nice early morning (darkness) drive from Silverthorne with a few deer on the road along the way. The dirt road in was a bouncy, easy drive. We (not being purists) started at the gate around 6 AM.

On the way up we decided to go left at the main intersection above Dauntless Mine so we added a bit more trail time by going under the Hilltop Mine and then rejoining the main trail. The remaining snowfield was nicely frozen so the traverse was easy (see photo #2). The upper sections were like walking on sidewalks (compared to other peaks we've done)...we almost expected a paved pathway!

We got to the top as fast as my 65 year old legs would allow and enjoyed the bright sunshine and blue sky.
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The uphill queen, Jo, signed the log.
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The views were terrific and the mountain was not as bleak as some pictures depict. And the wildflowers were everywhere.
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On the way down, we encountered the late arrival "conga line" coming up. Stopped to chat with a few nice people along the way. Coming down the snow field was "interesting," meeting people on the way up on the narrow path, where we all did a little dance to get around each other.
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On the downhill trek, we stopped at the Hilltop Mine ruins for a closer look and marveled at the history of these places, the engineering and the toughness of the people that worked them.

The wildflowers amid the mine timbers were striking.
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This was, by far, the easiest and shortest of all the 14ers we've done but really liked the mountain.

A cold beer and lunch on the deck of the Irish Pub in Breckenridge finished our afternoon.



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  • Comments or Questions (1)
skimrg81

Piece of Cake     2008-08-01 12:55:07
I could not agree with you more. I felt the same way with Sherman. It is by far the easiest 14er.



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