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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
 Post Date:  08/04/2008 Modified: 08/05/2008
 Date Climbed:   07/13/2008
 Posted By:  lodidodi

 Iowa Gulch w/kids and gummie bears   

My son is 6 and my stepson is 8 and this was both their first 14er. My friend and his boxer also went with. We decided to camp at Turquoise lake Saturday, then climb Sherman via Iowa Gulch Sunday. Saturday around 3pm we arrived at Leadville and decided to go find the trailhead so we knew exactly where to go in the morning. We came to the fork in the road but didn't see a sign saying Mt. Sherman and I didn't see it on the way back so it might not be there anymore. We went left at the fork in the road and drove all the way up till the deadend at the mine. We realized we went too far so we backtracked a little and found the trailhead. There is a yellow pole at the trailhead and a parking area. Image

On our drive down we found a 4WD road going down through the pine trees so we decided to go down it in my friends trailblazer. It lead us down to a more defined 4wd road that goes either up to the trailhead or down to the right side of the fork in the road where another mine is. I think the 4wd road was mostly along the powerlines and we crossed a couple small creeks. We had no problems on that and it was a pretty fun detour.

The next morning we got to the trailhead at 6am and started down. A cairn comes up pretty quick and you need to turn left to stay on the trail up to Sherman. Image

The trail is pretty well defined.
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Short hike through some vegetation and a small creek crossing are ahead.
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The first goal is to get to the saddle. You can't see the saddle in this picture but you can just see Mt. Sheridan.
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Looking back down at the trailhead. We crossed a small patch of hardpacked snow about a 1 foot deep. I could see a couple postholes but we went right over it.
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Another view looking back down.
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Almost to the top of the saddle.
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On top of the Saddle. Your next goal is to get up to the SW ridge and follow it to the summit.
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Looking back down at the Saddle and Mt. Sheridan
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Looking up the SW ridge, you can't see the summit from here.
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The long flat way almost to the summit.
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The summit, GUMMIE BEAR TIME!
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Looking down from the Summit back at the Trailhead.
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It took us about 3 1/2 hours to summit. We took LOTS of breaks and had snacks and PB&J for lunch. I carried both my kids camelbaks once we got up to the saddle to make it a little easier for them. The saddle was pretty windy so it felt a lot cooler than it was. Bring gloves hats for kids and don't forget sunscreen! The hardest part for them was going down from the saddle since there is some loose scree so my friend and I each held one of their hands.



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