Ever since getting turned back from Huron Peak last September due to a nice snowstorm I have been itching to get back up that direction with my kids to make another attempt. Our original plans were to give it a shot over Father's Day weekend, but baseball, dance, work, honey-do stuff, etc. etc.... kept that from happening so the following weekend was going to be better. Turns out I was able to get an extra day off on Thursday the 24th so I immediately asked the kids if they wanted to attempt a peak on Friday the 25th since we were waiting for some friends to show up Friday evening for another attempt at Huron. They were excited about the possibility of getting two summits in two days. I didn't want to wear the kids or myself down and I needed something that was fairly close to Winfield, where we planned on setting up camp. LaPlata was enticing, but may have been a little tough on one day worth of acclimating. Thought about Oxford/Belford, but it is quite a bit longer than what I was looking for and Missouri Mountain looks a little to intimidating for us at this time. I pretty much narrowed it down to Mt. Sherman because it wasn't too far off, it is a short(ish) hike and I love spending time in Leadville and the kids had never been there. So we had our warm-up peak picked for Friday. We left about 8:00 am central time from Borger, took a nice detour around the Spanish Peaks via the Highway of Legends, stopped by one of the recreation areas on the Arkansas River and made to Winfield right at 6:30 pm mountain time.
the view of Winfield from the campground
The scenery around Winfield was great!
home sweet home...for a day or two.
We got a fire going after getting the tent set up, ate a dinner of hot dogs, pringles and smores, and then curled up in our sleeping bags for some much needed sleep at about 9:30.
The forecast for the area was looking pretty good....storms in the late afternoon but clear that morning so we went ahead and slept in until 5:00, ate a quick breakfast and took off for Leadville to make the attempt on Mt. Sherman from Iowa Gulch.
We made it to the trailhead at about 7:00ish but followed a couple of other trucks to find the actual pull offs and trail.
My little troopers. (Well, the boy is taller than me.)
The trail drops off the south side of the road and goes across a fairly marshy, soft gulch and then starts ascending between Sherman and Sheridan.
Dropping down from the parking spots
The small creek we must cross
Looking toward Sheridan and the trail
The trail begins to steepen quickly and gets pretty rocky. There are some impressive rock outcroppings hovering over you for most of the hike on the west side too.
There were several small snowfields
Looking up the trail toward the Sherman/Sheridan saddle
more rocky terrain
The trail is pretty well defined all the way up to the summit ridge and there is a little loose scree to walk on but the exposure is minimal until you actually start across the ridge itself. But it is still not what I would call an uncomfortable amount of exposure.
Looking up towards the summit!
We made the summit ridge about 9:30 and finally gained the summit right at 10:15. A little slower than I thought we would have done it, but it was also a little harder than I had anticipated. The views are surprisingly good from Sherman. Elbert and Massive are obvious, but you could see the Maroon Bells behind Massive as well as Pyramid Peak. Then you could see Grays/Torreys and Bierstadt/Evans along with the entire Mosquito/Tenmile ranges too. Several other Sawatch 14ers were visible too. Just a good summit in my opinion.
We spent about 30 minutes on the summit, where Claire took a little nap and then it was off to the truck after a hard day hiking~!
Claire's 2nd summit and TJ's 4th
Yay! Finally there! My 11th.
Grays/Torreys over TJ's right shoulder, his first 14ers 3 yrs ago!
You can see the Maroon Bells behind Massive!!!
View down into Leadville!
Looks like little Hot Wheels down there from 2000 ft.
Now for the long trek down.
Did not take long for the kids to zonk out on me.
A few notes woth mentioning here. Don't be fooled by the 4.5 miles round trip. It may sound easy but it is a lot of elevation gain in a short amount of time. Almost any kind of vehicle can make it to the trailhead. It is a little rough, washboarded at times but nothing bad. I think Mt. Sherman may be a little underrated, while the hike is not very scenic, the summit views are great. It is surely a hike that if you haven't done, I recommend doing it. Thanks for reading, and thanks to me forgetting my camera for Huron Peak's hike. I will have to wait on a trip report until I get the pics e-mailed to me.