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Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Post Date:  09/05/2010
Date Climbed:   09/05/2010
Posted By:  TommyF

 Mt. Sherman - Fourmile Creek   

Left Colorado Springs at 0330 and arrived at the trailhead at the gate below the mine a little after 0600. My outdoor adventure buddies Chauncey and Ivy met me at the trailhead. They did a segment of the Colorado Trail saturday and ended up camping (in their truck bed!) at the trailhead Saturday night. Ivy wasn't feeling well and decided not to do the summit this morning and headed home. I suspect staying at 12000 feet overnight probably was causing her migraine.

Chauncey and I left the parking area at 0640. The lower portion of the trail until you get above the Hilltop mine is basically a rough rocky road. Once above the Hilltop mine, the trail turns to "single track" talus. Trail was in very good condition and we quickly made it up to the saddle. The forecast was for strong winds and even stronger gusts.

The lower portion of the saddle was very windy, guessing around 35 mph with gusts approaching 45 or 50. Once past this area, the winds died down until reaching the upper, narrow ridge. I am glad I had trekking poles as a couple of times the wind nearly blew me over. With the temps in the lower 40s, and winds in the 35 to 40 mph range with gusts higher, we stopped to don additional clothing, gloves and face masks. The upper portion of the ridge is rocky, but pretty stable. Made good time to the summit. Once at the wide summit area, the winds died down quite a bit. Arrived at the summit at 0900. Spent about a half hour on the summit, signing the register, grabbing a quick bite to eat, and checking out the saddle over to Gemini Peaks.

We started down the summit at 0930. You could already see a steady stream of hopefuls heading up the trail. The wind was picking up along the upper ridge. There were quite a few hikers that were ill prepared for the conditions, not having the proper clothing or gear for the cool temps and high winds. We saw many start to turn back at the lower saddle due to the wind. Made pretty good progress down the trail and arrived back at the packed parking area at the gate at 1050. There were still quite a few vehicles coming up the road as we were heading down. The road up to the gate below the mine is passable by passenger cars. It is rough, but if you take your time, no problems. I can't say that any 14er is easy in relative terms, but Mount Sherman is the "easiest" that I have do so far. It is well suited for families with kids as we saw quite a few kids on the trail. Start'em young!

Duantless mine just above the locked gate

Looking up towards the Sherman summit and the Hilltop mine

Hilltop mine

Another view of the hilltop mine

Looking back down the trail

Looking up the ridge towards the summit, hikers in the distance

Me on the summit

Pike's Peak in the distance

Looking down the ridge to the approach to the summit

La Plata Peak, Mt. Elbert, and Mt. Massive in the distance

Gemini Peaks with Democrat, Lincoln, Cameron and Bross in the distance

Gemini Peaks

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