|Peak:||Mt. Sherman (14er)|
|Route:||Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek|
|Date of Info:||03/25/2012|
The road starts out very snowy (no snowshoes needed - just walk on it) but the snow slowly disappears as you gain elevation. Past the 12,000‘ gate the trail is pretty dry for a while, and then you will cross a couple snowfields while making your way up to the saddle. The last hundred feet or so to the saddle is a free-for-all since the east wall of the saddle has hung onto its snow (was safe today, but always be careful). The northern part of the saddle has somewhat of a cornice. The ridge is all dry until you get close to the summit. I wore spikes for a total of about 10 minutes on Sherman while ascending the snow to the saddle, but they could have been helpful on any of the snowy areas.
In the afternoon, the road will have soft snow and will be muddy as well. If you really want to, you can take snowshoes with you but the post-holing isn‘t that bad. I never sunk in much farther than my ankles, just follow the bootpack and watch your step.
Here's a picture of Sherman from Sheridan today (3/25):
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