|Peak:||Mt. Sherman (14er)|
|Date of Info:||01/02/2014|
Winter trailhead (~1/2 mile below Leavick Mine) is recommended.
Used snowshoes from car until reaching the S/SW windswept face of White Ridge. This face leads to saddle between Sherman & White Ridge.
In the past, I've hiked up the road until near the gate and then turn to the N (right turn off the road) to find the safest slopes.
However, on this hike we turned off the road ~1/4 mile before the gate, around 11,800' contour. On TOPO!, I can see the CR 18 symbol near the turnoff. It's a flat area and signs of campers' use in the past.
From this turnoff, we went to the E (right) of a line of trees to stay on mellow terrain. Some trail breaking was necessary but was not unreasonable.
The pictures attached have approximate routes shown in green.
1st: looking up through the trees near our turnoff
2nd: above trees on bench (~12,200'), looking down at our route from road
3rd: another view of lower route
4th: on descent, our tracks leading to S/SW face of windblown saddle route is fairly obvious
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