|Peak:||Mt. Sherman (14er)|
|Route:||Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek|
|Date of Info:||12/30/2010|
County Road 18 had only a light dusting of snow as we approached the TH on the morning of Thursday, Dec 30, 2010. The parking lot at the TH looked plowed and surrounding area had 3-4" of snow at most. We brought snowshoes but did not need them for the first couple miles up the dirt road. From that point on the road was still not bad and parts were blown clear of snow and just dirt off an on. Once above the gate at 12,000" the snow consistently covered the road and got a bit deeper, maybe 6-12" inches in most places, mostly hard crust top.
Around 10 a.m. the snowstorm started and within a few hours dumped an additional 4-6" from the TH all the way to the summit and, in addition to heavy blowing snow winds, freezing temperature and low visibility, thwarted our summit attempt around 13,400.
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