|Peak:||Mt. Sherman (14er)|
|Route:||West Slopes from Iowa Gulch|
|Date of Info:||12/26/2011|
A few spots on the dirt road up to the summer trailhead demand a decent 4WD; it is actually bare in many spots but for these drifts. Good clearance 4WD can make it all the way to the summer trailhead.
Snow sucks. There's a bit of crust on top of very dry sugar snow. Nothing seems to get really good purchase (snowshoes, crampons, and/or microspikes). It's about knee to hip high. Snowshoes are required crossing the willows to the gully. Once you make to the gully, you have mixed snow and tallus; take whatever route works for your traction.
Ice ax is strongly recommended for the bit of traverse as you approach the gully. There are a few spots where the runout at the bottom of a slide would be less than ideal.