Peak:  Mt. Sherman (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
 Range:  Mosquito
 Posted By:  Jyak
 Date of Info:  12/26/2011
 Date Posted:  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.

 Comments or Questions

12/27/2011 05:26
did you find the trail i broke a few days ago or has it been filled in already?


12/27/2011 19:05
CinciKid-thx for that trail. Yours was fully 'in' and my group followed it the whole way.
As Jyak mentioned, the road ceases to be plowed below Leavick, but if you have the guts to try it, it gets easier higher up. I did see remnants of some stuck vehicles though. I would park it down low I think.


Different route
12/28/2011 16:23
We took a different route in, we approached from the NW, not from Leavick and the SE. There were two different boot trails in from the road at Iowa Ampatheatre; one stopped at about 11,800', the other at about 12,000', where the traverse to the gully starts.

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