|2017-03-18||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: mikefromcraig
Info: 3 hours up and 2 hours down and we were only going at a moderate pace. Not bad for a winter 14er! conditions were amazing. the forecasted high was 39 and clear skies and even when we were coming back to the car at 11AM we didn't posthole that much. Glad we didn't bring snowshoes. They would probably be necessary a couple hours later though. The very first snow field on your way in is at about 8.5 miles. We made it through (first people to do so this year!) but you can only go about 1/6 mile further up so if you aren't confident about it don't bother trying.
|2017-03-18||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: camocreation
Info: Great weather today to summit via the South Slope from mile marker 7 on Fourmile Creek road. Several vehicles parked at mile marker 7...would have been difficult to get much farther. Trail varied between hip deep soft spots, boot packed, and completely dry bare sections both on the road and higher up. I brought snowshoes but left them in the car because they were not needed on the way up, though they would have been beneficial on the way back due to the temp/sun softening the snow so much by 11am. I did use microspikes from about 13,500' to the summit and back down to about 13,500' because there were some very icy spots on this incline. No spikes necessary if I had stayed more to the right on this section.
|2017-03-12||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2017-03-13, By: toxqan
Info: We made a bit over 6.5 miles down CR18 as did a passenger car. Everything was snow covered after about mile market 7. We ended up turning back 500 ft from the summit after encountering ferocious wind and deteriorating conditions. Neither of us used snowshoes or microspikes. The road was a bit slushy on the way out.
|2017-03-04||Route: SW Ridge via Mt. Sheridan
Posted On: 2017-03-04, By: Stratosfearsome
Info: Drove up CO 18 and parked by 4 mile campground. 8 miles up the road, about 2 miles short of Leavick Mine. Left snowshoes in Jeep. Warm and windy one today! Diverted from the road about 12k and scrambled up frozen scree to Sheridan, then I traversed over to Sherman. Almost totally dry, the trail was very easy to follow. Western winds about 25mph. Atop Sherman, gusts picked up to 40mph and spindrift swirled around. Didn't stay long. Descended gentle snow slopes between Sherman and White ridge. 6hr total. A couple SUVs got stuck at ~ mile 8.2 on the road.
|2017-02-27||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2017-02-27, By: argueb
Info: Signs are posted on the road leading to the trailhead stating that it is not maintained in winter. Found that to be true but was able to make it in a Subaru within about three and a half miles of the summer trailhead. That made for slightly more than a 10 mile round trip with not a soul in sight. Not many have been on this route recently so snow shoes are recommended though not needed much until you leave the road.
|2017-01-29||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2017-01-29, By: bmcqueen
Info: Had to start five miles from Leavick Mine. Walked up the road and camped just above the mine about 11,250'. This morning, we summited via South Slopes route. Snow was continuous to the summit and quite pleasant. We wore snowshoes, but the windblown snow generally held our weight the whole way up with only the occasional post-hole.
|2016-12-02||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2016-12-02, By: bmcqueen
Info: Started from marker #8 on the road at 11,000' (see TH update for more detail). Carried snowshoes, but never put them on. We wore spikes the whole day.
|2016-11-26||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-11-26, By: bmcqueen
Info: Still very little snow on the trail. Large ice flow right at the gate requires traction, but the rest of the hike is a mix between a little snow and bare rock.
|2016-11-20||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-11-20, By: kayleenann8
Info: Trail is mostly clear of snow. There are small amounts of snow on the old mining road to the ridge -- probably avoidable -- I walked through them easily though with no traction or flotation. Route is almost completely snow free from the saddle of the ridge to the summit (summit has a small amount of snow). VERY WINDY on the ridge!
|2016-11-09||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-11-10, By: robwager14
Info: Beautiful day on Sherman. Easy dirt road all the way to the gate. The least windy day I've ever had on a 14er. You could fall asleep at the top it was so calm. All snow and ice was easily avoidable. No traction required anywhere.
|2016-11-01||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-11-03, By: gpschult
Info: Echoing the post below. Great day for a hike! County Road 18 was dry and clear (though a bit bumpy) all the way up to the gate. Encountered a few patches of snow on the trail, but easily avoided all of them. For the most part, the route was clear and I didn't need micro spikes. The weather was calm, clear and cool until the saddle, where the wind really picked up. I was comfortable with five layers over my torso and a face mask. The summit was very windy and cold with stretches of ankle-deep snow, but nothing treacherous.
|2016-10-21||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-10-21, By: jms566
Info: County road 18 was dry up to the parking area near the mine. Trail was generally dry. There was ankle deep drift snow along the saddle approach, near the summit at 13,800, and in places on the summit. All the shelter cairns on the summit were drifted in. Very windy, especially from the saddle up, but wonderfully calm on the summit away from the edge. Started around 11, temp at parking lot was 46, at summit 51, and back at the parking lot at 3 was 55.
|2016-10-08||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-10-08, By: abshdoug
Info: Beautiful day for a climb. The road was clear up to the gate at 12,000 feet. There was some snow and a little ice on the trail. While not 100% necessary, short micro spikes and ski poles are helpful. It was about 45 degrees at 12,000 feet and 10 degrees cooler at 14,000 plus wind. I was the first to arrive at 6:00 a.m. and by the time I arrived back at 11:00 there were 12 cars in the lots. October is a great kept secret on beautiful hikes with minimal traffic.
|2016-10-01||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-10-02, By: whm5011
Info: Beautiful day for a 14er! We arrived at the trailhead at 6:30am and there were only 4 other cars. We summitted at 8:15am and started the descent at 8:30am. Back to the trailhead at 10am with plenty of stops to look at the old mining equipment and I would say we are medium-speed hikers. There were about 15-20 cars at the trailhead when we got back. Skies were completely clear at the start with a few clouds forming on the way down but nothing holding rain/snow. Above 13,000 ft the rocks in the shade had a layer of frost on them, which made them slippery but no traction needed. We took our dog and saw about 4-5 other dogs. Overall, great day and nice, quick 14er! *Sorry, I think I commented on this by accident. This is my first report, sorry I'm a newb!
|2016-09-25||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-09-25, By: SamFletcher
Info: The trail was clear of snow up until the Sheridan-Sherman saddle. After that point, there was a very thin coating of frost on all of the rocks and the trail, and a lot more snow in and around the trail. The amount of frost/snow increased as I approached the summit. Despite the snow, I did not need any traction. The aspens in the area are definitely on the tail end of their peak colors, and given the recent weather I don't see the leaves sticking around for much longer.
|2016-09-09||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-09-10, By: wholstine
Info: Trail completely dry. Summer conditions.
|2016-09-05||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-09-05, By: Roxandnate
Info: Night hike of Sherman with my wife and kids (9 & 11), under a moonless sky. Watched sun rise from summit. Conditions completely dry all the way. Stiff wind (20-30 mph) and temps around 30F.
|2016-08-02||Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2016-08-02, By: KC Masterpiece
Info: Had a great time heading up Mt. Sherman this morning under an awesome sky full of stars with minimal cloud cover. Obviously full summer conditions to the top. Great views of the milky way and the Perseids are definitely starting to heat up and we were able to see many shooting stars since the moon was so dim. Was definitely a nice relaxing climb after South Maroon last week. This was summit #25 for me and #17 for my dog! (he just did Wetterhorn last week and is now ready for class 3 so watch out!) Trailhead 1:50am - Summit 3:15am - Finish 4:15ish - Total hiking time with breaks 3:13. Took a brief break on the summit to clean up trash and fix the large american flag that had fallen and was buried under a few rocks on the summit. Old Glory is now flying true again! I want to take a moment here (I know this should be trip reports) to comment on the absolutely unacceptable amount of trash I took off the mountain with me today. I have attached a photo here which contains a photo of just what the dog packed out. ALL of my pockets were also loaded with small garbage (wrappers, hair ties, ect.). Of the 25 Summits I have completed many were "high popularity" trails and even Bierstadt, Elbert, and Quandary had less refuse floating about. The summit of Sherman almost looked like a typical abused car camping fire ring........ My favorite piece of garbage was the "Mt Sherman 1st 14er!" sign that someone chose to simply toss after taking a photo. Lets keep these mountains clean so we can all enjoy them for many years to come!
|2016-07-23||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-07-25, By: docanime
Info: My hiking partner and I arrived at the Four Mile Creek trailhead around 6:15 (Sat, July 23). By then, there were about 6 cars in the big parking lot just past the ruined Leavick Mine building. We drove to the gate and found about 10 other cars. Because the gate was open, about 5 cars drove up and parked right by the Hilltop mine ruins (another 1/4 mile up). By the time we started climbing, there was a small crowd of us going up. Temp was in the low 50s. Taking the typical route to the Southwest Ridge, there was only 1 major snow pile near that Ridge with the snow already packed down by the many hikers. No poles needed there. The hike along the ridge did become a big harrowing in the narrowest places (about halfway between the Southwest Ridge and the Summit) as the wind was blowing us around. The trail was on the west size of the rocky ridge with little support on the west side. These are seen in photo #12 and #13 here. I'd suggest gloves as holding onto the cold rocks was not fun esp with the blowing wind. We got to the summit around 2 hours later (at 8am). Temp was in the 40s there. There was only about 5 other people. By the time we started our way down, there was a steady stream of hikers and dogs. Hiking poles def helped coming down that narrow section. On the way day, we did very to the south of the Hilltop mine ruins and took a steep rocky trail down that eventually met up with the main trail. There was another small snow pile on the way that was packed down. I'd do not recommend coming down this way unless you really want to see the ruins of the Prospect Mine. Otherwise, just come back down the same way you came up. The entire trip took about 3 hours. No rain luckily.
|2016-07-09||Route: Southwest Ridge from Fourmile Creek
Posted On: 2016-07-11, By: sfrutiger
Info: We left Denver around 4 am to beat the crowds. Arrived at the trailhead around 6 am and were able to park right up front by the gate (there were about 8-10 other cars). Weather was perfect and we were at the old mineshaft right about the time the sunlight hit. Lots of wildflowers everywhere this time of year. It got to be pretty windy once we got above the old mineshaft. There are a couple of small snowfields - no big deal but they are a bit slippery so I would recommend poles. Rest of the hike was a breeze - made it to the summit a little before 8 am. It was windy up top but there is lots of space to sit and hang out. We were down off the spine around 9:00 and there were a ton of people coming up at this point. Made it back down to the trailhead a little before 10 am. Great, easy hike!