Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  06/20/2011
Date Climbed:   06/19/2011
Author:  DScott49
 Two Fathers, One Peak, An Awesome Day  

My brother Ed is here for a weeklong visit from Michigan. Thought we would start out the 14'er fun with a hike up Mt. Sherman on Father's Day, 19 June. We started from Colo Spgs at 0330 and were hiking at 06:18. We were able to park just below the gated part of the road. On our way up to the trailhead we spotted a mother moose and her baby (Image
Mama Moose and Baby
); we knew it was going to be a great day!

The regular route is still snow covered but there are many tracks to pick from where others have gone before. We hiked up to the far right of the saddle and avoided several areas of snow. The snow we did traverse was firm and we left the snowshoes below. We found footing firm enough that we didn't put on micro-spikes, although they would have added some traction.

Once we got up to the ridge, the winds were awful. Since we both have just a slightly stubborn streak, we drove on. With only being in CO since Friday afternoon, my brother did great! He stayed ahead of me the whole way trying to drag his older brother along. We stayed at the top only long enough for a few pics (Ed at top (Image
Ed at Sherman Summit
), Me at top (Image
Me at Sherman Summit
), Summit view (Image
Summit View
). It took us just over 2 hours to summit.

Here is a picture back into the valley as others were coming up (Image
Into the Valley
). The glissading was fun on two good fields (Image
Glissading Fun
) (Image
Glissading 2
). The descent only took 1 hour and 15 min. Down by the mines the caretaker checked to see that we made it out ok (Image
The Caretaker
). The spring flowers are starting to bloom and bring out some nice color around the snow patches (Image
Spring Flowers
) (Image
Spring Flowers 2

On the way out of the valley, we were able to pull out a vehicle where a man and his two children had slid off a side trail and were stuck. We topped it off with an awesome BBQ lunch at a new place on 285 just north of the main turn onto 9 into Fairplay called Mason's High Country BBQ. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area!

My brother turns 41 on Wednesday, and I hit 51 next week. We plan to celebrate by summiting Elbert this Wednesday. If anyone hiked Elbert this weekend, how were the conditions?

Happy hiking!

Dr. Dave

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 Comments or Questions

Congratulations, guys!
06/20/2011 19:32
Nice to see the flowers again and bring some color to the trails!


we almost went
06/20/2011 22:17
Great TR.. thanks... a friend & I were going to take our 4th graders up there, but bailed b/c of the snow (don't want them to have a bad 1st trip )... instead we hit Stanley Canyon and did some fishing... and I love the honesty ”Since we both have just a slightly stubborn streak...” I've been there too!

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