Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  06/28/2011
Date Climbed:   06/26/2011
Author:  gegustafson
 Mt Sherman - Newcomer's Summit!  

Our group from Colorado Springs recently added a couple that have moved to Colorado from Florida. We convinced them that to be a true Coloradoan they would have to summit a 14er (and not by car)! Mt. Sherman was suggested as a great combination of aerobic excerise, beautiful views and even a tiny bit of mountaineering. It may be one of the easiest but it still gives a full menu of experiences never to be forgotten. Our climbing party consisted of Glenn (all Colo 14ers summitted), Laura (many Colo and Cal 14ers), Mary (a Pikes Peak Ascent runner) and our Floridians, Nick and Nora.

We got a fairly early start at 7am, with a crisp chill in the air and a pretty heavy breeze for that early in the morning. I actually got my 4WD pickup stuck in the mud trying to park but luckily had a a tow rope to pull out! We started heading up the road to the gate. I asked Laura how long it would be before Nick questioned why we didn't park higher! Sure enough he did and we explained the 3,000' rule to him.

We made the first mine house and Nick, the photographer of the group, loved the photo ops! We also got our first really good close-up of the summit.

Mt Sherman From Below

We continued up the great trail to the second set of mines/houses. It was a great spot for a long break and to get out of the wind, which had picked up by then. We could see some climbers doing a direct ascent up the snowfield and admired their courage!

The Direct Route
We opted for the traditional route on a traverse through the snowfield and I think our new Floridians we surprised at the snow. Luckily, there were great firm footsteps that early in the morning and the traverse didn't take long to reach the saddle. The trail up the ridge looked a little daunting and the wind was blowing pretty hard but we took a short break and trudged on!

At the saddle Laura decided she wanted to summit Mt. Sheridan next over and she went over and was back within 45 minutes, what a machine. I managed to pick up Mt. Sheridan while the others were descended Mt. Sherman and was able to catch up below the saddle.

Summit from the saddle

I chose not tell Nick and Nora about the false summit's since I didn't want to discourage them. They were feeling the altitude a little and the wind was absolutely brutal (isn't it always Sherman?). The nice part is after making it that ridge line a ways you just walk the ridge to the Summit! Super windy on top but we ate a drank and took some pictures.

Nick & Nora
Glenn & Mary

I'll admit even I was surprised at the amount of snow! I knew it was a snowy winter but had no idea the high country had that much! Wish some of that was on my front lawn in Colorado Springs.

Snow on summit

We started our way and I informed our friends of a special treat, the glissade! I don't think they really believed me and boy does that make for a quick descent and some fun!

Glissade #1
Glissade #2

We finished the trudge back down the road to the car and then back to Colorado Springs and high 90's temps! Boy, was that snow a relief from this heat wave.

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 Comments or Questions

Snow on Sherman
06/28/2011 15:22
Looks like you had fun! I'll be hiking Sherman later in July. I'm hoping some of that snow will still be there.

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