Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  07/07/2011
Modified:  03/27/2012
Date Climbed:   07/07/2011
Author:  dehrlich101
Additional Members:   frobert_55
 Sherman Glissading  

We came up from Denver on Wednesday afternoon. We stopped and ate in Fairplay at the "Irish pub/liquor store" what a classy establishment. Actually the food was really good, if you decide to venture in order the strawberry jalapeno wings, they are awesome.

We set up camp on a side road off of County Road 18, about a couple miles from the Fourmile Creek Trail head.

We parked at the pull off below the Dauntless mine at 12,000 ft, and started up the trail at 5:41 am. It was a great morning not a cloud in the sky, and not too cold Image
Fourmile Creek

Once you get past the Dauntless mine you head east, then north underneath the Hilltop mine and then go left again above the mine. Image
Hilltop Mine

After passing the Hilltop mine, you continue up to the right then to the left again. At this point there is a snowfield you must cross to reach the saddle. The snow is stable and can be done without micro spikes or a walking aids. Image
Snow field

The saddle is at 13,000 ft, and you follow it to the right towards the summit. Image We kept to the left of the saddle where you have a great view of Leadville and Turquoise Lake to the left. You can also stay on the standard route to the right of the saddle, which we took on the way back down. The ridge narrows as you continue towards the summit, the rock is semi stable with a little scrabbling to do towards the top. The summit is pretty flat and to reach the register you continue on about another 1/4 mile. Image

When we were coming down we stayed on the other trail to the left, and followed that back down to the saddle. At this point we could have gone down the way we came or glissade to the base of the hilltop mine! We chose to glissade! There is a deep shoot towards the end of the saddle that is perfect for the ride down. With our trusty trash bags we made a fast decent.

One last picture of the shack below the hilltop mine, and then headed back to the car. All in all, it was a good trip with great weather. It took us a total of 2 hours and 41 minutes. Perfect mountain for a quick day trip. Image

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

I saw you guys on the summit
07/08/2011 01:14
hey i was the guy in the red jacket with two others who summited right before you. Great Climbing day!


07/12/2011 01:58
Great day! We'll most likely be on Democrat, Lincoln, cameron, and bross finishing up the range. Keep it up!

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