Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  08/22/2011
Date Climbed:   08/20/2011
Author:  BradonTop
 March up Sherman  

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. -John Muir (1838-1914).

Mt. Sherman certainly gave me a "grand show". I was looking for a relatively easy climb, because I only had about five hours to spare. I arrived at the gate at the top of Four Mile Creek Road at 7:45 am and returned there at 11:30 am, spending about half an hour on top. I went all the way to the end of the old mining road after the gate, past a bunch of old mining buildings.Image
Mining shacks on the upper mining road

The "regular route" goes off to the right before you get to the top, where you see a sink hole. Mt. Sherman will be on the left, with a long spine, and Mt. Sheridan (a Thirteener) will be on your right, if I recall correctly.
After scrambling a bit, I rejoined the "regular route" near a snow filed.Image
Snow field almost up to the spine
, then climbed up to the long spine.Image
The long climb up the spine
. At the base of the spine I couldn't figure out how the route earned a "class 2" designation, because it was an easy walk. But, at the top, it narrows considerably and there is some exposure. You need to exercise caution, and it may make some people a little nervous, but it is not too hard.
On top the mountain is long -- someone planted an American flag at the true top. It was pointed west, towards Leadville.Image
View from on top, looking west towards Leadville
. The views on top were stupendous, with Pikes Peak off to the southeast (not visible in this photo).Image
The trip down was easy and fast. I followed the "regular route" past a nicely preserved old miner's cabin.Image
Mining shack on the way down (on the "normal path")
Overall, a very satisfying climb, even if a bit crowded.

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