Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  05/25/2008
Modified:  05/26/2008
Date Climbed:   05/25/2008
Author:  dcbates80911

 Sherman - An enjoyable day on a slightly different route  

Hiking Parnters – Eatinhardtack (Zach) and Greenhouseguy (Brian)
Distance – 8.2miles RT
Trail – Fourmile Creek Snow Route

This is not the first Sherman summit for any of us. Each has at least one other summit. However, the other summits were much different for many reasons. One change for this trip was the route. We chose the winter snow route for a different view and challenge.

Our Route

We met at the TH ~ 7:00 am. There were several other cars in the parking area so we figured there would be plenty of company. After gearing up, we headed up the road. As with other TR's, we had a beautiful view of the Horseshoe. After passing the Levick mine, we slowly made a northernly turn giving us our first views of Sherman. Some have called this an unspectacular mountain, but it showed its white beauty against the pristine blue sky.

The Horseshoe

Levick Mine

First Views of Sherman

Visual of our Route - Green is the Standard, red was ours

Sherman – A little closer

About 0.5 miles from the gate, we stopped briefly to take pictures of a little friend.

Our Little Friend

Then we continued up the road stopping just before the gate where we would break from the standard trail and ascend towards Sherman's east ridge. We ate and put on our snowshoes. This route took us up some relatively steep snowfields. At one point, we got temporarily separated as Zach took one approach while Brian and I took another. Zach's route was a bit more direct, but ascended fairly quickly. Brian and I followed a gentler slope that took us a little out of our way. We met back up at 13,100ft.

Hilltop Mine

Eatinhardtack with Sherman

Looking back down Fourmile Creek Valley with Greenhouseguy

dcbates80911 moving on up

Sheridan with snowcovered standard route

Hilltop Mine from 13,100

Sherman is getting closer

The last 900+ feet kept the group together. We ascended to the saddle between Sherman and White Ridge and as the climb began to slowly level we made a left turn toward Sherman's Summit reaching it at 10:55am. The wind along this stretch intensified to about (20-25MPH).

Upon reaching the summit, we put on extra layers and took several pictures. The clear sky gave us some beautiful views of the Front Range, Sawatch, and part of the Sangres. After 15 minutes, we descended to get out of the wind. Zach donned his waterproof pants and we pulled out the ice axes for our glissading adventure.

Summit – Elbert and Massive

Holy Cross in the distance


The Lincoln Group

Zach‘s Summit Shot

Summit shot of Greenhouseguy and dcbates80911

Upon reaching the saddle (between Sherman and White Ridge) we took a seat for the quick descent. The glissading was good until we reached just under 13,000ft. Afterwards, the snow became too soft and we sank to a stop. Instead, we walked back the rest of the way.

Overall, it was a great day out with some good partners and awesome conditions. We saw a total of six other people on the mountain or nearby trails, but only encountered two close enough to say "hi". The summit was ours for a brief moment and all of us agreed we liked this route much better.

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 Comments or Questions

Good Job
05/26/2008 16:09
I think that a lot of people would enjoy this route - it seemed like an entirely different mountain, which is not a bad thing. I suspect that the route will turn into a scree hell when the snow melts, though. It was great hiking with you guys.


05/27/2008 00:04
Thanks guy for the info! I‘m excited about getting out there again. And all the ski reports this winter have made me want to start ski decents. I‘m going iowa gultch next week, how did that side look?


05/27/2008 00:33
Greenhouseguy - I agree, I think many people other than day hikers would like this route, but the scree in the summer will not be fun.

SmoothCruX - Since we didn‘t go up the saddle between Sheridan and Sherman, we really didn‘t get a look down towards Iowa Gulch. I know there was quite a bit of snow around the area, but wouldn‘t want to guess and give you bad information.

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