Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  07/31/2008
Modified:  10/24/2008
Date Climbed:   07/19/2008
Author:  downhillbri

 Wow! Was that easy!  

A nice early morning (darkness) drive from Silverthorne with a few deer on the road along the way. The dirt road in was a bouncy, easy drive. We (not being purists) started at the gate around 6 AM.

On the way up we decided to go left at the main intersection above Dauntless Mine so we added a bit more trail time by going under the Hilltop Mine and then rejoining the main trail. The remaining snowfield was nicely frozen so the traverse was easy (see photo #2). The upper sections were like walking on sidewalks (compared to other peaks we've done)...we almost expected a paved pathway!

We got to the top as fast as my 65 year old legs would allow and enjoyed the bright sunshine and blue sky.
The uphill queen, Jo, signed the log.
The views were terrific and the mountain was not as bleak as some pictures depict. And the wildflowers were everywhere.

On the way down, we encountered the late arrival "conga line" coming up. Stopped to chat with a few nice people along the way. Coming down the snow field was "interesting," meeting people on the way up on the narrow path, where we all did a little dance to get around each other.

On the downhill trek, we stopped at the Hilltop Mine ruins for a closer look and marveled at the history of these places, the engineering and the toughness of the people that worked them.

The wildflowers amid the mine timbers were striking.

This was, by far, the easiest and shortest of all the 14ers we've done but really liked the mountain.

A cold beer and lunch on the deck of the Irish Pub in Breckenridge finished our afternoon.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Piece of Cake
08/01/2008 18:55
I could not agree with you more. I felt the same way with Sherman. It is by far the easiest 14er.

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