Summitted under atrocious whether conditions: freezing temperatures, howling wind, and lots of snow. In hindsight it probably would have been smarter to abort the attempt and turn around, but with a little bit of dogged determination, some stupidity, and quite a quite a bit of luck we made it (and back down) safely. Click here for a trip report.
3rd 14er. easy. windy. crowded.
Real good 1st fourteener. Trail is ok until you reach the hilltop mine. Kinda confusing. Look for cairns. Once you reach the saddle separating Sherman and Sheridan the hike is real clean from there. Forgot my camera!
You know what? I didn't like this mountain. I don't think I've said that very often, but this mountain just doesn't do it for me. The multiple criss-crossed climbers trails, the boring ugly summit. Blech. Maybe I'm too picky??
We summitted Mount Sheridan before Sherman on an easy day from Iowa Gulch. A trip report is available here.
A mellow fourteener that makes a nice training hike. The giant summit region stands out in my mind as the most impressive thing about Sherman. The views of Mount Elbert and Massive are pretty nice too.
I was 5 years old when I first climbed this mountain. Made it to the top before my dad!
Easy for sure and great 14er to take someone on that hasn't done one yet.
Easy, good for a first 14er.
Really, really windy.
The first time we got this one it was from the Iowa Gulch side and it was some of the worst weather I have ever been out in. We literally could not see more that 10 feet in front of us due to the snow and the wind from the north that was really cranked up. The only way we knew we were on the summit ridge was the shelters that we could barely make out in front of us. The second time was also VERY windy, probably the strongest sustained wind I have been in. For such a tame looking peak, Sherman has a way of making you think twice about summiting it.
Easy trail on this sunny day except very windy in particular on the summit; feared to be blown off. Never experienced such wind gusts before! Started off at the Leavick Site. My little car just goes that far. Did not encounter anyone on this hike!
I wasn't looking forward to coming back to this mountain after nearly reaching the summit last year and having to turn around. I eventually decided to come back to finish it off. I made the summit in a little over 2 hours and saw a group of kids from a summer camp on the summit. On the way back down I misplaced my trekking pole and made a valiant attempt to find it again once I realized my mistake but it was gone.
This was the first 14'er I ever climbed. I was 8 years old a the time. This is the mountain that started me on the path that has now become an obsession. This page brings back a lot of memories. Thanks.
This was a very fun hike. The old mining buildings make this a great hike.
My only 14'er of the summer this year- not a good season for me- much too busy at work! Easy but fun, especially climbing with a group of friends (1st 14'er for several of them). #4 for Spencer the Mountain Dog.
MOOOOOOOOOO. I have never felt more like a cow in a cattle drive than on this peak. Literally HUNDREDS of other climbers out that day, and no that's not an exaggeration. Overcrowding was the only down-side, though. Other than that, this peak gets a bad rap, in my book. I counted at least 12 14ers that were visible from the summit, and the narrow summit ridge was suprising and fun (albeit not really designed for the interstate traffic it was seeing.) I say do this one EARLY in the morning to enjoy it before the crowds get there.
Where are the hardest best climbs? Are they in CO or CA? Ask any local and you'll get the locals biased opinion. My wife and I had finished all (-Starlight) the 14ers in California, and were visiting friends in Colorado. I decided to take my wife Synne up the easiest 14er I hadn't climbed to confirm her suspicions that California's 14ers are tougher/better Climbing Sherman certainly did the trick. Especially since one can see Elbert and Massive across the valley. My 13th and easiest Colorado 14er. What a nice hike though.
Pretty easy climb. This was my 6th 14er in as many days so I had planned for an "easy climb." Weather cooperated and this was indeed an easy walk up. Interesting mines along the way and a short glissade on the return route. It was about time to give my bod a break.
Another way too early day. At the summit very near sunrise and was all alone. Nice and peaceful, but way too early to get up and drive.