An exceedinly windy and cold day. It was very clear, however. The summit ridge was a little icy in parts, but nothing major.
Started from the Fourmile Creek 4WD and ascended the road past the mining ruins. Climbed up to the ridge and then to the large summit. A nice 4.5 hours day.
My second time climbing this one from Four Mile was very quick - three hours. We were going to also climb Gemini Peak, but clouds moved in, although the weather started out very nice. Most of the folks on the summit were from out of state.
Started from the gate - reached the summit after about 1hr 20min. Traversed over to Gemini then back down. The weather was pretty rough - extremely windy and cold with about 100 yard visibility, but by around 11:00 on my way down the clouds suddenly cleared and there was blue sky everywhere!
My 5th fourteener; awesome day! Got kind of mixed up with the fresh snow on the ground and all the intertwining dirt roads, but made it to the ridgeline and summit without problem. A calm day with fog hanging in the distant valleys. Beautiful!
Great hike with my 9 year old son. Paul
My second fourteener and my first in 2 years. Nice easy hike had a lot of energy when we got to the top so we went and did a couple of the nearby 13ers. (White Ridge maybe?)
One of Aaron's and I first 14-ers, so at the time it was nice. It's overshadowed, now, by others. I agree with Aaron--west route is better.
My son Troy, his wife Heather, Kolton & Kassidy, my grandkids, myself, Troy's friend Tom and his son Duston climbed today. It was first 14er for everyone but Tom, Troy & me. The day was cloudy and Sherman had a dusting of snow but the weather held pretty well. When we came down the ridge it got pretty cold with the wind and snow. The snow & cold only lasted about 10 minutes though. All in all, it was a good climb.
A fairly easy hike with the exception of the numerous roads and trails around the mines in the basin. This one was my first solo although there were quite a few people on the mountain.
The hike started out fine, until I reached the Sherman-Sheridan saddle, where it became cloudy and very windy. The wind seemed to die down at the summit, where the views are very nice. Pretty easy despite the wind. Then from there, I hiked on over to the Gemini peaks.
Neat route. I'm getting more comfortable with the more obscure routes now that I know the mountains and understand topos better. Saw a lot of neat flora and fauna and no people til the summit. That was pretty neat. Bryan hit some quicksand like stuff on the way down that I thought was kind of funny...he didn't seem to share in the amusement!
This route is not traveled very often, but is a nice way up Sherman. Bush whacked for about .25 miles and then found the gulley to start heading up. Gained the ridge and could see Gemini and what we thought was Sherman. Headed towards Sherman and realized that we were headed towards a false summit. Traversed to the west and then headed to the summit. Nice day, lots of people on top, and then headed toward Gemini.
Short climb to a flat summit. According to notes made by my father on that trip, one couple up there had a 6-week old baby with them! Not wise.
Short hike but really brutal winds once on the ridge.
Sherman may be regarded as easy but it's still 14000ft and still needs a lot of respect.
Started the hike from the Leadville side (Iowa Gulch). Plenty of easy parking. The trail up to the col between Sheridan and Sherman was windy and was fairly uninteresting. Coming up to the col from the other side i.e. the traditional, slightly longer route past the deserted mines, would have been more sheltered and more interesting.
Winds were gale force on the ridge but it was possible, with a couple of wind-blasted exceptions, to stay sheltered on the leeward side of the ridge. The first summit is false (but its hard to tell that). A short 5 minute flat stretch puts you on the real summit with the summit register. We saw one couple go down after reaching the false summit. Some snow and hail on the top so even in July it can be rough up there!
First fourteener for me in a few years. After sitting in front of the computer all winter and a good portion of spring, gaining an inordinate amount of weight, this "easiest fourteener" wore me out! After reading about the flat, expansive summit, I found the relatively narrow south ridge from the Sherman/Sheridan saddle to be surprisingly interesting and lots of fun.
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??