August 1, 2004: Iowa Gulch
August 17, 2006: Fourmile Creek, Night Hike
In the winter you have to park prior to reaching the Leavick Townsite so be prepared for the extra mileage you can (usually) easily avoid avalanche conditions
You know you had a nice winter day of climbing when there are people on the summit with their shirts off posing for the photographer! I hear winds on this summit can be insane, glad we were so fortunate with such incredible weather!
In 1983 and again in 1988 I climbed from Leavick to the south ridge, by the "standard route". On Sept. 27, 1992 I started from high in Iowa Gulch, climbing Dyer Mtn by the SE Slopes route and continued ESE along the narrow ridge to Gemini (Class II). The walk south from Gemini to Sherman's summit is an easy stroll on a high plateau, with the summit in view the entire way. From the summit I continued south to the Sherman/Sheridan saddle, and then returned to the west from there along a lightly used trail along the northern side of this drainage (not on the maps) and some scree, where the trail had disappeared over the years. This is a nice tour that avoids most of the crowds and allows more summits to be climbed as well.
The snow made it possible to slide down from the saddle.
What an awesome climb! Mt. Sherman is definitely a good beginning fourteener for novice climbers, especially in winter. I climbed Sherman with Wildman21, Alex Wann, and Trevor Simmons, and it was my first winter summit of a fourteener. We climbed it under a full moon and had a blast--not to mention the south ridge before the summit was wild to cross in the wind and driving snow. It was great.
I climbed with Trevor Simmons, Alex Wann, and Dylan Wann. The climb was wonderful. The moonlit night climb was spectacular, and the final push to the summit was in near zero visibility in the driving snow. After leaving our camp at 1:00am, we finally reached the summit a couple hours before sunrise at 5:00am. Mount Sherman was a most rewarding climb.
I climbed with Wildman21, Alex Wann, and Dylan Wann. We started climbing at 1:00 AM and summitted at 5:00 AM. Shortly after we reached the summit, extremely strong winds and snow made the moonlight trek down miserable. The climb was good, save post-holing and painful scree slogging. The summit ridge was very fun and rewarding, though!
Yet another awesome day! Parked a mile shy of Leavick due to 8" of snow on the road and bad tires. Snowshoes and crampons weren't necessary, but were a plus in spots. Standard ascent up the ridge had significant, avalanche-looking-potential kinda snow on it so, we ascended closer to the summit where there was very little snow and much talus protruding through. Endured a headwind for most of the ascent, but nothing compared to the ridge. The ridge was unfairly windy and a few gusts had me fearing I might literally get blown off. Even with the wind, the day was perfect, cobalt blue skies and beautiful views as always! Oh yeah, and don't forget your gaitors...I did.... :(
From the four wheel drive trailhead this is a relatively easy fourteener with only one short narrow section that was a little sketchy due to high winds. Great views of Elbert and Massive to the west.
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.