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Mt. Sherman

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4.8 mile 7.7 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,972' 601 m
Descent: -1,971' -601 m
High: 14,028' 4,276 m
Low: 12,056' 3,675 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 78% (38°)

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Trail shared by Mike Langenkamp

One of the easiest 14ers, Mt Sherman is rich in mining history.

Mike Langenkamp

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

During the winter months the road is usually closed closer to 11,000 ft.

Overview

Mount Sherman, Colorados 46th highest peak, is a great first 14er. It is possible to park as high as 12,000 feet, leaving only a couple thousand feet of elevation gain to the summit and a round-trip hike of under five miles.

Need to Know

While this is one of the easiest 14ers, it's still an alpine hike. Bring good footwear, plenty of water, and warm clothing. The average hiker should expect a time of around 5-6 hrs round trip.

Description

The standard route starts at the Fourmile Creek trailhead and heads up the southwest ridge. From Fairplay, drive south just one mile on 285. Turn right onto County Road 18 and drive 10 miles to the Leavick upper parking area at 11,200 ft. In good conditions, the gate at Leavick is open and 4WD and burly 2WD cars can make it up to 12,000 ft, with various pulloff spots along the road.

From the Leavick upper parking area, begin up the road, passing a gate at 12,000 feet which leads to the Dauntless Mine and some old wooden buildings at 12,300 feet.

Continue northwest into a basin below Hilltop Mine and follow the old road up to the mine at 12,900 feet. From here, head west as the grade increases and hike up loose rock along a rough trail to the 13,140-foot-high saddle between Mount Sherman on the right (north) and 13,748-foot Mount Sheridan on the left (south).

Next, navigate to the right on Mt. Shermans southwest ridge, following braided trails along the ridgeline. After a few hundred feet the ridge begins to narrow but stays wide enough to avoid any danger. There are some scrambly spots than can be avoided with good route finding skills. Continue up along the ridge crest to the mountains long, flat summit. Find the summit cairn and the summit register (a PVC pipe attached to a pole), sign your name and enjoy the views.

Flora & Fauna

For many decades, Mt. Sherman was a mining mecca, so you shouldn't be too surprised to see nothing but rocks, pika, and marmots.

History & Background

In January 1967 an Aspen-bound charter flight crash-landed on the summit after experiencing violent down-drafts during an unexpected storm. Parts of the Cessna 310 can still be found on the mountain. Landing in deep winter snow, none of the passengers were harmed. It ultimately took twenty hours for a rescue team to reach the downed aircraft by helicopter. Everyone was rescued and pilot Jimmy Williamson ended up having the unexpected honor of being the first person to land an airplane on a 14er!

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Oct 17, 2019
Ian H
parked 1.3mi away from the trailhead 7.4mi — 5h 30m
Oct 6, 2019
Eric Nentrup
Sucking air big time. Hope to be better acclimated tomorrow. 5.2mi — 3h 41m
Sep 14, 2019
Gabe Allen
Sep 3, 2019
Rachel Pisula
4.8mi — 5h 00m
Sep 1, 2019
Brandi Venning
Aug 30, 2019
Nick Campion
Aug 25, 2019
Marne Hansen
Extreme wind kept us off the summit. We turned back at the saddle, unfortunately. It was blowing us over, and the rocks were uneven, not a good combo. 7mi — 6h 00m
Aug 23, 2019
Kyle Ross
Great Views the whole way up this easier 14er! 4.8mi — 4h 00m

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Photos

An old mining cabin with an impressive backdrop.
Oct 2, 2017 near Leadville, CO
Hikers on Sherman's ridge behind old mining structures.
Oct 2, 2017 near Leadville, CO
Mt Sherman summit
Feb 27, 2015 near Leadville, CO
View on Mt Sheridan from Mt Sherman Trail
Aug 30, 2017 near Leadville, CO
Mt Sherman summit looking down the ridgeline
Feb 27, 2015 near Leadville, CO
The intersection between Iowa Gulch Trail, Mount Sheridan Route, and the trail to ascend Mount Sherman. Note the braided trails up the shaded north side of Mount Sheridan.
Jul 24, 2017 near Leadville, CO

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