Iowa Gulch Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,222' 372 m
Descent: -58' -18 m
High: 13,150' 4,008 m
Low: 11,928' 3,636 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“An unmarked but easily followed ascent to the saddle between Mount Sherman and Mount Sheridan.”— Zander Göpfert
The trail drops from the road as it heads through the bushes and wildflowers that cover the basin. This area is typically wet with small creeks and streams braiding down from the cliffs above. All crossings should have a means of getting across without much work or wet feet.
After a little over three-tenths of a mile, the trail rises above the vegetation and begins the long, rocky ascent to the saddle between Sheridan and Sherman. The trail crosses areas of larger rocks, hard-pack dirt, but mostly firm gravel. This is the longest sustained climb of the day, so take your time to appreciate your lungs and heart.
Near the saddle, the trail makes a couple long switchbacks and then merges with the Mt. Sherman featured hike from the southeast and the Mount Sheridan Route from the south.