Mount Sherman is the lowest fourteener in the Mosquito Range. I’ve always regarded it as a rather mundane peak and therefore, most likely, a rather boring climb. Well, it may look mundane but Mount Sherman was a fun fourteener. This trip featured an enjoyable hike up, perfect weather, and a dramatic, fun finish.
We had to park near winter closure. Although the road was in excellent condition (easily passable for any type of car), a huge snow drift lay across the road and prevented us from continuing any further. However, it was an easy hike up to the normal trailhead. There’s a road that continues up to a mine practically at the base of the mountain. We continued up this road to nearly the entrance of the mine and then traversed southward underneath the west face of the mountain.
There were large wooden poles that ran from the mine along this gully all the way to the top of the saddle. Apparently, it used to be a crude power line but had been long since abandoned.
I really enjoyed Sherman so much because of its long ridge walk. From, below, the mountain looks quite boring, but I didn’t realize how narrow the ridge was. It’s not dangerous or exposed but it’s narrow enough to make you feel like you’re flying above everything else. Also, the Spring snow made it much more enjoyable than it probably is in Summer.
We had perfect weather – the best I’ve ever had on a Spring trip. From the top, we were able to pick out tons of other fourteeners – Grays and Torreys, Bierstadt and Evans, Lincoln, Bross, Democrat, Massive, Elbert, La Plata, Huron, Belford, Oxford, and Harvard!
After lounging around on the summit, we started our descent down the ridge. Once on the edge of the ridge, we began one of the longest, most awesome glissades that I’ve ever done. We glissaded all the way back down to the base of Iowa Gulch! I was certainly surprised at how much fun Mount Sherman turned out to be. I highly recommend this fourteener – especially in Spring!