Peak:  Mt. Sherman (14er)
 Route:  South Slope
 Range:  Mosquito
 Posted By:  Eagle Eye
 Date of Info:  02/06/2022
 Date Posted:  02/07/2022
Details

I found a good combination of terrain yesterday on Mt Sherman: the road past closure (9 miles) has been well-traveled by snowmobiles, and the road higher up & nearer the mine ruins is windblown enough to have a rocky edge or border. I wore micro spikes the whole day, but probably the only place they might be necessary is on sloping, thick ice flow sections of the road near the (summer closure) gate.
At 'choice' time I headed in the direction of the South Slope route, avoiding the snow crossing needed to reach the (summer, standard) trail on the Southwest Ridge. I angled upward for almost where the Sherman to White Ridge saddle meet, but not in the gully. When White Ridge was in view I could see a rock hopping or slight ridge above snowfields going back west, and following it put me within eyesight of the summit. There is a pole marking the spot, and an old style PVC summit register cannister tethered by a cable. Although I hadn't seen any very recent tracks the whole way up, I saw very recent looking tracks on the summit. They appeared to have come from the West Slope (Iowa Gulch) direction.
From the summit, I also didn't see tracks in snow along the ridgeline coming from the SW ridge, which MIGHT mean you would have to be 'breaking through' on it if you went that way!? Shortly after starting the descent, I met 3 other people heading up. They had stayed in my tracks coming so there was quite a visible track leading back. Those 3, and a snowmobiler late-day on the road were the only people I saw all day.
WHAT A GREAT DAY TO BE AT FOURTEEN THOUSAND, AND THIRTY SIX FEET!!! (yelling) Mike Vi@



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