Mt. Sherman  
Condition Updates  
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-17, By: peter
Info: The Leavick road to the gate was bumpy but no problem for a high-clearance car. Plenty of parking available at the gate at 5:30am (granted, it was a Wednesday). Trail is clear of snow to the summit, with the exception of one 20-foot stretch on the traverse to the ridgeline that is easy to skirt if you wish. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-10, By: blessed13
Info: Very little snow up top, conditions were great, little windy but not bad. I left from lower parking lot to add some mileage, 8.28 miles roundtrip. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-09, By: mgl45
Info: Still some snow on the summit ridge but nothing you have to hike through. After the saddle it's easy to take the wrong path up the talus slope to the summit ridge unless you are watching your GPS right at that moment. I was checking it periodically but also kind of following the people in front of me and I followed them in this wrong path (on the hiker's left facing Sherman from the saddle) and ended up traversing over the talus slope back to the main path. The people I was following kept going and I saw them traverse shortly after, they said that other path cliffs out. 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: J-Tsunami19
Info: Road was rough but pretty much all vehicles can make it, just maneuver around pot holes. There is also plenty of spots to camp within a mile of the trailhead. In the beginning of the trail there is a creek crossing and some very muddy spots. I was able to avoid most of them but recommend bringing an extra pair of socks. The cairns were also a little misleading in spots in the beginning but overall the trail is easy to follow. Highly recommend bringing poles, but mainly for the way down. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-30, By: amalesh
Info: Upper parts of the trail have some snow in between the rocks, but it's very easy to find the trail and walk on rocks and not in snow. Some part of the summit does have a foot of snow, but there is plenty of space without any snow as well. Overall it's pretty awesome up there 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2022-06-27, By: csf-lhiver
Info: Muddy at the beginning, unsure if always like that are just cause of the rains from Sunday evening/night and the snowmelt running through from further up. Fresh dusting of snow on the way up. I didn't bring them, but microspikes could be helpful through the ridge up to the false summit, a couple spots were slick, but they aren't necessary. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-22, By: seeking timberline
Info: There are still a couple of large snowfields that require crossing just below the Sherman/Sheridan saddle. Traction would be helpful but is not required. The snow was hard packed in the morning; softer but more slippery by mid-day. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-21, By: Dobbins
Info: The road is completely passable up to the gate by any vehicle (2012 Ford Fusion with pretty low clearance did just fine), just take it easy on the rougher parts. The trail itself is pretty clear, although there was about 200 feet total of walking through packed snow below the saddle. On the actual approach to Sherman, there is a bit of snow covering the trail in some spots, but all of it is easily passable without having to walk on it. 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2022-06-20, By: sierramtngoat
Info: Route is clear of snow. The summit ridge has snow on the eastern side, but not on the route. High winds were a bit brutal today, especially on Sheridan. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-20, By: ballardwf04
Info: Standard, dry conditions, including the road. One small patch of snow that became postholeable later in the afternoon, but can be avoided by glissading. Nice and windy today. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-19, By: Nflojo
Info: There was slight wind before the ridge, once you got up onto the ridge the wind picked up. The wind was worse in between the summit and the beginning of the ridge. Some snow fields that we were able to glissade down to make traveling down easier. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-19, By: Nflojo
Info: There was slight wind before the ridge, once you got up onto the ridge the wind picked up. The wind was worse in between the summit and the beginning of the ridge. Some snow fields that we were able to glissade sow. To make traveling done easier. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: mnk219
Info: Snow has mostly cleared out. There's a short snowfield on the climb, but it's otherwise easily avoidable. No traction needed. 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2022-06-03, By: cloudkicker
Info: I did not climb this route, but I attempted Dyer last night for sunset (turned back because my head cold was giving me fits). Looks like a bit of snow left on the Sherman trail up and out of Iowa Gulch. Traction may be a good idea, and I doubt snowshoes would help given how warm and slushy it'll be between now and summer. Click into this report to see my pics from the trailhead. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-31, By: ztweb
Info: Most of the route was still snow covered, but I only post-holed a small handful of times in the first half mile of the ascent and descending from the saddle. I brought snowshoes, but did not use them; microspikes were helpful. Great conditions from the saddle to the summit aside from one 40-50' stretch of the ridge around 13,100' where the snow was very loose on top of loose scree, but it could be easily navigated with care. The final push up to the saddle did cross a cornice, but the snow seemed solid and the cornice didn't overhang. I parked directly in front of the gate and only crossed one very small patch of snow about 50 yards down from the gate. 
Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2022-05-28, By: ageckert
Info: Great day today!! Crampons/studs were nice to have but not necessary. 50 mph gusts at summit. The glissading today was *chef's kiss*. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: MaryinColorado
Info: Didn't actually summit Sherman, split off to Sheridan at the saddle, but I have some good beta. Full winter conditions out there! Road is dry until the small lot just down from the gate. The lot at the gate is preceded by deep snow/ruts, and the lot contains a large drift. Overnight temps weren't low enough for snow to be terribly crusty, so some post-holing was had on ascent. I carried my snowshoes just in case I encountered problematic depths; no regrets. Never used them but was tempted to on descent because the snow was so soft and shifty. Decided to just suffer through it but have zero regrets about bringing the snowshoes just in case. There is still a cornice prominent enough that standard route cannot be pursued. I saw people instead taking a more direct steep ascent to the right of the ridge to avoid the cornice; however, the problem with that ascent path is it is steep and snowy. I wouldn't want to be on that without an ice axe and knowing how to use said ice axe. That said, I do not personally recommend anybody new/newer take chances out there right now since it is full winter conditions. The area will melt out soon enough providing for safer - and more enjoyable - ventures! 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-26, By: Mt_DAN
Info: Road 99.9% clear to gate. Great spring conditions. No snow shoes needed. Traction might be warranted in the AM. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-25, By: Mt_DAN
Info: Road was snowy but drivable to about a 1/4 mile before the gate at 12,000 with a 4 wheel drive Cherokee. We chose to use snow shoes to float over the fresh drifts along the trail. Average snow depth was about a foot. Due to high winds (40 mph or more) we chose to turn around at Hilltop Mine. We could see spindrift streaming off the higher ridges near the summit. Ps- wishing the Speedo 14er guy the best of luck! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-18, By: wolfgangstiller
Info: Still a few snow fields before reaching the ridge at 13,200. There were plenty of good steps to use crossing these snow fields so no snowshoes or traction needed but care should be taken. There is about 1,000 feet of snow just before reaching the summit. We had a good 300 foot glissade on the way down. 

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