Mt. Sherman  
Condition Updates  
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! 
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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. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-17, By: mholloway987
Info: Beautiful spring day on Mt. Sherman, took almost 3 hours up and down no worse for wear. Only about 1/7th of the trail was unavoidably snow-covered but the snow was firm, shallow and well-trod so I never needed any snowshoes or crampons, just a little bit of attentiveness where you place your feet was all it required. The rest of the trail conditions were excellent; dry and easy. Summer conditions for sure. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-24, By: caitlincharl10
Info: Hardly any snow on the route and super straightforward. Definitely not worth attempting to ski/splitboard! Took 4 hours total (6am-10am) at a pretty slow/chill pace. There were a couple good spots to glissade down instead of hitting the switchbacks. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-15, By: colingoodman
Info: Trail was mostly clear and dry. No snowshoes needed. I briefly used my microspikes. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-14, By: Azheng418
Info: Good conditions, windy at the saddle but other than that 80% of the trail was snow free, microspikes not need if you have poles although they would be nice to have, snowshoes absolutely not needed, i went up at about 5am and came down around 10-11am ish, spent a few hours on the summit as the summit didn't have any wind at all, just the saddle 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-13, By: cjtrombone
Info: Trail relatively snow free . Snow that was on it was firm enough that I didn't need any traction. Started at 5 and was out by 8 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2022-05-12, By: Russ
Info: As soon as I left the road at the trailhead at about 10 AM, I was belly-deep in slushy snow, and it looked like that would have continued for a significant distance. Snowshoes recommended but may not have been sufficient. 
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Route: SW Ridge to South Slopes
Posted On: 2022-04-19, By: zootloopz
Info: Road is still great to 11,800'. Was melting out fast when we were driving out. Ascended SW ridge route to 12,800'. Saw Sheridan/Sherman saddle was corniced. Opted to cut NE to South Slopes route ~ 13,400. Summit via South Slopes. Then easy plunge stepping descent via South Slopes. Multiple skiers / boarders were able to get a line from ~13k back to 11.8k Spikes useful. Did not bring or need flotation. Snowshoes would be helpful though if you are planning to ascend via the South Slopes once the sun is out. 
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Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2022-04-09, By: alex_herbert
Info: Summited Sherman by South Slopes today. Road was drivable to about 11,800 by most cars ( I got there in a FWD Jetta with snow tires). There was a large drift blocking access for any car about a half mile or less from the 12,000 ft gate. Started around 6:30AM and as expected snow was well frozen and supportive. Didn't use snowshoes, and felt pretty comfortable in Microspikes with an ice axe on the steeper parts. I personally didn't ski, but I believe there was a path with pretty close to continuous snow coverage from summit to 11,800 ft. There were a few skiers on the mountain today. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-02, By: bsiegs
Info: Summited Sherman today, but the wind while descending the SW ridge was some of the most intense I've experienced on a 14er. Battled the whole way down the ridge trying to not just get blown completely off. I was glad to have my poles with me to help dig in to the scree a bit when the wind started to knock me over. It felt consistently well over 50mph with frequent higher gusts. Route was mostly rock with some packed blown snow portions. I decided to park at 11.3k on Fourmile road, but it was drivable to basically 12k which is where most other cars were parked. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-19, By: Sschweiss
Info: Route is a mix of rock/dirt and snow. Packed snowshoes but decided not to use them. Used microspikes the entire route. Snow was relatively firm and had few postholes. As usual winter winds raked the summit ridge, very gusty, probably to about 50+ mph. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-21, By: JaredJohnson
Info: Not much to change from previous day's report, but a word to the unwise such as myself. Some folks going up the SW ridge route left a couple of prominent tracks going roughly straight up the cornice (red on the map). I followed those tracks and kept it arguably safe but it was unnecessarily steep and on snow that if it's not sketch now, it will be sooner than later. With my contribution those are probably the most prominent tracks unless the wind has already blown them away. There are better and safer routes both left and right of that choice, I chose skier's left on the downhill (one of the blue lines). From caltopo it looks like the green track is the avy-smartest. The wind was nuts, it made the day harder but that is kind of the fun of it. On the plus side it was just the right direction to practically push you up the ridge once you acquire it. Would not want to be caught unprepared in that wind chill though. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-19, By: EthanBeltramo
Info: Park at the sign that says “don't go any further you will get stuck” — you will. The road is packed in pretty good now by snowmobiles and hikers. Brought snowshoes but quickly stashed them. Don't need them at all unless more snow falls. Micro spikes would be nice in spots above the treeline. Brought some but never stopped to put them on. Brought an ice axe which was nice but not necessary, especially on the standard/ southwest ridge route. A lot of the trail is wind blown clear or compacted snow. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-13, By: Tkrames4290
Info: Microspikes needed at certain points. Bunch of hard frozen snow also some soft that goes to around ankle after the last mine but not much. Summited no snowshoes. Stop at first parking sign got stuck trying to get to the second one in a truck. 
Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2022-02-07, By: Eagle Eye
Info: 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@ 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-07, By: Elysed
Info: About 11 miles round trip (including parking 3 miles below trailhead with snow), leisurely start at 0945, summited at 3:15pm (my boyfriend wasn't feeling well, normally would summit around 1pm) at car by 5:45pm. Cold and windy on ridge, no tracks so we cut our own and took a shortcut closer to mountain, took ridge line on descent. Hard pack snow, very easy conditions, never touched snowshoes/ice axe/crampons, my Nepals were just fine. Pretty easy winter climb just longer approach. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-07, By: Elysed
Info: About 11 miles round trip (including parking 3 miles below trailhead with snow), leisurely start at 0945, summited at 3:15pm (my boyfriend wasn't feeling well, normally would summit around 1pm) at car by 5:45pm. Cold and windy on ridge, no tracks so we cut our own and took a shortcut closer to mountain, took ridge line on descent. Hard pack snow, very easy conditions, never touched snowshoes/ice axe/crampons, my Nepals were just fine. Pretty easy winter climb just longer approach. 

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