Mt. Sherman  
Condition Updates  
Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2022-01-23, By: mtnkub
Info: Triggered fractures on SE facing wind slab near 12,200ft; no slide. Followed the gully, but stayed out of it on the way up (first to the climbers right, then left, then right again). On the way down, used the gully for the middle section, as the steep slopes below White Ridge didn't hold enough snow yet to pose a problem. Didn't bring flotation, didn't use traction, other than poles. 3-4 in new snow compared to last report; but parked at the same spot, ~1 mi before the Leavick site. 
Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2022-01-21, By: the_hare
Info: Ascended to the White Ridge/Sherman saddle via White ridge south slope, descended via Sherman south slopes. Tried planning out a route that avoided the Sherman/Sheridan saddle and the snowfields in the basin but the White Ridge slopes ended up being a lot chossier than anticipated. First time out in this area and it was still a great day out! I parked at the “Park here or else you'll get stuck” sign, road just had very minor patches of snow and ice until then. Looks like someone attempted to keep going and did in fact get stuck 30 ft in or so. Road has an established boot pack up thru to the basin. The snowfields in the basin had a firm windblown crust for the most part with more postholing among the willows. Much of the ridges and hills in the basin were bare. The White Ridge south slope is completely scree and gets pretty loose at times. Had fun climbing up but I would have otherwise preferred to stay more in the basin crossing the snowfields and snaking along the small hills and ridges directly to Sherman's south slope. Snow near summit has a firm windblown crust. Winds were pretty constantly blowing towards the SE throughout the day and felt as forecast at 20-25 mph, hard to find shelter in the basin. Looks like it'll snow 3 inches today and a few more on Mon. I figure these conditions should hold for the weekend with the consideration of this light fresh layer of snow on top of everything but who knows! My gf came along this time too and she summited with me, congrats P! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-20, By: Jonathan Deffenbaugh
Info: Made it all the way to winter TH in a RAV4, no snowshoes required hiking to the top, not even microspikes required. Slopes below the saddle ended up being glissadable, perfect styrofoam snow conditions. Enjoy the history on this route, used to be a tramway up there for moving silver down the mountain, pretty neat to experience. Clocked it around 11 miles round trip. 
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Route: SW ridge with winter detour
Posted On: 2022-01-13, By: headsizeburrito
Info: Great weather out there today. Road in starts dry, gets increasingly covered in packed snow as you go, a few short drifts you can blow through. Past Fourmile Campground snow is deeper and soft, with tire tracks through it. Don't go beyond the campground without at least moderate clearance and good tires. Road from winter TH towards peak fully covered in snow until you reach the cabins past the Leavick site, then it becomes pretty patchy. I used snowshoes for the first part of the road and didn't need them the rest of the day (Sheridan, Sherman, Gemini). 1 - Road walk beyond the winter TH 2- Overview of Sherman on the way up towards Sheridan 3 - Final section to Sherman summit, no traction needed 4 - Better view of the slope holding snow between Sheridan and Sherman 5 - White Ridge south slope and ridge line nearly dry 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-07, By: morgansperry
Info: We just went out for a little bit so we didn't summit, but it looks like you could almost ski the whole thing is you for creative. We skied the bottom 3ish miles. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-04, By: Ssgustafson
Info: Parked about 100 yards from the gate. Mostly dry, but some patches of snow on the trail. Summited without putting on microspikes. Traverse to Gemini was mostly dry. I put the spikes on over at Dyer, which had alot more snow than Sherman, and wore them most of the way back. Overall a beautiful October-ish day! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-26, By: JQDivide
Info: Near summer conditions. Used micro spikes on the slope up and down the saddle. Used spikes from13,700 to summit and down to 13,400. Were they necessary? Maybe not, but I felt better with them on… some snow was wind blown hard, some was sugar, and some had hidden ice. There is ice at the TH but you can walk around it. Road is mostly dry… but 1.5 to 1.75 of slick snow starting before Leavick site, you'll want 4x4 or AWD…. As the sun melts it, it will get more icy over the next few days, especially in the morning. Parked below traditional TH area as a snowdrift is blocking road, just an extra 2-3 minutes of walking. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-29, By: steeljoo
Info: We drove all the way to about 100 meters (sorry from Europe) below the gate. The road was okay. Watch out for snow that make it difficult to see the edges of the road. We (myself / spouse) started at 0930 and this was my first 14er in Colorado. The hike up was ok, several areas with snow. We used 4 hours round trip. Met one other couple on our way down. Very windy and cold on the ridge. Highly recommend this for beginners with some experience. Here is a video for ref: https://youtu.be/9Zf8-n0-y6A 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-23, By: Southpaw54
Info: Beautiful day. Had no issues on the road with 4WD and parked within 100 yards of trailhead. Two small portions of ice at the start but hiked to the summit without traction. Wind was howling early but not that bad on the ridge. A couple of small snowfields but minimal postholing. Stunning views on a bluebird day. Started at 9 and finished before noon. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-06, By: topekaavenue
Info: Party of 3 with a successful summit. Also traversed over to Mt. Sheridan afterwards to bag a 13er. Still pretty bare for most of the hike, but there are spots with snow and a sneaky posthole or two. Snowshoes weren't needed. Wore mountaineering boots for the fun of it, but not needed. Would have been pretty warm but was the wind was making it cold. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-01, By: ccawdrey
Info: Road is clear to the gate at ~12k ft. Route is mostly clear with a few snow crossings that were largely packed down. Brought traction and gaiters but didn't end up using them or feel the need. South slope not in play yet for you skiers out there. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-27, By: Roald
Info: Latest storm put a fair amount of snow on standard route above 13100. Microspikes and full gaiters recommended above this elevation. It's starting to drift across trail in several places and I had a few knee deep post holes around 13k. Another storm will make it tough. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-25, By: Eliot824
Info: Pretty nice day, only really got cold when winds were real bad but that was only for very brief moments (luckily). 1 of the 3 of us used spikes for a small portion downhill. Less than a mile more than likely. Both campgrounds were closed, forest service said open at the time but luckily we saw an established campground pretty much across from four mile campground. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-21, By: HikerHank
Info: Road clear to gate. Camped near the gate. Minimal snow from Tuesday's storm. Some snow on trail after 13,000'. Climbed up with trekking poles without traction. Used traction on the way down and recommended. Trail was well tracked and no drifts. The guy I hiked with left his boots and micro spikes at home so doable in trail runners and trekking poles but not recommended. Trail is very doable until the next storm and winter sets in. 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2021-10-19, By: chronos
Info: Icy from the gulch up to the saddle. I had spikes on most of the way, but probably only needed the on this section. Not many areas of deep snow yet. Cold and very windy on the summit ridge. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-17, By: alpinenut
Info: Climbed today. Spikes would have been helpful coming down but didn't use them. Just moved to the rocks in areas where packed snow on trail was slick. Did not see any areas of snow deeper than about 6” off the trail. Used those to avoid slick trail too . Avoid the ice at the beginning by going up the right side. It is very slippery in the middle and on the left (going up). 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-17, By: ARBlake
Info: Excellent conditions. The road up to the trailhead at 12,000ft is still mostly clear of snow, except for a small patch about a mile before the trailhead. On the hike, there is a large patch of really slick ice right at the start, then the trail is clear of snow for the next mile and a half. After the hilltop mine, around 12,900ft the trail has a lot more snow. On the summit ridge, a lot of the snow has become packed down and slick. Some of the rocks have a small layer of ice on them; I would recommend wearing spikes. The summit was beautiful, with the snow ranging anywhere from 5 to 15 in deep. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-12, By: wildschut
Info: Great conditions. Still no snow on the road up to the gate at 12,000. Several cars were there when I came down.4x4 is nice but a car can make it. I hit snow on the trail near 13,000. The average was 2-6 inches of snow, some of it avoidable. Watch out for ice I did slip twice. Near the last 1/2 mile there were tracks of people using spikes but it was not needed or required yet. Maybe after this week. The snow route is not even close to being covered in snow. I think this might be nice for another week or two. I would carry spikes and not wear trail runners. I brought gators but they were not needed. I left my snow shoes in the truck. 
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Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2021-10-11, By: Troyister
Info: Great blue bird day , winding on the ridge and peak, but the rest of the hike was comfortable. 90% of the trail was snow and ice. I used trekking poles and it was no problem. I imagine this will be outdated once the next storm hits Tuesday evening. I accidently posted the pictures in reverse order of my hike. Oops! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-15, By: mncgray
Info: Bagged both Sherman and Sheridan with family from Michigan (UP) starting at 7:26a and returning 1:15p. It was a typical 'breezy' day with beautiful bluebird skies. We had plenty of time to explore and snack along the way, making it great for their first 14-er experience! 
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