Mt. Sherman  
Condition Updates  
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-05-16, By: Jay521
Info: Snow was solid early in the morning but turned to mush by noon. Traction helpful in the morning and snowshoes were mandatory in the afternoon. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-05-08, By: Bean
Info: Mostly-continuous skiable line down the south slopes from the top back to the winter closure, but without more snow it‘ll become patchier quickly. There is a very large cornice at the Sherman-Sheridan saddle, so plan on going around that. Road closed at 11,200‘, but a couple weeks of warm, sunny weather should change that. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-04-13, By: gprandall
Info: As noted on the trailhead status page in my post today, snow closure is about 1 mile below Leavick. It took me five hours from snow-closure to the summit with heavy camera gear. I summited about an hour before sunrise. I wore snowshoes to the Hilltop Mine at about 12,900, then cached the snowshoes and hiked on boots from there. No need for crampons or an ice ax at this time, as the snow was soft enough to kick good steps. That of course will change soon as the snowpack consolidates further, particularly if you‘re heading up very early before the snow has had a chance to soften. Two hours 45 minutes back down to my truck. The photo below was shot on the summit at sunrise. Glenn Randall www.glennrandall.com 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-03-18, By: Exiled Michigander
Info: You can park within about 1.25 miles of the Leavick site; it will be very obvious where the road starts to become impassable. You might be able to go a bit farther with a 4-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance, but I don‘t think I would chance it. We all had snowshoes, but really didn‘t need them--microspikes would have sufficed given the solid track all the way to the top. There are a couple cornices on the ridge between Sherman and Sheridan to be mindful of, but you can easily keep far out from them. 
Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2011-02-14, By: SurfNTurf
Info: Good snow cover on the South Slope route. The road to the winter TH at Leavick is plowed, but there are one or two spots that might be difficult to navigate in a low-clearance vehicle. The initial hike along the road is bootpacked if you stay on the path, but snowshoes are strongly suggested once you enter the drainage. It‘s possible to make it to about 13,500 by hopping on ice-covered rocks, which I did, but it was more work than simply strapping on snowshoes and choosing a direct line. I also wouldn‘t feel comfortable on the final pitch without an ice ax. Microspikes or crampons more than helpful. 
Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2011-02-04, By: Markwise
Info: The road is plowed up to the Leavick site, which I guess is about a mile further than the normal winter closure. Past Leavick it seemed inadvisable to continue driving. You can see in my first picture an idea of what some of the road looks like past Leavick. Snowshoes are not necessary to do the road. We punched through the snow a few inches at points but nothing major. My second photo gives an idea of the snow cover along the South Slope route. We used snowshoes most of the way up after leaving the road. Though if one really wanted to they could likely make the summit without snowshoes. My third photo is higher up the South Slope route giving another look at the snow conditions. It was very windy (as always on Sherm) and cold for us this day. My fourth photo is upon our return, a look at our vehicle parked at the Leavick site. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-01-05, By: Rcizzle
Info: Today was definitely not a climbing day for Sherman. The Sherman area lacks alot of snow but visibility issues kept me from examining the entire area and reaching summit. From the few observations I have had I noticed avalanche danger is currently a minimum there and completely avoidable if it exists. The Sherman Sheridan saddle is an area of av concern. Mt. Sheridan which is what I almost accidentally climbed (and still wondering why I didn‘t) has either areas of drifted snow (avoidable and not considerable by any means), bare ground, and 1" of snow. Sherman when it showed itself for 30 seconds appeared as if the wind stripped it of any snow. Snow shoes are probably not needed I did not use them. Crampons are helpful (used them), microspikes would be ideal (will own after today). As I was leaving the wind calmed slightly and it began to snow so things might change. The road wasn‘t plowed on my arrival which added some extra distance, but apparently is was plowed when I RETURNED(would have been helpful a little earlier in the day). Hope this helps but no pictures because there was no visibility, sorry. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-01-02, By: mattdecoste
Info: County Road 18 had only a light dusting of snow as we approached the TH on the morning of Thursday, Dec 30, 2010. The parking lot at the TH looked plowed and surrounding area had 3-4" of snow at most. We brought snowshoes but did not need them for the first couple miles up the dirt road. From that point on the road was still not bad and parts were blown clear of snow and just dirt off an on. Once above the gate at 12,000" the snow consistently covered the road and got a bit deeper, maybe 6-12" inches in most places, mostly hard crust top. Around 10 a.m. the snowstorm started and within a few hours dumped an additional 4-6" from the TH all the way to the summit and, in addition to heavy blowing snow winds, freezing temperature and low visibility, thwarted our summit attempt around 13,400. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2010-11-28, By: kimo
Info: Reached Leavick using 4WD. Some slick, slushy, and drifted spots on the road but nothing too serious. A high clearance vehicle is not required. Snow covers the road past Leavick. The brave or multiple vehicles could push further. We were satisfied with Leavick and parked there. We hiked up the road on packed snow. The wind became a constant companion once we reached the gate. We followed the summer route up to the Hilltop Mine bunkhouse. The upper basin is wind scoured and the snow hard packed. The snow reached ankle deep in just a few spots. The well-known cornice on the saddle between Mount Sheridan and Mount Sherman is forming. We had no interest crossing the loaded slope below it. We stayed to the right of the wind-loaded slopes, ascending short shallow snow fields and loose scree. We were hit with the full-brunt of the wind once we reached the Southwest Ridge. It made the ridge walk super exciting! We passsed over the Sherman summit without stopping. We continued over easy shallow snow fields to Gemini Peak where the climate was much more hospitable. From Gemini we hiked over White Ridge, following the ridge down to our vehicle at Leavick. The last few hundred feet of our downclimb from the ridge was loose and exciting. A great late autumn trip with a little bit of everything to keep it interesting. 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2019-08-11, By: jamiesuzanne
Info: First 14er ever. Began ascent at 9:00am - summited at 12:30pm - very windy (cold). Remained at summit for 1 hr, then 2.5 hr descent. Hiked with Dad, Mom, and Jackie. 

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