Mt. Sherman  
Condition Updates  
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. 
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. 
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 I imagine this will be outdated once the next storm hits Tuesday evening.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! 
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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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-05, By: SpreadsheetMonkey
Info: We started around 7:15am and there was no shortage of parking near the end of Four Mile Creek Road. With the exception of some ~30mph wind gusts at various points, conditions were great. Made it to the top just after 9:00am and got back to the car around 10:30am. Dozens of good dogs (including ours) were either at the top or about to make it. The trail is very rocky and tough on paws so be mindful of how your dog handles that. 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2021-08-22, By: saylerb
Info: Started from the Iowa Gulch side, on Friday August 20th just after 7am. Conditions were sunny and about 40 degrees at the trail head. Slight dusting of snow the night before made the initial traverse on talus a little slick. Once getting on the switchbacks with old telephone poles, the wind picked up dramatically. Not sure how bad it was, but probably 30-40 mph winds all the way to the saddle at 3000', where the winds were most intense. Many people were turning back, but there were quite a few people attempting the summit. We decided to turn back at the saddle since we were cold and not prepared for the wind chill, even though it was clear and sunny. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-08, By: dhaines
Info: Depressing smoke - strong enough to smell the smoke and couldn't see more than a few miles. Crazy strong wind, not horrible, but tough on the unprepared. Big dudes in shorts and tee-shirts didn't make it. Wanted to go the Gemini and Sheridan, but with the smoke, wind, and no visibility, it didn't seem worth the effort. Could only see the silhouette of nearby peaks. Got a flat tire the next day. Some bit of metal got in put in a small leak. Could have been the approach road, could have been in town, who knows? Glad I had a spare. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-07, By: eudyke
Info: Climbing conditions were very good all the way to the top. However, the wind was blasting over the exposed ridge at 40-50mph. I am not exaggerating! This condition was persistent for the last .75 miles up to the top, where the wind abated at the peak. Unfortunately the wind was just as bad on the descent and turned many hikers around. Not sure if this is typical for Sherman, but it was intense today! 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2021-07-11, By: jamiesuzanne
Info: Started at 9:45am. Trailhead shared the same road as the Leadville Silver Rush 50mi MTB race. Very little wind on the saddle or ridge. Hike down to the saddle of Mt. Gemini. Great family day with John, Robbie, Shelley, Mom, Dad, Kelly & Thijs!  
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2021-07-09, By: markschneller
Info: Came up from Iowa Gulch; started around 4 AM. It was a bit difficult but there was enough starlight to see the valley between Sherman and Sheridan, and knowing the trail traversed and went up to the saddle, between the two, helped. There was a weird, very-low light (like a beacon) going off somewhere at the base of Sherman. Anyways, the weather just after sunrise was clear but chilly, with the 10+ mph wind breeze. Met 3 other hikers who watched the sun rise and they were great to chat with. One of them suggested, that since I was day hiking from New Mexico, I do Sheridan as well. So off I went to Sheridan. Man, Sheridan was tougher (than Sherman) on my older (late 50's) frame but hey, it was a training climb so why not. Uneventful descent although the loose rocks twice had me slip, hit off my arse, and bounce back up : ) 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-02, By: Jack_H
Info: Summer conditions aside from a couple small snowfields while gaining the ridge. Ridge clear to summit. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-29, By: strausnb
Info: Snow just fell on the route last night making for slippery conditions although it's only light powder. Should be melted very soon but there is still a large amount of snow on the peak. Wind was relatively calm until about 13,500 ft. Road was okay in a 2WD honda accord, not my favorite and I did have one nasty scrape on accident. 
Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2021-06-20, By: JoshPopejoy
Info: Summer conditions all the way up, with only a couple of small patches of snow crossing the trail which is easy to navigate just in boots. This is a pretty easy route to follow, although expect to get muddy in the willows just below the trailhead as runoff is still flowing pretty well. 3/4 of this climb is talus slope, with no shelter from the elements the entire time since the trailhead begins above tree-line. Great mountain for beginners to cut their teeth! 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-16, By: Terrapin17
Info: Trail was dry. Only had to cross about 50 feet of snow total. The road is dry all the way to the trailhead as well. 
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Route: West Slopes from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2021-06-15, By: Lummp
Info: Started 6am from Iowa gulch. Mud already starting to develop along streams. Once we hit talus, there are enough snowfields that you will still have to cross them. They held my weight, but they were iced over pretty well. Other times we had to find alternative paths to minimize the snow crossing. Once into the switchbacks near the old power line, snow gave way to summer conditions and was able to reach the saddle with no further issues. Ridgeline to summit has snowpack on eastern face, but does not interfere with trail. Decent was easier- snowfields were no longer iced over but still had enough firmness to hold weight. Meadow by streams was a mud pit. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-13, By: benjamincolorado
Info: Started at 5:15 am and summited at 6:45 am. Easy, lovely morning with little wind. Only a few snow spots - most are either avoidable or a path has already been created through it making it easy to walk over. Did the entire hike in Altra Lone Peaks. No spikes. Nice glissade down a few times. Total mileage was 4.8 from Gate to Gate. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-14, By: Sottyman
Info: Just another post confirming almost total summer conditions. Took a few buds out on their first 14er ever, and just moseyed up and back down. No traction needed, but what snow was left was a little mushy late morning. No problem using my Altra Superiors. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-11, By: etutter
Info: Started up this morning at 9 am and summited at noon. Very little snow except for the cornice between Sherman and Sheridan. I would stay away from there. It's getting heavy with the melt. It's safer to approach and descend from the Sheridan side. 

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