Mt. Sheridan  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast 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. Once you reach the saddle, there is no snow on the mountain anywhere near the trail. Easy climb to the top. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: mnk219
Info: Pretty clear! Submitted Sherman and traversed across to Weston (Sherman - Sheridan - Peerless - Horseshoe - Ptarmigan - Weston) and back down to the Fourmile trailhead on the path north of Horseshoe. There was a short patch of snow on the climb up to the saddle between Sherman and Sheridan, but no traction was needed. Otherwise snowfields were avoidable on this stretch. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: MaryinColorado
Info: 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 but stashed them on the saddle. 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 but not prominent. Ended up picking a line on a low enough angled slope where there was a pause in the cornice. Kick-stepped/axe-plunged my way up and used the axe as an anchor to accompany some moves to overcome the soft snow at the very top. Then used the axe to aid in a lovely glissade down the same way. In other words: full winter conditions out there. Glad I brought my full winter pack and ice axe. Do not recommend anybody new/newer venturing out to this area (or others like it) until melt-off occurs. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-14, By: CheapCigarMan
Info: No flotation needed. No traction needed. Broke trail for the group headed to Sherman on the slope just below the Sherman / Sheridan saddle. Only place where I postholed and about shin deep. Highest winds I've ever encountered. Non stop from the evening before until I got back to treeline. Beautiful snow formations on the rocks. Continued on to Peerless from Sheridan. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-06, By: topekaavenue
Info: Party of 3 with a successful summit. Went and got Sherman first and then went and got Sheridan. Mostly bare with some snow. No post holing. Left snowshoes in car cause they weren't necessary. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-10, By: wolfgangstiller
Info: Climbed starting at 11 AM. The cornice all along the ridge between Sheridan and Sherman is falling apart rapidly so it's not safe to climb over it or under it in spite of the fact many were doing that. There is a dry approach to Sheridan that avoids snow totally by heading up just south of the summit. Things are melting out rapidly so I'd expect most of the snow to be gone in the next week or two. The road is totally dry to the gate. 
Route: Alt. South Slope
Posted On: 2021-05-10, By: kcovingt1
Info: Started from the Leavick site at 5 am (got there in a 2WD). Hiked up to the gate fairly easily, no floatation necessary. Avoided the cornice on the saddle by cutting left up to Sheridan. There is a dry section of the last push up Sheridan with remnants of an old trail, no equipment needed. Descended down the standard route and headed up Sherman. Dry trail behind the cornice. Nasty wind the whole way from Sheridan to Sherman. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-18, By: drop_bear
Info: Conditions still the same based on the latest Sherman report (1/10) to the saddle. Not much snow at all on the north face. Looked easily bootable to the top. Could probably make it over the Peerless easily as well. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-01, By: didjapelli
Info: Drove nearly the whole dirt road in 2WD, only used 4WD maybe the last mile. Snow increases the closer you get to the gate but in big patches interrupted by dirt. I went the whole way to the summit with no flotation or traction just fine. Snow is not consolidated but the patches are easy to avoid and if you do step on them the most you'll post hole is up to the shin but mostly just a few inches. I had to take off my hat and unzip my jacket I was overheating so much. Summit is basically free of snow except for the shelter. Only saw one hiker, everybody else today went for Sherman the 14er. Its condition looked the same as Sheridan. 
Route: From Peerless
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: Sglm14
Info: From Peerless mountain, we descended approximately 600' to the saddle between Peerless and Sheridan then it's pretty much straight up to the summit. No snow from the descent of Peerless all the way to Sheridan. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-24, By: bangerth
Info: Summer conditions on all sides of the mountain, both coming from the saddle with Sherman as well as the saddle with Peerless/Horseshoe. No snow left anywhere, and easy to find trails. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: goldenite
Info: Sheridan, Peerless, and Horseshoe. One patch of snow at the Dauntless Mine, but not an issue. Went up Sheridan between the snow fields (pic #1, Sheridan from Peerless). A few patches of snow towards the top of Horseshoe, but mostly avoidable or not an issue. Second pic shows Iowa Gulch conditions from Sheridan. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Besides the short stretch of unavoidable snow along the road shortly after the split (referenced in angry's report from Saturday), it's now possible to avoid snow all the way to the cairn containing the summit register. There's still some to walk over if you want to reach the “other” summit (I myself wasn't sure which is the real one; however, there's no reason not to hit both), but it's fairly inconsequential. No need for traction, flotation, or even gaiters, as long as you're following the road to the best of your ability. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: angry
Info: Summer conditions. Did not use traction or flotation. Two areas with unavoidable snow: 1) road a little past gate before you turn off and 2) around ~13,200 before gaining ridge. Both less than 150ft and inconsequential. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: Chelsea
Info: East Slopes route is mostly snow-free. All unavoidable snow is on the road, firm in the morning and a sloppy mess on the way out. Upper section of the route is 90% dry and is easy enough to go around any remaining snow patches. Wind higher than forecasted today, otherwise a perfect day for a summit. Started 5:45am, back to car 12:30pm. Didn't use spikes or snowshoes. Saw moose & elk from the car on the way in, ptarmigan on the hike out. And a very tiny alpine wildflower. We parked at the lower parking near the Leavick site, but could have made it to the upper 4wd parking near the Silver Horseshoe Dr intersection. 7.10 miles, 2,898' Photos 1-6: along the route Photo 7: Sherman Photo 8: Iowa Gulch Photo 9: Horseshoe 
Route: from Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2019-07-29, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Area in the basin/meadow was very muddy - lots of trampling over willows that had fallen onto the trail. Some folks have been widening the trail to avoid mud, though. Trail up to the saddle between Sherman/Sheridan was, for the most part, in good shape. There is definitely some deterioration on the dirt/talus so please try to keep on the trail and not off to the side to widen it more. The trail up to Sheridan was clearly marked and in great shape. 
Route: Via Horseshoe
Posted On: 2019-07-26, By: dwoodward13
Info: Summer conditions from Horseshoe. If you are coming up the standard route, part of the cornice still remains at the Sheridan-Sherman saddle. Looked like someone had punched a hole in it to get thru with only a few steps in snow. 
Route: Southeast ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-14, By: two lunches
Info: accessed coming off of horseshoe and peerless- snow free. descended via sherman standard route due to a huge snowfield that completely covers the east face. there is a trail (wayfinding necessary) up and down the talus (both sides) but my ascent wayfinding was a little more tricky than the descent. awesome glissade down several slopes on sherman, but it's thinning out from heavy traffic- watch out for rocks! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: sdicenso
Info: We took the standard route to the Sherman/ Sheridan saddle. One major snowfield below the fallen Hilltop Mine. Didn't realize that the old cabin up there had also fallen in the last few years. From there we followed the road to the snowfield beneath the saddle. There is bootpack all the way up, but gets steep at the top. Microspikes are a good idea. There is a chute right next to it that people were glissading down. It was definitely steep with a hard bump people were hitting halfway down. From there we followed trail segments up Sheridan. As it curved around the southeast side of the mountain, I got a good look at the southeast "route". The trail looked pretty dry down and shorter distance to the saddle with Peerless. A lot of trail segments and the mining roads beneath looked melted. After summiting a couple of minutes later and taking a break, we headed down to avoid storms building. Nothing ever happened except some slight graupel on the way down. It remained mostly sunny. We followed the trail between Sheridan and Peerless saddle until it disappeared into a snowfield. The snowfield was too soft for glissading, but held our weight to walk across to a mining road. The mining road was mostly dry, but ended short of the Dauntless Mine. We walked down scree/rocky slopes to the mine and connected back up to the main Sherman route. Then it was a fairly quick walk back to my vehicle below the gate. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2018-12-19, By: tcphoto87
Info: The road starts off dry then turns into packed snow and varies from snow to dry. I made it past Leavick Mine and through a couple small snow drifts but didn't chance it on the last one that had tire marks as it went on for a ways and I didn't feel like digging my car out just in case. Not far past that was another snow drift that no one has driven past yet. I parked 0.8 miles from the gate closure at 11,700ft. The trail varied from bone dry to packed snow also all the way to the top. I followed the road up to where Hilltop mine is/was, then lost the trail and basically had to scale up a cornice to reach the Sheridan-Sherman saddle. From there it was fairly easy to reach the top. I lucked out with 0-5 mph winds. The way back down I went down the other side and it was so much easier, up until it reaches a 'road' that goes back down to the Dauntless Mine, the snow covered the entire road in spots and made it sketchy to walk across that hard snow at an angle with a minor drop off on the right. Overall with the loop I did it was 5.8 miles round trip. I added a couple photos of Sherman too for conditions. Also, I wore microspikes the whole time but I was tempted to take them off for half of it cause it kept going from dry to snowy 

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