Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,043 feet
Date Posted:  05/17/2022
Date Climbed:   07/09/2021
Author:  Chagster1
 Mt Sherman Glory   

Mt Sherman 9 July 2021

My only hike in 2021 would be with my two girls. Rylee 8 and Faith 15. Coming from Texas at Sea Level and to hike 14ers is always tough, and I thought my girls had no chance of making the summit, even with Mt Sherman. I had told my 8-year-old if she could walk six miles at home in Texas that we would give it a shot, and she made it happen.

We left Central Texas on July 7th and drove to Colorado Springs and arrived around 6:00 pm. Our plan was to drive to the top of Pikes Peak and hang out for an afternoon to acquire some acclimation. On July 8th, we did just that and it even further added to the excitement of hiking Mt Sherman for the girls.

On July 9th, we left Colorado Springs at 2:30 am and headed for the Mt Sherman trailhead. We arrived around 6:00 am. We were driving a 2018 Chevy Cruze which made the bumpy road to the trailhead very long and tired-some. After arriving, we made last minute adjustments to our packs and proceeded up the trail after the gate towards the old mine. As we took off, I could easily see that the girls were struggling a bit and thought to myself that this is going to be a short day. We stopped and rested for about 20 minutes and somehow, both girls snapped into another gear and we were actually making good time on the mountain.

When we reached the exposed ridge, I was a little apprehensive due to the wind. For whatever reason, Mt Sherman is always very windy and this day was no different. I remember it being windy the first time I had hiked this mountain. Some hikers began to turn around, but we kept on trudging to the top. At about 10:00 am, we finally made it, and I couldn’t believe that my 8-year-old did so well. She was so excited. We took some pictures, ate lunch, and even Facetimed due to having cell coverage. Cell coverage was excellent. It was unbelievable experience. After about an hour, we began our trip back down. Everybody coming up congratulated both girls. Before the turn off back to the mine, we encountered a mountain goat and again, both girls were extremely excited. The snow fields slowed us down a bit, but we finally made it down about 2:00 pm, and it concluded one of the greatest memories I’ve had in the mountains in a long time.

Conditions could have not been better. Lots of sunshine and semi-warm temps with the bearable wind. I’ve been hiking these 14’er mountains for almost 20 years, but this will definitely be remembered as a favorite for a long time, even though it was an “easy” Class 2. This is an excellent mountain for any beginner, but don’t take it for granted.

Girls thinking about it...

Rylee, "Let's Go!"
Ready to Go!

On the Ridge
Rylee on the Windy Ridgeline

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Comments or Questions
Yea! Outstanding!
05/17/2022 15:25
Great to see kids getting after it. Great job, I enjoyed reading this.


05/18/2022 13:55
What Tom said!

Great Write Up.
07/07/2022 14:41
I went up July 2nd and can agree with all the condition descriptions. Great time

07/18/2022 16:30
Way to go young women and gentleman. A success story if there ever was one.

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