Peak(s):  Mt. Sherman  -  14,043 feet
Date Posted:  08/03/2022
Date Climbed:   08/02/2022
Author:  overthe59hill
 Mist and High Wind on Mt. Sherman   

My third trip up Mt. Sherman was on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. My plan was to add a nearby 13er or two, but the wind was so strong it was hard to move. I almost lost my eyeglasses, hat, and trekking poles. What started as a calm, beautiful blue day quickly turned gray, misty, and windy. Another hiker (former Marine) estimated it at about 70 MPH. I'm glad it didn't rain.

DATE: Tuesday, August 2, 2022

TRAILHEAD: Fourmile Creek


START AND END TIMES: 8:01 AM, 12:40 PM (4 hours moving time)

The better part of a rugged road.
A view south from my dashboard.
Can't get a much closer parking spot. Most people parked courteously.

I arrived at the trailhead at 7:40, ate breakfast and changed from clogs into boots. I didn't make a point to see when I began hiking, but my Trail Forks app says it was at 8:01 AM. As I started I looked at the sky and thought, "What a beautiful day for a summit!"

I did a little meandering, because I took a wrong turn. I'm not sure how I could do that when I had been up there twice before. It wasn't hard to get back on the correct trail.

I met another woman hiking solo about a third of the way up and we hiked together to the summit and back to our cars.

A look back at the trail, shortly after the mine ruins, still early in the hike.
Looking up from the saddle, the sky was still mostly blue and beautiful.
From the saddle looking east.
The clouds were beginning to turn gray. Looking east.
Looking over the west side.
I got a picture of my hiking partner re-connecting from the less windy, eastern trail we opted for on this windy day, to the more direct trail up the ridge.
My newfound partner snapped a picture of me ascending the east side of the ridge.

The views were great below the summit, once on top it was gray and misty. I am hiking in the wind. I think it came mostly from the west.

We spot a marker through the mist. The summit is beyond this.
I think this pole on the summit is new. Last time I was there in 2021 there were a couple of registration tubes anchored to boulders. There is no geological survey marker on Mt. Sherman.
My best summit photo, looking west, I am facing east.
I packed home my sign and two others that I found on the summit.

Several people passed us on their way down while we headed up. There were about a dozen people on the summit when we were there, but others were still on their way. It wasn't hundreds of people, as I remember on a Saturday in August, 2021.

We are almost back to our cars in this picture, taken by a hiker we met on the top.
My Trail Forks Recording.

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Comments or Questions
Thank You
08/03/2022 12:33
Thank You for picking up the summit trash!

08/03/2022 15:06
People were passing them around and said they found them under a rock. I said it's actually litter and I'll take them home.

08/04/2022 08:12
I've done the same thing on Grays, Torreys, Sherman and Quandary, Bierstadt. A very annoying trend.

Sherman weather
08/08/2022 14:48
Something about Mt. Sherman causes "bad" weather there frequently in my experience. I have been up there 4 times, all in summer, and 3 of the 4 times there were high winds.

08/08/2022 18:20
I've never experienced wind that strong. It did keep me from going after Gemini and Dyer. It was hard to walk.

Thank you
08/19/2022 12:33
Great write up we are going to do this Monday weather permitting it.

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