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

ROUNDTRIP MILES: 5.3

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

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The better part of a rugged road.
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A view south from my dashboard.
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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.

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A look back at the trail, shortly after the mine ruins, still early in the hike.
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Looking up from the saddle, the sky was still mostly blue and beautiful.
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From the saddle looking east.
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The clouds were beginning to turn gray. Looking east.
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Looking over the west side.
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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.
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My newfound partner snapped a picture of me ascending the east side of the ridge.
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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.

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We spot a marker through the mist. The summit is beyond this.
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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.
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My best summit photo, looking west, I am facing east.
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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.

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



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


overthe59hill
User
Signs
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.


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


nunns
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.


overthe59hill
User
Weather
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.


mcom40
Thank you
08/19/2022 12:33
Great write up we are going to do this Monday weather permitting it.



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