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Hike Mount Sherman

Fairplay, Colorado

4.2/5
based on 6 reviews

Details

Distance

10.5 miles

Elevation Gain

2100 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Austin Smith

It can be a strenuous hike due to the high altitude. This is one of the fastest and easiest climbs of any 14er in Colorado.

A mile South of Fairplay, turn West onto 4 Mile Creek Road (dirt) and follow it for about 8 miles. The road passes a number of excellent camping spots and finally ends at the ruins of an old mine. Parking is available about a quarter mile from the mining area. Don't park at the gate as its possible you will get towed.

Hike from the parking area at 12,000 feet through the ruins of the old mine. There are a number of old railroad ties, mining cars, and the ruins of the closed mine can clearly be seen. The trail follows the old mining road up the mountain. At 13,000 feet, the remnants of a large, 3-story mining building can be seen clinging to the side of Mount Sherman. Just before this point, the trail leaves the mining road and ascends the saddle that spans Mount Sheridan (to the left) and Mount Sherman. Follow the trail to the right as it switchbacks to the top of Mount Sherman. From the summit you'll have an expansive view of Leadville and the Sawatch Range to the West and the South Park grassland basin to the East. On an especially clear day, its possible to see Pikes Peak to the East-Southeast!

To descend, simply follow the trail back down the way you came.

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Reviews

This is a good 14er to start out on. The class 2 rating is minimal and distance/gain is short. It is a nice outing with old mining equipment and views over to the largest 14ers to the west. Very crowded.

The trail head starts above treeline, from there its a pretty mellow and easy hike to the summit. You also pass some old mine shafts and operation buildings, cool to see them still standing (barely), part of our history here in Colorado.

Overall a good mountain to get acclimated to the elevation. The upper part is all large (6-12") rocks (somewhat loose). Make sure to pay attention to your route, there are a few subtle forks, and if you're not paying attention you could end up on an unexpected path. Some are steep and covered in large rocks, still doable, but lack a defined trail at parts.

The ascent is doable in a few hours, but the top is amazing. The wind shelter came in handy for the chilly wind.

Mount Sherman is a great hike and an "easy" 14er to tackle as your first. Like Austin said in his review, pack layers as the weather can fluctuate. Even in summer there can be snow on the summit! I hiked Sherman in August and there was a fresh 4-6 inches of snow! Overall, a great hike! The old mining buildings among the barren mountainside also make for some great pictures!

This is such a great starter 14er. Straight forward trail, enjoyable hiking all the way to the top. Views from the top of any 14er in Colorado are fantastic.

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