Mount Sherman: 14er

Round-Trip Length: 4.5 miles | Start-End Elevation: 12,000' - 14,036' | Elevation Change: +2,150' | Difficulty: Class 2

In summer, you can drive all the way to the upper trailhead at 12,000', but in winter the Sherman road is closed at the intersection with County Road (CR) 2. After leaving CR 2, continue 3 miles up the Sherman road to 12,000', below the mine buildings. Because this is an unmarked trailhead, the first priority is to locate the trail that leads across the basin. Find the small road that turns down and back to the right below the side of the main road. This is the best place to start. Walk down this road and look for the trail that starts on the left after about 50 yards. Photo #1 was taken on the main road looking down at the area. The trail drops down past a wooden electric pole and heads south toward the stream below. There are a few spots where the trail has been washed away. Stay with the trail as it weaves southeast through willows to reach the east end of Iowa Gulch. Continue south and southwest on the trail as it climbs up onto talus. The trail becomes thin in some areas but it's fairly easy to follow. Continue to the gully that drops down between Mt. Sherman and Mt. Sheridan. The trail reaches the gully near 12,400'.

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