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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Sherman
Lake County, CO

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The lower portion of the trail after sunrise
The lower portion of the trail after sunrise

Route: West Slopes

As was the case with Huron Peak yesterday, the drive in the dark to the trailhead was interesting, this time with rock slide and avalanche snow on the road. Nevertheless, it was accessible for virtually any vehicle.

The trail initially descended down an embankment, crossed a few streams (a little confusing to follow, as the trail was very brushy with multiple herd paths), passed through beautiful field of wildflowers, then worked its way up to the mountainside. Footing was subpar until entering the ravine. From there, the trail ascended on fairly gradual switchbacks.

Once on the ridge, the trail had a few switchbacks and a quasi-knife edge stretch before reaching the flat summit shelf (complete with a snow cornice remaining). Excellent views and a fairly quiet hike until the masses started arriving.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Sherman
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Parking Elevation: 12,000'
Destination: Mt. Sherman
Time Elapsed: 01:33
Trailhead Elevation: 12,000'
Summit Elevation: 14,036'
Vertical Gain: 2,156'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:01
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,276'

The sunrise
The sunrise

Looking southeast from Mt. Sherman - Click to enlarge
Looking southeast from Mt. Sherman

Topographic map of Mt. Sherman

Directions to trailhead: From Leadville, take a series of dirt roads to Iowa Gulch. An informal parking area is located on the right side of the road, just prior to the transmission lines recrossing. The trail descends steeply from the parking area.

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