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Mount Sherman & Mount Sheridan, CO
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Mount Sherman & Mount Sheridan, CO 
Mount Sherman & Mount Sheridan, CO
 
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking6.50 Miles 2,825 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   1.57 mph
2,825 ft AEG   2 Hrs   2 Mns Break
 
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On this hike we went to the summit of both Mount Sherman (14,036') and Mount Sheridan (13,748').

The hike begins and ends at the Iowa Gulch TH, which is about 8 miles outside of Leadville. The last 5-6 miles to the TH are on an unpaved road, which is a bit rough and rocky. However, if you take your time, most any passenger car can make it.

When we got to the TH, which was at a little higher than 12,000' in elevation, it was 32 degrees with a brisk wind blowing. As we gained elevation, there was an inch or so of snow covering the trail (it snowed the previous day). The wind seemed to pick up as we gained elevation, which made for a cold hike. Thankfully, the wind was not quite as strong on the summits.

The trail was rocky virtually the entire way. After about 1.5 miles we came to a saddle between Mount Sherman and Mount Sheridan. The elevation of the saddle was around 13,100'. To get to Sherman, you go NE for about a mile, and to get to Sheridan you go SW for about 3/4 of a mile. From the saddle we went to the summit of Sherman; then came back down to the saddle and went up Sheridan. There were 3 other people on top of Sherman when we got there, and one other person on top of Sheridan. We saw a few people on the trail, but not very many. Given the weather conditions, I'm surprised that we weren't the only ones out there.

On the way down from Sheridan we saw 3 mountain goats. I walked pretty close to one of them, and figured that he would head in the opposite direction; instead, he just layed down on the ground, seemingly oblivious to me being there.

Most people seem to think that Sherman is the least difficult 14er, but I thought that it was tougher than Bierstadt. Of course, we also went up to Sheridan, and the weather on this day made the hike seem pretty tough.

From the saddle we could see several people doing the hike from the Fourmile Creek TH. From Leadville, that TH would be about a 2 hour drive, which is why we opted to do the hike from Iowa Gulch.
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