Season Opener - Mt. Sherman (14,036')

  • June 9, 2013 · 7:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season Opener - Mt. Sherman via Fourmile Creek TH (14,036’ - Class 1 and 2)

Fourmile Creek TH: From the US 285 - Colorado 9 Junction south of Fairplay, go 1.0 mile south on US 285. Turn west onto Park County Road 18. Set your trip meter at this point. Go west on CR18, enter the Fourmile Creek Valley and Pike NF at mile 4.0. Pass Fourmile campground at mile 8.0, and park at the old Leavick town site at mile 10.5 (look for old mine buildings).

Gerry Roach’s seminal “Colorado Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs”, advises that the road is often plowed to the Leavick site in the winter. However, 14ers.com notes that the road is “usually plowed only to 11,100’” - about a mile below Leavick. This adds 2 miles to an already 8.8 mile RT trip. Please be in the proper physical condition to attempt this peak - whether we start from Leavick or just below. That means: regular ascents of Liberty Cap, Mt. Garfield, Tellerico, or similar elevation gains. “Long” hikes thrown in for variety are preferred, as well (>5mi with pack you would expect to bring on 14er).


POSSIBLE EXTRA CREDIT: Possibility of combination with Gemini Peak (13,951’; Class 2), depending on weather. I’ll gauge it as we get closer to Summit Day.


Range of RT Lengths:

Leavick Site to Summit of Sherman: 8.8mi
14er.com stated winter plow level to Summit of Sherman: ~10.8mi
EXTRA CREDIT GEMINI PEAK: 10.2mi from Leavick/12.2mi from 14er.com stated winter plow level.

Elevation Gain: from Fourmile Creek TH (11,240’), it is 2,796’ of elevation gain.

Craig and I may camp near the trailhead/winter closure. More info as we near Summit Day.

Please be at the TH ready to depart by 7:00 AM!

 

 

 

 

 

BRING:

- Comfortable daypack
- traction device (Kahtoola ice spikes or similar)
- snowshoes (just in case)
- poles if you like ‘em
- ice ax if you like it and know how to use it
- trusted boots (please do not debut new footwear on 14ers!)
- proper clothing in layers (this means NO COTTON, and prepare for any weather possibility, and good, NON-COTTON socks). This includes RAIN GEAR (an essential item!!)
- Water (>2L)
- high energy “summit snacks” and a light lunch (jerky, nuts, dried fruit, candy all good choices)
- maybe a thermos of something warm and tasty - hot tea or the like
- GAITERS - this is as much to keep out scree as snow, and sometimes I like them just for extra insulation
- first aid kit, at least basics for yourself and know how to use it (include moleskins in case of blisters)
- camera (for those summit “hero” shots!)

Homework:
http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=sher1&peak=Mt.+Sherman
http://www.peakbagger.com/peak.aspx?pid=5803
Gerry Roach - “Colorado Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs” - a *must* for the CO 14er enthusiast.

RSVP:
Each and every person who wishes to participate must be a WSA member. You may only RSVP for yourself - no guests, no +1, no mention in your RSVP of ‘I am bringing my brother-in-law.’

 

Questions? Call or Text Beth (970)[masked]

 

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  • Jay M

    Thanks so much Beth, for organizing and to all who leaned into the wind for Sherman. Also, thanks also to Brenna and Ron for the brisk paced side tour up Sheridan. You guys didn't let much grass grow under your feet. Cheers...J

    June 13, 2013

  • daniel lee w.

    great weather,though it was windy,it was from the south and seemed to push me up the mountain.

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good job! Awesome day! You guys planned and executed a super hike! It was fun to see you getting juiced up the night before and early in the morning!

    June 10, 2013

  • David J

    I had an awesome time hiking/scrambling/ sliding down my first fourteener!

    3 · June 9, 2013

    • Andy K.

      It was great to meet you, David! Keep on smiling, playing and enjoying all we have to offer out here

      June 10, 2013

    • David J

      Thank you Andy! Keep me posted on future meetup expeditions you plan on attending, or ones you plan to do on your own...it'd be great to join you

      June 10, 2013

  • Andy K.

    This was such a great trip! I wasn't sure what I was in for in terms of my fitness level (as 14ers tend to go) but it was a great success! Training has justified itself, and I had a great time with really cool people. We had several firsts, which is always good, and awesome campground. A couple of us also hit Mt Evans on the way down the road toward the hike, and this was a fantastic weekend all around. Thank you all! Good work Beth, and thanks!

    June 10, 2013

  • Suzy N.

    AWESOME DAY! I did it! My first Fourteener! YAY! Aside from the insane intermittent high winds - which everyone estimated to be around 40 mph - the weather was perfect! This ascent was not as difficult as I thought it might be for me, which was a great surprise. We had a terrific group. And I glissaded twice, SO FUN! Many thanks to Beth for such a fun trip. I can't wait for the next one - Elbert!

    2 · June 9, 2013

    • Andy K.

      It was great hiking with you, Suzy! Congratulations on number one, and enjoy the rest of them!

      1 · June 10, 2013

  • Brenna O

    Congratulations for everyone making the summits and for the people that this was the first fourteener! I had a awesome time camping/hiking/climbing/meeting new people and seeing familiar faces. A big thanks out to Beth for organizing the event. I enjoyed hiking up two summits in one day. Looking forward to another fun adventure with WSA.

    2 · June 9, 2013

  • Mary Jo D.

    Weather wasn't as cold as I expected it to be, but the wind was crazy! Due to MJ's "excellent" navigational skills, Dan and I found an steep "off trail" loose rock scramble up to the summit of Sheridan before popping over to Sherman's summit. We had the first summit all to ourselves! There was not a cloud in the sky and we had an amazing time! :) Thanks Beth!

    2 · June 9, 2013

  • Beth P.

    Oh and the glissading was OUTSTANDING!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Beth P.

    Perfect bluebird day - thanks for everyone putting up with me changing the date twice! 12 attendees - 12 Sherman summits, 3 first 14ers, 3 first trips with WSA, and I think 6 or 7 Sheridan summits. Thanks everyone for attending - let's do it again soon!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Mike W.

    This was a great peak. High winds and cool temps through the ascent with spectacular views and mixed scree and snow above 13,000. Everyone that went was fit, properly kitted out and super cool. Thanks, Beth for organizing a totally awesome peak bagging weekend!

    2 · June 9, 2013

  • Carl

    Sorry Beth, I am bailing. I am going to Seattle to help a friend rebuild his house. I have the time and the skills to help. My plans change daily.

    June 6, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Have fun - catch you another time!

      June 7, 2013

  • Brenna O

    Is anybody leaving for the trip on saturday. Would perfer to leave on saturday. [masked] I live in glenwood springs.

    June 3, 2013

    • Carl

      I am thinking about leaving GJ on saturday but I want to do somethingthat day. Thinking about a bike ride somewhere. Throwing around one of the bike paths up toward the passes like vail. Do not know if their is any interest from anybody.

      June 3, 2013

    • Carl

      Sorry to say Brenna that I am not doing the trip. Driving to Seattle to help a friend work on his house.

      June 6, 2013

  • Mike W.

    I will now be departing from G.J. on Saturday (late morning or before noon). If Brenna or anyone on the I-70 (western slope) corridor needs a ride let me know. I would like to be at Four Mile Camp Ground around 3:00 or 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. I will be tenting close to the car at Four Mile provided campsites are available.

    June 6, 2013

  • Beth P.

    Conditions are looking pretty good:
    http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=13566&parmpeak=Mt.+Sherman&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include

    Be ready for some light postholing, though!

    Excited - can't wait to see you all!

    1 · June 5, 2013

    • Andy K.

      Sounds good to me! Gaiters and microspikes will be packed! I believe snowshoes would be more of a hindrance than benefit for the most part; what do you think?

      June 6, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Snowshoes not much help here, I think!

      June 6, 2013

  • Mike W.

    I called the South Park Ranger Station this morning and they had nothing new to report in terms of trail conditions. The weather looks good the trail looks good. Will pack the typical "3 seasons in a day" loadout of gaitors, microspikes, sunscreen and insect repellent and will look forward to seeing all of you on Saturday.

    1 · June 6, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Mike, thanks again for your work. Sounds like we will have a great weekend.

      June 6, 2013

  • Ron S.

    Hey Beth, is Sheridan still an option for this venture? If not, I will be close there in the next week and hike it then. Still will meet up for Sherman

    May 30, 2013

    • Ron S.

      All three and call it a half Whitney?

      May 30, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Sure, why not!

      June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Daniel is hiking and I will just see him off. We plan to camp Saturday night. I'll stay around base camp painting, journaling, etc. We may bring another friend or two just to camp (not to hike).

    June 3, 2013

  • Andy K.

    I'm driving my 4Runner from GJ on Friday evening and there are three seats available. Who wants to carpool on that trip? First call, first ride. Email, text or call. [masked]

    June 3, 2013

  • Mary Jo D.

    Thanks Mike!

    June 3, 2013

  • Mike W.

    Update: I spoke with Laura Van Dusen at the South Park Ranger Station (719) 836-2031. She said that the South trail from Four Mile Creek/Leavvick townsite has snow at the upper elevations but is melting fast. She has not spoken with anyone that has been on it recently but I will call again Thursday and Saturday to see if they have updated information. She also believes the access road is plowed to the old Leavick townsite (but not beyond).

    2 · June 3, 2013

  • Mary Jo D.

    Do you know how much snow is on the trail? I don't have snowshoes and am hoping to avoid postholing or slogging through a lot of mud in deep/soft snow. (I haven't seen a lot of recent trip reports on Mt. Sherman.)

    June 3, 2013

  • Beth P.

    I tried to book campsites. I am unable to do so because Saturday arrivals must also stay on Friday. However, most of the sites are open, so I think we will be fine walking in. Rates are $16 / 2 cars / max 8 people per site.

    June 1, 2013

  • Brenna O

    Anyone please let me know if you have space in your vehicle to carpool as it get closer. Live in Glenwood springs[masked] Thank you

    May 31, 2013

  • Beth P.

    So, for some reason Fourmile isn't coming up for me on recreation.gov. I do note that Horseshoe does come up though. It is about a mile further from the TH but is the nicer of the two campgrounds IMO. There are 14 spots left for that night. If there's interest, I can go ahead and try to snag 3-4 sites. Anyone else camping?

    May 30, 2013

    • Brenna O

      Beth yes count me for camping. I am not sure at this point who I will be carpooling with but I would like to camp and hopeful who I carpool with will also want to camp.

      1 · May 30, 2013

    • Carl

      Put me down for camping the night before. Probably drive up the day before. Can carpool. Let me know.

      May 31, 2013

  • daniel lee w.

    snag a spot for me, will $ you $ when we get there.

    May 31, 2013

  • Brenna O

    yes I will like to camp that night also

    May 30, 2013

  • Beth P.

    Road conditions: I did not drive all the way to Leavick, mostly because runoff was making things a little muddy and partially because there was a storm incoming. But the road is dry. I did catch some skiers coming down from Horseshoe; they ended up turning around due to the storm and electrical activity (I arrived around 11:30; had stuff in the morning to attend to). From what I could see, I think we will be able to get by with spikes and gaiters. Both campgrounds were open and looked great (Horseshoe and Four Mile). We'll keep an eye on the weather when it's closer to go time.

    May 29, 2013

    • Mike W.

      Haven't been "sloggin" since March...

      May 29, 2013

    • Suzy N.

      Ah, yes, I recall slogging through some "boot sucking" mud with Ron in mid-March. Let's hope conditions will be drier by the 9th!

      May 30, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Right now it looks like seven people are leaving from GJ/Montrose, and possible carpooling with those along the way off I-70. Depending on Beth's assessment of the hike itself and road conditions, who wants to drive?

    May 29, 2013

    • Brenna O

      Include me in the total count of people wanting to carpool. Let me know who would have room in vehicle to stop by glenwood springs so I can participate in carpool thank you

      May 29, 2013

  • Brenna O

    Does anyone want to carpool to the trail head. I would prefer to leaving Saturday and camp at trail head or close by so not leaving glenwood springs early sunday morning. People from Grand Junction are you traveling on i-70 towards leadville. If you are would I be able to carpool with you from Glenwood springs. Thanks

    May 28, 2013

    • Andy K.

      I would definitely prefer to camp as well, so hopefully those leaving from GJ/Montrose can leave early and carpool

      May 29, 2013

  • Mary Jo D.

    Thanks for checking out the trailhead conditions Beth. :) As of a week ago there seemed to be a bit of snow on that and the Lincoln group. I'm hoping with the warm weather we've had, some of that late spring snow has melted. If it's not too snowy, I'll go, and probably do the Lincoln group on Saturday. It's still a couple weeks away, so hopefully conditions will be great!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Suzy N.

    Well, this is coming up fast. Do you (or anybody else) know the current conditions up there, Beth? Is it plowed/passable above Leavick yet? With all the fabulous warm weather here, it'll feel weird to have to rummage through the closet for the WINTER gear again. What's everyone planning for camping the night before?

    May 27, 2013

    • Beth P.

      I'm planning to head up this week for beta, since I have the time, and have been watching 14ers.com closely (not a lot there). Stay tuned...

      May 27, 2013

  • Beth P.

    6/9 looked pretty open on the calendar, and I think a good time for this one. Maybe we could tack a DeCaLiBron on the Saturday before? Craig is probably sick of doing it but I wouldn't mind doing it again.

    April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Let me know; I may give it a try in June. Thanks

      April 28, 2013

  • Mike W.

    If the mountaineering guru's in the group think that snow conditions will be safe I'm all for doing this on May 5th. That being said, the mountain will probably be there next month so if we need to relocate, (Bierstadt maybe?) reschedule and/or reconsider that is also okay. Recommend that we finalize no later than Wednesday, May 1st.

    April 25, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Also if I do Bierstadt again I'd really like to do Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans­. :)

      April 26, 2013

    • Mike W.

      Thanks for the ongoing work on this Beth. Hopefully we won't have Tornados, Hurricanes or an Alien Invasion prior to 9 June. The Sawtooth segement of Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans­ looks like alot of fun.

      April 27, 2013

  • Beth P.

    I am probably postponing yet again. I will not have time to address this today. Probably tomorrow or Sunday at the latest. Apologies as my calendar is very packed at the moment.

    April 25, 2013

    • Andy K.

      I hadn't looked 2 months ahead yet, but I did RSVP for Sneffles in May, Wetterhorn and Matterhorn. Uncompahgre is on a Monday, so that won't work out with my job.

      April 26, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Yeah, I was counting on conditions being as dry as last year - I am glad it isn't, even if I have to reschedule yet again!

      April 26, 2013

  • Mary Jo D.

    I'm sad I can't make it, but unfortunately I'm not able to start higher altitude climbs for another 1-2 months. I still want to do this one this year. So... if anyone can't make it now with Beth, there may be another weekend this is posted on WSA later this summer. To those that are going, have a great (and safe) trip!! :)

    April 25, 2013

  • Brenna O

    I would be fine if it is safer to do the climb later in the spring early summer.

    April 24, 2013

  • Carl

    I would be up for a different weekend since this trip was rescheduled. There is a lot of talk about avy danger recently in the mountains.

    April 23, 2013

  • Brenna O

    I would be up to trying a peak with lower avy risk if the snow conditions are still looking questionable next week.

    April 23, 2013

  • Beth P.

    Beta: I contacted a member of CO Scramblers, as they recently skied Sherman. Road conditions were good, but we have had a LOT of snow since then and it is looking like more. I saw a brief mention on 14ers.com, indicating that snowshoes are a necessity. However, there has also been snow since then. I am open to the idea of trying a different peak if everyone would like. Quandary or Bierstadt both have much lower avy risk.

    April 22, 2013

  • daniel lee w.

    Have to make money at that job thing. Sorry folks, my heart will be with y'all. Bon chance!

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Beth!!! I am slowed down with knee rehab,so I'll be slow, but this will be fun. Can't wait to see you.

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Brenna O

      has anyone been able to find out condition about the snow conditions and trail with the recent snow storms over the past 2 weeks.

      April 21, 2013

    • Brenna O

      I live in glenwood springs and would like to carpool with someone. Would be up to camping the saturday night at trail head to get more sleep saturday night. I have camping gear. Please let me know if anyone would be open to carpool pooling.

      April 21, 2013

  • Mike

    On call weekend

    April 14, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Cinco de Mayo! Margaritas for all!

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Given that it is Cinco, excellent summit snacks can probably be counted on! Or at least parking lot snacks.

      March 26, 2013

    • Suzy N.

      Oh, yeah! Just realized it's Cinco de Mayo! DEFINITELY summit snacks!

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make the new date. Have fun guys!

    March 25, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Sorry you cannot make it, Yurani - I will be posting more though, in a few weeks. Hope you can make it to one of those!

      March 26, 2013

  • Ron S.

    I will probably roll on 285 to the Front Range and NE some time in the next couple weeks. Will try to take the time to check out the conditions first hand and will let you know. The meager snowpack should allow for decent conditions by May 5 anyway.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Excellent, thanks, Ron! I may go to check out conditions soon, as well.

      March 26, 2013

  • Suzy N.

    As far as I can see right now, the new date should be no problem for me. More time to train!

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • daniel lee w.

    ok I will be on the liberty hike on tuesday, then I will be hiking Garf.on wed. 3:00 or 4:00, then again on thursday, full pack from down town Palisade,9:00 am. If I don't breakdown, I should be good for Sherman. Been doing as much as I can this winter, up Garfield in blizzards and in icy conditions, up the pollock and trying to expand the area I am common to. I love the challenge.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Andy K.

      Wow! Good job! Nothing will stop you

      March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could, but it is my wife's birthday! - No, she wouldn't want to come

    March 25, 2013

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