Elevation gained: ~3000 feet
Starting point: .75 miles before the Leavick site
|Mount Sherman 14,036 feet (summit not visible)|
There's a lot of people who claim Sherman as one of the most boring 14ers in all Colorado. I think it helps to climb it in winter covered in 1-2 feet of snow. It really was awesome and quite challenging for me. I made it to the Leavick site fairly quickly which is the normal summer trailhead for most people.
|This area is rich with mining history. That's the extent of my knowledge though.|
|A lot of signs warning to keep out. Might be a secret fight club location.|
From the Leavick site it's just up and up the road. Passing what remains of a once thriving mining operation.
|You can see the wind picking up here and the sun trying to get though creating a kind of eerie scene.|
|The mountain ahead of me covered in clouds.|
|Further up the road this is another look back.|
|This is the Hilltop Mine at ~13,000 feet. The wind hit a fever pitch right as I topped out at the mine.|
|White Ridge 13,684 feet shares a saddle with Sherman|
|The basic route I took up vs.....|
|Here is Mount Sheridan and the massive cornice obstructing access to the saddle from below.|
|This is most of the remaining route from where I gained the southwest ridge.|
|Very cool snow crystal formations on the rock at just under 14,000 feet.|
|I guess you'll just have to trust me that this is me and that I am standing on the summit.|
It took me about 5 hours to summit and just over two hours to get back to the car. There was another car parked next to mine when I arrived back. But I never saw a single soul the entire day. I had the whole mountain to myself.