Mount Sherman is known as one of the easiest Colorado 14er hikes due to the short mileage and high elevation trailhead. It features various mine shafts, stunning views, and access to some fantastic 13er peaks.
Difficulty – Intermediate
Distance – 4.6 miles miles round trip (7.40 km)
Height – 14,036 feet (4,278.2 meters)
Elevation gain – 2,150 feet (655.3 meters)
Duration – 3 to 5 hours (book time)
Hike Class: Class 2
Seasons – Year-round (caution and experience needed in winter – see below)
Trailhead Location – Fourmile Creek Trailhead (Alternate: Iowa Gulch)
Fourmile Creek Trailhead (4wd) | 4.6 Miles Round Trip | 2,150 Feet Elevation Gain | Class 2
This is the most common route up Sherman (directions below). The road to to the trailhead is dirt, but manageable by most vehicles. The trail begins along a dirt road and gradually gains elevation for .3 miles before reaching the first mine.
.5 miles in, hikers will reach a junction where roads/paths continue to other mines, and to the right, the trail continues. The trail can be difficult to follow given all of the various walking paths around the mines. Hikers should attempt to stay on the most traveled trail, though it is very easy to get off the trail, it is pretty easy to simply find your way back to the trail, or continue on to your destination by site.
1.2 miles in, hikers will reach Hilltop Mine. This mine features gorgeous views of Mount Sherman and the other surrounding peaks. From here, hikers can see the entire trail to the summit.
1.4 miles in, hikers will reach the saddle between Mount Sheridan and Mount Sherman. From here, the summit is .9 miles of solid elevation gain, but the views in all directions are fantastic. Hikers will reach the summit 2.3 miles in and can retrace their steps back to the trailhead.
Fourmile Creek Trailhead (2wd / Winter) | 8.4 Miles Round Trip | 2,820 Feet Elevation Gain | Class 2
This is the exact same route as above, but if you have a low clearance 2WD vehicle in summer, or during winter months when the road closes before the upper trailhead, hikers will need to hike along the road an additional 1.9 miles each way.
Iowa Gulch | 4.6 Miles Round Trip | 2,150 Feet Elevation Gain | Class 2
This trailhead starts at 11,900 feet, and is the less traveled route to the summit. This is an unmarked trailhead located, so you will have to spot the trail visually.
Hikers begin heading southeast from the road across a meadow for 0.5 miles. The direction is towards the saddle between Mount Sheridan and Mount Sherman. Hikers will see a rubble field without much trail. Here, they should choose the best path for them through these rocks, but should stay north (left) of the main drainage creek. After connecting with the drainage and heading up stream, hikers should be able to find the trail by sight a little bit easier all the way up to the saddle.
Hiking in Winter
Mount Sherman is a common winter hike. The winter months add miles to all routes due to road closures, so extra time needs to be allocated due to this. Both starting locations have areas of avalanche risk, making it essential for hikers to know the risks, and assess the current situation.
From Fourmile creek, the winter route breaks from the standard route by heading up the south slopes of the mountain with a more direct route to the summit. Even this route has some avalanche danger. We recommend checking out the 14er winter description for this route: https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=sher3&peak=Mt.+Sherman
Directions & Parking
Below are directions for both routes – to the upper trailheads of each, 4wd is highly recommended, and winter, the upper trailheads are inaccessible due to road closures.
Fourmile Creek Trailhead
To Iowa gulch Trailhead
Current Weather Conditions
Here is a detailed forecast for the next 4 days. Check Mountain Forecast beforehand.
A chance of snow showers and patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 9. Wind chill values as low as -13. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
A slight chance of snow showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -4. Wind chill values as low as -20. North wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunny, with a high near 15. Wind chill values as low as -21. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
Patchy blowing snow after 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 1. Wind chill values as low as -21. Northwest wind 10 to 30 mph.
Areas of blowing snow before 11am, then blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers between 11am and 5pm, then snow showers and blowing snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 13. West northwest wind 25 to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
Snow showers and blowing snow before 11pm, then blowing snow and a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -8. West northwest wind 35 to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Blowing snow and a chance of snow showers before 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near -2. West northwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
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