Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide

In the northern rockies, there’s no easier 14er than Mt Sherman. The southwest slopes route is short, provided you can drive all the way to the 12,000 foot parking area – I recommend a 4WD vehicle. You’ll pass amazing historic structures from the Colorado Mining Boom here – make sure you leave artifacts for others to find and enjoy. Here’s everything you need to know in my Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide.

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Mt Sherman Fast Facts

  • Standard Route: Southwest Ridge
  • Trailhead: Fourmile Creek
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
  • Round-Trip Distance: 5.25 Miles
  • Difficulty Level: Class 2 Scramble
  • Range: Mosquito Range

Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide

If you had to park below 12,000 feet, continue up the road towards the closed gate. From the gate, head up the road toward the Dauntless Mine area ahead. Mt Sheridan is visible directly ahead of you, while Mt Sherman is hidden to the right.

Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide

At the Dauntless Mine, take a right into a series of flats. The Dauntless structures and other historic mining artifacts along the route are dangerous – don’t go exploring in them, and leave relics behind for others to find and enjoy too.

Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide

Zig zag your way through the flats section, aiming for the historic mining structures along the slopes of Mt Sherman. 

Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide

From the mines, another set of switchbacks will take you up to the Mt Sherman – Mt Sheridan saddle. These trails are well-built and maintained – enjoy!

Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide

Once up on the saddle, take a right to start up Mt Sherman’s southwest ridge. You can take one of two trail options to gain the ridge proper. The left route is less steep, but longer than the more direct right route.

Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide

Continue up the ridge, first on the right side, before crossing to the left around 13,500 feet. The most difficult section of the route comes after 13,600 feet where you’ll to scramble around several rocky sections before gaining the summit. Once you’re there, enjoy your accomplishment! I hope you enjoyed my Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide.

Mt Sherman Standard Route Guide

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About the Author: Alex Derr

Alex Derr is a mountaineer and blogger based in Denver Colorado. He is working to climb Colorado’s highest 100 peaks, and the 20 tallest peaks in California. He created The Next Summit to share advice, stories, history & reflections from the Colorado Rockies & Sierra Nevada. When not climbing, he is managing the Communications strategy at Visible Network Labs.