Mt Sherman Route Guide | A Historic & Legendary 14er

In the northern Colorado rocky mountains, 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, for which I recommend a 4WD vehicle. You’ll pass amazing historic structures from the Colorado Mining Boom here, including the remains of a several kilometer-long aerial tram that carried ore from the mines high on the slopes down to the milling site below. Make sure you leave artifacts for others to find and enjoy. Here’s everything you need to know in my Mt Sherman Route Guide.


Mt Sherman Route Guide Fast Facts

Mt Sherman Route Guide - Southwest Ridgee

My Mt Sherman Route Guide starts from the Fourmile Creek Trailhead west of Fairplay. 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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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! Be sure you head down with plenty of time to reach tree line before afternoon thunderstorms become an issue. I hope you found my Mt Sherman Route Guide helpful and informative.

Mt Sherman Route Guide

My Mt Sherman Route Guide includes this topographical map you can use for your trip. I recommend downloading this image digitally on your phone and bringing a print out of a paper copy as a backup version in case anything happens to your electronics along the way.

Checking the Weather forecast before your trip is just as important as reviewing this Mt Sherman Route Guide. Here’s a few dependable weather sources to get started with.

Mt Sherman Weather Forecast

Mt Sherman Route Guide

Hiking & climbing 14ers is an inherently high-risk activity – do so at your own risk, and use the following best practices to help keep yourself safe.

  1. Research your route and bring a compass & topographic map.
  2. Check the weather forecast and stay home during inclement weather.
  3. Bring the Ten Essentials and the knowledge/skill to use them.
  4. Leave your plans with someone back home along with a detailed itinerary.
  5. Start early, and end early: Be back at tree line by noon to avoid lightning.
  6. Bring a buddy on your first ascent, preferably someone experienced.


Hiking, scrambling and climbing up Colorado’s high peaks are inherently high-risk, dangerous activities. There is a significant risk of injury or death, even with proper planning and experience. Those using my Mt Sherman Route Guide accept all risks associated with climbing 14ers and do not hold this website or any information they obtain from it liable for any accidents or injuries that occur while engaging in these activities on Colorado’s high peaks. It is each hiker or climber’s responsibility to research their route carefully, bring the ten essentials, and practice other safe practices, though even these precautions do not eliminate risk and danger. Visit these summits at your own risk.