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Climbed on Thursday 11/15. Did Quandary the day prior. Sherman was much more of an adventure. Only had microspikes; no snowshoes. The forecast called for sunny skies, a high of 19F degrees and 10 mph winds (the saddle and summit ridge were a different story). The road was plowed until approximately 11,200 ft. We had an AWD vehicle and didn't have much trouble getting up to that point. I don't believe anyone had been on the mountain in a while as we did not see any footprints (old or new) the entire day, with the exception of some snowshoe prints on the way back to the car at the end of the day. The snow was about 8-12 inches deep leading up the gate. Nothing too bad. However once past the Dauntless Mine (12,300), the snow was much deeper. In some places I tried submerging my trekking poles into the snow and could not make contact with the ground. That was the case for most of the day. We made our way to the Hilltop Mine and then post-holed our way up the saddle between Sheridan and Sherman. As soon we crested the saddle, we were greeted by very strong winds that Sherman is notorious for, probably anywhere between 20-40 mph, most of the way up to the summit. The hike up the southwest ridge wasn't too bad at all. Very windy but the views were breathtaking. I did see some animal footprints around 13,400 ft (picture below). I decided to turn around prior to most difficult section on the ridge (my highest gps reading was at 13,697 ft). My buddy who was moving much faster than me had already summited at that point. I decided to wait for him by the notch at 13,600 ft. He said the section past 13,700 was a little sketchy and extremely cold in those conditions. However, the summit was very calm and enjoyable. The descent was a lot of fun as we slid down our backsides from the saddle and felt like little kids playing in the snow. We saw some snowshoe tracks on our way back to car. I believe they made it up to the Hilltop Mine and decided to turn back but not sure since we didn't run into a single person all day on the mountain. All in all, the climb was a lot of fun, especially compared to the relatively straightforward climb of Quandary the day prior. Can't wait to go back and bag that summit!

Yaktracks and layers made this possible and as wonderful as well. Will be back !

This is a great trail to couple with the Squaw mountain. I would suggest doing this one first. This one is still an easy trail, but is slightly more difficult than Squaw. The incline a little more steep. My opinion is this is better because it’s more in the woods and the trail is more fun. The views at the top are stunning as well.
You will be able to identify the parking on the side of the road but the trailhead is easy to miss. It’s on the other side of the road and is a small entry.

As of 11/10/2018 the trail is covered in snow but I didn’t need shoe traction at all and the trail is still being used enough that the path is obvious. A great, short hike with unbelievable views at the top. Download the PeakFinder app for some fun after summiting.

If you are an avid hiker, this is not very exciting.

This trail gave me a tour of complete garden of the gods area. The landscape is so beautiful I can't explain in words.. Must do for everyone. Loved it.

hiking
17 days ago

Good, easy hike - little surprised to see it was moderate. Nice views! Only negative was a good chunk of the drive up was unpaved, and it had rain/snowed so an unanticipated muddy car.

Bring spikes! Great mini hike with incredible views.

hiking
23 days ago

Wear micro spikes.
2 miles straight up but views so worth it.
Incredible

walking
24 days ago

Easy trail with great 360 views. Requires crampons in fall due to packed ice and inclines

What a perfect trail for beginners, out of towners, and people who want a short day. Easy trailhead to get to. Easy, well-maintained trail, and a great destination. Beautiful drive up and view from the top of Chief Mountain.

We parked near the entrance to the amphitheater and came down the stairs on the right hand side and out to the trailhead. The sandstone rocks are incredible and are definitely the best part of the trek. The hike itself is fairly easy and the trail is pretty wide most of the way. If you’re visiting the amphitheater, go ahead and do this one.

Beautiful vista from up top. Definitely worth the rocky climb.

hiking
27 days ago

Snow covered most of the trail and was all packed down, though slick in many spots. The wind was pretty cutting at points and at the top, so definitely bring a wind breaker. I'd also advise on gloves if you have trekking poles, I did not have gloves and regret it.

The hike was beautiful and the view from the top was incredible. I went on a Wednesday afternoon and had the entire mountain to myself.

Beautiful views at the top! I’d consider the hike to be overall easy if there’s not snow. I went on 10/20 and the majority of the trail had hard, slippery snow.

trail running
29 days ago

wow! just stunning! this trail itself doesn't run through the amphitheatre but if you veer off this trail, the amphitheatre is a short walk away. I am sort of a geological nerd so these rock formations had my jaw on the floor. such a wild and beautiful place! even in October, make sure you have plenty of water.

I hiked the trail on Friday and it was completely passable, though snow covered and a little icy in some patches from the snow getting packed down from foot traffic. The second half of the trail is exposed above the tree line. It could get windy at the top, though the weather was very warm and nice. Amazing 360 views at the top. I imagine this trail would be an excellent choice in any season!

hiking
1 month ago

Always a great hike! Views are beautiful.

great hike for beginners and family time! Dogs are welcomed and the views at the top are worth the work

The views on this hike are amazing. Make sure at this time of year you bring proper gear. Sheer ice in places made it extremely slippery coming down

Nice early morning hike before the sun got too hike. Lots of parking and easy trails.

Excellent hike. Snow packed so very slippery in places. At the top is beautiful...50+ degree weather was perfect.

trail running
1 month ago

It’s short but a very fun and rewarding workout. Great views from the top. Hop on the Switzerland trail at the trailhead if you want to add on some mileage.

Beautiful views from the top. Easy hike, 1.5 hours round trip with about 10 minutes the summit.

Fabulous views as you go up, and it's definitely worth it to scramble up to the top. The trail had heavy traffic though, making it not as peaceful as I would have liked. With snow on the trail, the traffic really packed it in, making it fairly slick.

Arrived around 9:30am Saturday morning and parking wasn't more than 5 cars although once we got back to the car around 11:30 there was a line of cars and more people. There was snow most of the trail and icy towards the last portion of the trail, but was an awesome hike and fantastic views!

Beautiful hikes. Pretty easy hiking with great views!

Pretty easy hike, paved mostly so great for littles. Awesome rock formations to check out too!

Awesome short hike with an amazing view! The view at the top is worth it. As of 10/12/18 there is a couple inches of snow and the top by the ridge is SO windy so be prepared.
Limited parking, we were the second car there at 9am and when we were back at 11am the whole side of the road was packed.

It’s a great hike for families. With a moderate gain and only 1.5 miles long you get some great views.

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