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Beautiful views! A few rough points that were too steep for our kids (11,8,7) but managed to concur!

Excellent canyon countryside. Not a well-marked trail. I ended up on several false trail branches, but that kind of added to the fun of exploration. Took several attempts to find the right trailhead due to closed roads, private roads, and lack of accurate coordinates. Almost zero cell coverage, so be prepared to be out of contact. I did the loop clockwise as recommended by several who said it was better to accomplish the sketchy/rougher parts of trail near the start when fresh. There were two places where landslips had mostly taken out the trail, but there’s been some rudimentary work at making the trail passable. Plenty of evidence of bears and coyotes. Several creek crossing made keep dry feet a bit of a challenge.

Directions were accurate to TH. Starts in the burn area but quickly drop int the woods along Goose Creek. Good trail conditions all the way to the historic buildings. Just as much up and down coming and going, good training trail. Links up with other trails in the wilderness.

hiking
17 days ago

Great short hike. Mountain views and a great waterfall.
You can cool off at the base of the falls.

off road driving
28 days ago

Awesome drive even in rain mixed with snow! Beautiful area.

We were able to visit the falls Easter morning. Someone had placed plastic eggs along the trail which made it extra special for the kids.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is not hard to get to. Although shows a loop, there was a trail that went in between the two on the east part of the mountain. Step, and kept my heart rate up for the 1.3 miles up. In the forest the whole time. In summer there would be great shade. There was some snow as I got higher, and very happy to have poles on the way down.

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 to 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. We eventually made our way to the Hilltop Mine and then post-holed our way up to the saddle between Sheridan and Sherman. As soon we crested the saddle, we were greeted by the strong winds 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 though. Very windy but the views were breathtaking. I did see some animal footprints around 13,400 ft. I decided to turn around prior to most difficult section on the ridge (my highest gps reading was at 13,697 ft). It was getting late in the day and my buddy, who was moving much faster than me, had already summited. I decided to wait for him by the notch at 13,600 ft. He said the section past 13,700 was very wind and extremely cold. However, the summit was calm and enjoyable. The descent was a lot of fun as we slid down from the saddle. 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. No one had been on the mountain since the last major storm and it was amazing being out there in those conditions. Can't wait to go back and bag that summit!

Beautiful scenic view at the very end. Aspens just happened to be turning. Gorgeous! ♡

I have completed the North approach given and while steep it is doable for most, but still a tough final approach. Followed the South approach given and at about 8,150 around 900 ft from the summit it becomes a rock scramble as described. Steep and dangerous for the unprepared and inexperienced. Do to snow and treacherous rocks this may have to wait until the snow melts. Hikers should take the class 1 trail approach on the backside further up and around on Mt Herman Rd.

on Newlin Creek Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail! It seems most don't make it to the top past the old steam engine. The last 1/2 mile is steeper than the rest but the views are worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Recommend 4x4 to trailhead parking due to washout road.

Most of the trail was still covered in snow due to recent snowfall in October 2018.

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hiking
2 months ago

I completed a night hike of this loop counterclockwise within the past 2 weeks. I don't recommend hiking at night here for 2 reasons: first it is closed after dark, and second, I was watched and probably stalked by a mountain lion somewhere in the last 2 miles. I had a staring contest with him for a good minute or so.
lastly, I would recommend the right hand section of this trail(during the day) up to the point where you summit the peak. after that the trail is lost for several miles while crossing probably half a dozen small streams.

Beautiful trail nice creek to look at. Lots of different vegetation. Lots of cover from the trees so a little chilly in the cooler months.

hiking
3 months ago

My first fourtenner and a good one for first timers and beginners. Awesome view and easy incline!

who knew such a little trail could hold so many views

mountain biking
3 months ago

Drove over an hour to find out this trail is now closed to bicycles.

Amazing beautiful Trail! Fantastic rock formations if you go all the way up. We will be back. Camped at
Goose Creek campground, but could have camped on the trail. Got fantastic photos!

The views and areas are great but I question the person who designated this trail as moderate. There were maybe two trail signs, both at the beginning of the trail. If it weren’t for this app I’m sure we would still be in the mountains trying to find our way back, including when we were on the sheer face of the mountain staring down death convinced the trail led us there. Download the app and check it often!!! We did the trail counter clockwise. Going up and down the mountain was obviously the most difficult (very strenuous!) Best of luck to those who are brave enough to tackle this one!

hiking
3 months ago

Really liked this hike. Just the right amount of challenge. Could definitely backpack in and camp at one of the primitive campsites. Loved all the creek crossings and beautiful aspens! This trail was a little more shaded than I had planned for so I was a bit chilly until I got moving. Will be back!

off road driving
3 months ago

Great trail for stock 4x4, views were excellent. There was a fair amount of traffic Saturday morning going up stage coach and gold rush... once we got up to almagre trail we felt pretty secluded! Our stock Jeep Grand Cherokee did excellent we had no problems, had a blast.

got a late start so we made it half way up but we will return again to finish! beautiful trail

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely hike. I went clockwise but next time will go counter clockwise as I think this is the more scenic approach. Beautiful Aspen forests on the south side of the loop, lovely meadows, streams, and peaks to see on the northern side.
Lots of stream crossings. Fresh scat on trail just northeast of Dome Rock. Not sure if it was cougar or coyote. Be smart and safe when hiking.

Great for kids with wide trails. Nice views.

Short hike but moderately challenging if you take the rout on the right. Easy to access and great for a quick nature fix.

on Newlin Creek Trail

hiking
3 months ago

totally enjoyed it! the aspen leaves were gorgeous!

The view at the end is worth the hike up!!! Get up on top of the big rocks for the best view!

Rocky covered with scree a d talus. Trailhead at about 12000, well above treeline. Easily accessible from hwy 285 just south of Fairplay north on County Road 18. Travel on this dirt road until a closed gate parking along the road in front of the gate where ever available. Parking is suitable for a weekend crowd. The dirt road is flanked by a healthy forest of limber and bristle cone pines. There is a short trail called Limber Pine Trail along the way that flanks a creek filled with willows. Great for possible moose sightings. The hike from the closed gate to the summit of Mt. Sherman is about 2.5 miles and about 2100 feet elevation gain. There is a very short area of exposure along the ridge near the top as well as strong winds.There are two false summits as well. Like any alpine peak, the view from the summit dismisses all experiences of wind rocks and fatigue. Great hike for a first 14er. It was considerably easier than most of the other alpine hikes I did this past summer. Sadly, I missed the wildflowers on this peak due to the lateness of the season.

Roommate and I completed the trail in ~4.5 hrs, which we feel pretty good about considering how out of shape we are. No snow yet, but a lot of the trail is loose gravel/scree, and by the end I was wishing for my knee brace. It was extremely windy up on the ridge but calm at the summit. My little '07 Honda Fit made it all the way up to the trail head just fine -- can't say I'd recommend it, but if your only option is a low-clearance vehicle, it's doable.

Beautiful views, great for hiking in off-season (late fall/winter). Not anything gnarly like other 14ers, but it’s a great first one.

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