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hiking
1 day ago

Tough hike in general, but easy for 14ers. No hike is easy when with so little oxygen though, so don't underestimate it. The climb is relentless, and due to loose gravel and steep grade you'll want good hiking boots for the way down. Saw several people slip and fall, and 2 out of 3 of us in my group with good hiking boots took spills going downhill as well. Very rewarding for such a short distance. Go on an early weekday to avoid the crowds. And summit before noon to avoid electrical storms!!!

This was my 2nd 14’er (Bierstadt was the other) and the first for my son and sister who was visiting from sea level. We hit the trailhead at 9:00am on the first Sunday in August. There were quite a few others hiking, but most on their way down.

It took us a bit under 2.5 hours to summit with a number of pauses. The ridge was super windy, but it was quiet at the top with great views of Leadville, Turquoise lake in the distance as well as the surrounding mountains despite the fire haze. Hiking poles helped as there is plenty of loose rock and ankle twisters to hike across on the way up.

There are a lot of cool abandoned mines and mining equipment to look at right near the trailhead. That can make the bumpy drive worth taking even if you don’t complete the full summit.

It sprinkled a little on our hike and was cold near the top so we were happy to be prepared with rain and warmth layers. I saw a number of hikers who weren’t as prepared.

I agree it’s a great first 14er due to the short distance of the hike, but don’t let that fool you, it’s still a climb at altitude and my legs were complaining afterwards!

hiking
9 days ago

My first 14er

11 days ago

Great hike and accessible for most anyone. A perfect intro to 14'ers.

Extremely crowded with people playing music on speakers, hiking with off-leash dogs who weren't very well controlled, etc. I guess that's how it is now... Like a frat party in the mountains.

Started at 5:30 and summited at 7:00am. Slick in spots from fresh ice and snow. Escaped the thick of the crowds by heading over to Sheridan to make this one a little more difficult. Took the long way down from Sheridan to meet up with the Sherman trail, bypassing the crowds. Would be very easy to add Horseshoe and Peerless as well.

hiking
12 days ago

Road up is a little rough but made it fine in my sedan. The trail is simple but a lot of lose rock and gravel. Made it to the top around 1130 ish and had a storm roll in so be careful of the weather. Beautiful views

mountain biking
13 days ago

This is a great way to dip your toe in the water in the crested Butte area. The trail is short, not very technical, the down hills are quick but not blisteringly quick. The scenery is pretty. The climbs are long but not impossible. The problem is they show the distance on this trail being one thing but the reality of it is to get back to your car it’s about a 14 mile ride.

best place ive visited in a while. great views and better camp sites.

Great views! Sadly, weather stopped us about 300 feet from the summit.

hiking
18 days ago

This is one of the most glorious hikes I've ever been on. The trail itself is about 7 miles, but it's a mile from the parking area to the trailhead, so that adds 2 miles. That first mile from the parking area to the trailhead is the most strenuous part of the hike -- it's a pretty intense incline, and the elevation adds a little challenge -- but once you're on the trail, it's relatively flat hiking. And gorgeous! I missed the flowers at their peek by a couple of weeks, but there were still wonderful beds of purples and yellows. And even if there weren't, the vistas around every corner were worth the hike alone. There's a little waterfall at the end of the trail -- it felt great to dip my feet into the coooooold water. There are a few creek crossings along the way, but the water was pretty low and they were easy to cross. There's a pond of water about 3 or 4 feet deep between the parking area and the route to the trailhead, but if you walk up the bluff to the left of the pond, you can cross there -- boots stayed dry.

hiking
20 days ago

I agree with the reviews below: road is rough but doable for most vehicles (high clearance recommended though) and the hike is an easy 14’er but is a more difficult hike overall. My advice, especially to the less experienced, would be to go right at the fork seen on the map. This is a more gently sloping ascent and you get to see more ruins, bonus. We went left ascending and experienced more loose rock. But it was doable for sure.

hiking
21 days ago

We hiked Mt. Sherman on Saturday, 7/21. It was a beautiful day, hardly any wind at all. Couldn't ask for more perfect conditions. The road to the trail head is bumpy to say the least, but totally doable in a regular car if you drive slow. You will just need some clearance from the rocks. A low sports car will not work. Let me start by saying that there is no bathroom at the trail head, so take care of that before getting there. I keep hearing people say this is an easy hike. I just don't get that. It was not easy, maybe easy for a 14er, but don't be tricked into thinking it is easy. It is certainly doable by moderately fit persons, but you will be huffing and puffing. There is just one small section that you are not climbing up the entire time. Most of it you are climbing uphill on rocks. Near the top it gets steep. As for the ridge that everyone says is so scary, I have a fear of heights and did not find this section even remotely scary. Even if you fell off you would not fall off the mountain, so if that is something you are concerned about, don't be. Once you are on top there is plenty of space to sit and have lunch, etc. You can even walk over to another mountain. Views are beautiful to say the least. I tried with no success to find the summit marker. If anyone has seen it, I'd like to know where. LOL!

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful display of flowers especially after the third creek crossing

hiking
23 days ago

Nice easy hike for a 14’r. I’ve done 13 and this was the easiest so far. The reason being is the approach is really short and the vertical climb isn’t that long either . If you are used to hiking at altitude it’s a 2.5 to 3 hr hike depending upon how large my you sit at top. It’s worth the hike as views are good and a little different than you see to the north 14’rs. A lot of mining equipment still around which is cool . Another advantage of this hike is there is plenty of hiking to do on either the left or right of Sherman as you look up. You’ll see the paths . I made it a 5 hr hike by hiking over to mt on right of Sherman and then hiking down that mt. Would not recommend without poles as it’s steep and loose rock.
Road in was good for a 14’r road. 2wd is fine .
It’s a pretty area and worth the drive to get to!

hiking
23 days ago

2nd time climbing this one, 1st time with our 7-year-old. We are older and didn’t think it was easy at all! Kids loved the snow and weather was great. So beautiful. ❤️ Sherman!

hiking
23 days ago

It was a great beginner 14er! While it was a little steep at times, mostly a gradual incline with a large summit. Took about 2 hours to summit and 1:15 to descend. May not be the most picturesque 14er, but the views are still amazing and will definitely climb again!

Had a great hike yesterday - sunny, windy at times and on the cooler side. This would be a great starter hike for the less-experienced. Interesting mine ruins and fantastic views. A fun stretch of ridge on top leads to a broad and flattish final stroll to the top. You won’t regret this super hike!

Loved this hike. Absolutely beautiful and not too strenuous. You do have to cross a few streams so keep that in mind if you don’t have great balance to hop across rocks, or just be okay getting your feet wet. No bikes once you hit the trailhead so that’s a bonus as well. Definitely park and walk up the road. We saw a couple raised vehicles make it through the stream but don’t risk it unless you know what you’re doing. The road is a climb but it’s a pretty walk and less than a mile I’d say. The trail wasn’t too busy- more people coming back vs going up- so get an early start and you’ll feel like you have this trail all to yourself. Most dogs we ran into were off leash.

hiking
24 days ago

A gorgeous hike filled with wildflowers and views.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty easy 14er. From the gate to the summit is 2.45 miles. It took us 2 hours and 50 minutes round trip but we stopped at the top for about 15-20 minutes. It was pretty windy in the saddle. The road to the trailhead is rough! Don’t bring your Cadillac.

hiking
24 days ago

We made it to the trailhead in our rented minivan without any trouble, though we took it slow and easy. Three dads and four youngsters, ages 11 to 14, made the climb without any difficulty. We’re all from the East Coast and handled the elevation by stopping about every 100 feet of vertical climb. We began our hike at 9:30am last Thursday morning and reached the summit at noon. The summit is pretty flat and our weather was outstanding, so we hung out at the top for a while. The hike back down took about 1h15. We could have applied more sunscreen, but otherwise the trip was perfect.

hiking
25 days ago

The road is actually not very rough compared with Mt Democrat. Any pickup or SUV can make it to the 12000 gate easily and there is room for an easy turn around at the gate. Beautiful views and the easiest 14er I’ve done so far. Some smoke in the air from wildfires at the start this AM. Clear up top. Fireweed, Indian paintbrush, asters and other composite flowers abound. Could not find the bench mark. Anyone seen it?

hiking
25 days ago

Easy and short for a 14er, would be a good intro peak for someone new. Good view at the top. Road up to the trailhead is rocky and rough, but plenty of 2WD vehicles made the trip.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful views—I imagine it’s even more beautiful in the fall. Lots of horses on the trail.

Short hike to the falls. You can park on the main road and there are two additional small lots closer to the trailhead. The hike is short enough we found it easier just to park in the main lot and hike up. The hike to the falls is pretty rocky. More climbing then I expected given the reviews. For anyone used to hiking this won’t phase you, but if you’re not a hiker just know you will get a little out of breathe. We saw several people taking breaks. I would defiantly recommend continuing on towards the lake as we found this part of the trail much better. Less people, less rocky, and beautiful views. We turned around at the river crossing which was maybe a mile or so past the falls. Our dogs don’t handle heat that well so unfortunately we couldn’t push on to the lake. I should mention it was pretty buggy. Lots of flies, some biting, which didn’t bother us as much as the dogs.

hiking
27 days ago

Took my dogs, very pretty, fairly easy trail. Falls was beautiful. Trail has everything, great photos of wildflowers, mountains cross the way. Nice restroom at head of trail.

hiking
27 days ago

Easy for a 14er. Ridge near the top is a little dicey but easily doable with minimal skill. Great panoramic views at the top. Road to the trailhead is one of the worst I’ve ever driven - you really need high clearance, tons of potholes and rocks.

Great trail to become acclimated as it is short. Saw a family trying to hike this in flip flops and that is not smart . The trail is rocky but the waterfall view is spectacular.

So windy holy cow! Be careful I heard it’s like this all the time.

hiking
29 days ago

Rustler’s Gulch was an incredible hike! The views were fantastic and the wildflowers were beautiful. It’s a steep hike up to the trailhead because of the flooded 4 wheel drive road, but well worth the hike.

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