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Mount Sherman Trail via Four Mile Creek Road

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Pike National Forest

Mount Sherman Trail via Four Mile Creek Road is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leadville, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 2,027 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

Historic site

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Getting There

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT attempt to climb the cornice blocking the trail. It’s safest to hike around it to avoid getting seriously injured. As you approach the large abandoned mine, stay climber’s right and then traverse left across the more mild snowfield to gain the ridge.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

A fair amount of loose rock, so watch your step.

Please note: roads leading to trailhead may seasonally close. Please research prior to your visit. Directions from Fairplay: From Fairplay, drive south on U.S. 285 one mile to the Fourmile Creek national forest access road. Turn right (west) and drive eleven miles to Leavick. This is a good place to leave two-wheel drive cars. At Leavick, a jeep road continues west-northwest to the Dauntless Mine. This road takes hikers to the Fourmile Creek Trailhead. Climb west to the low point of the Sherman-Sheridan saddle and then northeast up the southwest ridge.

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Jill Hatch
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I started at 1 pm and it was awesome!!! I started really late so there was a ton of available parking, but there wasn’t a parking lot but a good amounts of space on pullouts. This trail was super easy to follow, and the elevation was pretty mild the whole time. The abandoned mines scattered throughout the trail was one of the coolest things I’ve seen on a trail. I absolutely will be back here again

Allen Harris
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HikingGreat!

This was my 2nd 14er. It’s not terribly difficult but it is strenuous. It was very windy in the upper portion. I started at 6:30am and it wasn’t too crowded but on the descent I passed a lot of people coming up. I was up and down in just over 3 hours. I’d advise getting there early to insure a decent parking spot and less traffic on the trail.

Cassie P.
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This trail was awesome! Great trail for a first fourteener. Views were outstanding at the top. We did have to fight some very strong wind towards the top of the trail on the ridge of the mountain, but we were able to find a way to get out of the wind on the summit. Fought the same wind on the way back down and actually got stuck in a little ice storm, but that cleared up fairly quickly. Glad we all brought warm clothes though! Trail was pretty steady uphill the whole way. Highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for great views or anyone who wants to hike their first fourteener. It was also nice that the trail wasn’t quite as populated as others. Hiked on a Wednesday, got to the trailhead a little after 6am and there were about 6 cars in the lot. We saw more people on the way down, but compared to other trails in the area, this trail was not as crowded.

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Tori Burke
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This was my third 14er and definitely the least difficult so far (although still no walk in the park). This would be a great first 14er due to how short it is. It can be quite windy for portions of the trail. Overall not an overly difficult climb until the last mile. There are a few false summits so prepare for that. Not overly crowded like the others I’ve been on. Great experience!

Danny Wilson
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HikingGreat!

Great 14er for people who are new to them. Very doable pretty easy hike to be honest. Great views at the top.

Alex Tretter
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lots of doggie bags full of shit left on the side of the trail. Why are some of you people who bring your dogs so inconsiderate to others and so selfish? loved the trail besides that!

Erica Baddley
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My first 14er today!!! Was seriously such a beautiful day to hike it too. Weather was perfect throughout the hike and up top! But don’t forget sunscreen! Got there around 6:45 and there was plenty of parking. It’s a leg workout for sure but will definitely recommend it to beginners! The challenges were fun, we totally missed the rock arrows but still a great hike! The rocky road leading up to the trail is a doozy, not sure how cars do it without 4WD!

Elizabeth Davis
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My first 14er! Others say it’s easy - it definitely took me for a ride! Such a great trail, for sure had frightening moments with loose rock but it was so worth it to summit. I recommend poles for the last bit for sure.

Hayley Burke
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Well trafficked trail, easy to follow and see the top where you’re going. Very rocky, a great beginner 14er. 5.4 miles

Cybill Eileen
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Rocky and dirty road to get to the head trail. A 4WD/AWD will be more secure for the last mile going up to the head trail. I suggest to download the map because there are so many forks that might take you to the wrong way. Will suggest poles for the last mile. Pretty narrow and rocky ridge to get to the top.

Cody Li
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Although this is one of the easiest 14ers, it is not as busy as most others. I went on a Friday and only saw about ten cars in the lot. The hike was pretty easy and straightforward, except there's a fork in the road towards the beginning that easily could've taken you the wrong way. Luckily someone made an arrow with rocks pointing the right direction. The correct way is to take a right, but going straight would've only been a slight detour as eventually it reconnects to the main trail.

Scott Vanderpoel
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1st 14er and I'd have to assume it is the easiest aside from driving up Pikes or Evans. Arrived at 715am on a Saturday and had to park further back, adding another half mile one way. Back to the car 3 hrs later, including a nice break at the summit. You don't have to wake up super early for this one since it is shorter. In fact, if you're coming from Denver you can sleep in and snag a good parking spot from one of the sunrise summitters leaving.

Dayna Johnson
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Beautiful views! windy up on the ridge- make sure to bring appropriate warm gear... get there early and be careful of the mud on the road: a truck got stuck this morning!

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Lindsay Sumner
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This was our 1st 14er and I think it was a good one! The views were gorgeous at the top and it wasn’t too difficult to find the trail (especially because there were so many people doing it). The road to get to the trailhead is definitely a little rough and I’d recommend AWD/4WD & decent ground clearance... otherwise you’ll have to hike quite a bit further. There were quite a few people camping along the road which you could easily do. We started around 8 am and finished by about noon... which for the weather that day, was plenty early enough!

Blake Presley
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Hiking

8-1-20 Found a men’s wedding band in the parking lot. Great hike for my first 14er. Email me or let me know a better place to post at bpresl00 at gmail. If you can describe the ring I’ll mail it.

Claire Heskett
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Did this as my first 14er, and I think it’s a good one to start with. Great view at the top, and there’s a fun mix of terrain, starting out grassy and very green, and eventually becoming very rocky and a bit technical (though super fun). Highly recommend!

Kelly Kramarik
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Hiking

Great hike - our pups first 14er! I will say I wouldn’t classify this hike as an “easy 14er”. The entire hike outside of the bottom leg is all on loose gravel and rock. Footing is tough and extremely steep for the majority of the hike which takes a toll on your energy pretty quickly. The views were great and yes it’s not a long one but it’s definitely a killer!

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Nabin Patriots
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Brandy Cichocki
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So this was my first 14er and I’m glad it was! Went on a Saturday morning - trail head was PACKED at 6:30 am when I arrived. So make sure you go early!! Or don’t go on a weekend. For those wanting to do a 14er - I highly recommend it. Bring poles, as there is a significant portion of the trail with large loose rocks (but they are sturdy and just wobble - didn’t feel like I was going to tumble down and the poles helped with balance). Views of Leadville and Fairplay at the top - super busy, but I really enjoyed the hike!

Erica Cook
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Giving it 4 stars because it was short and I had great weather! I ended up going off trail by accident. When you reach the first fork, go right, not left. The trail is exposed all the way up, so you must either be comfortable going to the bathroom in public or make sure to go down by your car (just don’t go near & contaminate the streams!). Also, the road to get to Mt. Sherman is pretty rough. Views at the top were pretty!

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Bodhi Governson
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HikingRocky

Very easy hike. Lots of people on the way down.

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Alon Bajayo
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HikingGreat!

3rd 14er, and definitely the easiest one (did Bierstat and Torrey's). If going on weekend arrive early - at 6 am the upper lot was almost full. There were tens of cars behind us, and I guess by 6:30 you added half a mile to your climb. Also, the 10 mile access road is rough. A standard SUV will do fine (drive slow and careful), but smaller cars will struggle (though we saw some of these). The hike is short, which makes the grade high, but barebale. the last half mile is scrambling rocks, but not as bad as others. When you reach the first for, after about a mile or less, take a right! There is a high arrow on the floor directing you. We took left and the road ends, and you have to cut through rocks back to trail. Not so difficult, but less easy

Alicia Koehler
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It was a beautiful hike, but definitely not the prettiest 14er it’s not as impressive as any of the others I’ve been on. I give it a 3 as a 14er but would be a 5 if it were just another hike. I would say it’s a great first 14er because it’s the easiest one I’ve been on and it’s very short. It’s fun to take your time and look at all the abandoned mines!!

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Kiley Ob
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Very chill 14er. It has some nice features, like the vestigial mining stuff scattered around for the first mile or so. Then, when the weather is right, there is the slide!!!! So much fun. Did this sometime in June, but don't know if it's viable all summer. Highly recommend hitting this trail, if just for that.

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