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hiking
7 days ago

2nd time I finally found the right trail! turn left at the 2nd turn off past the leavick parking lot. we parked where the road forked and hiked. about .75 miles into the hike you'll see Horseshoe. Just follow the road/trail. Lots of cool mining relics on the way. The lakes below look really pretty and coming back down we did see a Jeep but that was pretty much the 1st person my friend and I saw the entire hike. At the saddle between peerless and horseshoe the views are amazing and we climbed higher I'm not sure we made the "summit" but we we're well over 13,000ft and content. I would recommend it for how quiet it is compared to seeing the tons of cars/people headed to Sherman

It is a beautiful hike but there are too many Jeeps on the trail. Colorado has plenty of single track trails. This trail is best left to Jeeps

hiking
12 days ago

An overall great hike. The views are absolutely incredible all around. We started about 11AM and finished a little before 3PM, taking our time. Lots of big 4x4's on the trail but easy to navigate around.

hiking
12 days ago

This hike should be listed as hard. I’m a beginner to moderate hiker, and was excited for the challenge, but this hike was much more challenging and colder than expected. My GPS may have been off, but it said I hiked 6.5 miles, and I stopped at Cameron. Multiple parts on the trail heading up to Cameron where a misstep or trip could send you down a rocky cliff. It was hard to find the trail a few times when the trail was exclusively rocks. Views are decent from the top, but we didn’t stay long because it was so cold and windy. Perhaps I was struggling with oxygen/altitude issues as well. This hike is for more experienced hikers.

Due to the recent fire, the road leading to the trail is currently closed.

hiking
18 days ago

See photo for tail head!!!! The trailhead is a bit tricky. Cross the road and start up on the dirt road. The trail head isn’t marked and hidden by the trees. If you don’t take this way, the road curves to the left and you’ll eventually find yourself on the backside making your own trail. Otherwise....it’s nice! Once you get to the top you’ll want to keep going!!

This is my first 14er. We took a loop to hike Mt.Cameron, Mt.Lincoln and Mt.Bross. Total hike time 6-7hrs and hike distance 10 miles. Parked our car at Kite Lake.$3 for a parking and its better to reach there before 7AM. Really challenging hike but worth it.

trail running
25 days ago

one of my favorite trail runs near FairPlay Colorado.

Definitely a rough road up and difficult hike but I like a challenge and the views were beautiful :)
Dress in layers, can be windy

hiking
25 days ago

great views when you're towards the top, but the trail is confusing.

Be ready for the cold and wind. Great climb!

hiking
27 days ago

An absolutely beautiful hike! The last mile or so was a bit tricky, just take your time and watch your step and you'll be just fine! And believe me, once you get to the top you'll completely forget what it took to get up there. I can't wait to do it again!

My favorite hike! It even beats the fourteeners I've done.

on Wheeler Lake

hiking
1 month ago

I have been off-roading and hiking on this trail and have enjoyed it very much. The trail is challenging, especially if you are hiking-watch you footing with all of those rocks!

scenic driving
1 month ago

even though this is a road i would rate it moderate, just based on how rough the rocks are in the road on one side of the pass.

if you go up the leadville side its a nice and windy dirt road with great views and some neat camping spots.

however... once you approach the top and on the east section after the pass its a rocky road from hell. i was aired down to 18lbs on 33's and it was still miserable. unavoidable softball sized rocks jutting out of the road everywhere and the occasional sneaky series of potholes and washboards. just the perfect amount of bumpy to force you to go slow on what would otherwise be a 10/15 mph road.

hiking
1 month ago

Wheeler Lake is a great hike for the morning. Start early as Trailhead parking is unpredictable (there’s not a parking lot, just various intersecting roads you can park on the edge). There’s also no Trailhead sign but it’s correctly marked on AllTrails. There’s very little tree coverage and shade on the trail so I recommend sunscreen and a hat. There’s plenty of running water and streams throughout the hike and up to the lake which is great for canine companions. Keep an eye out for vehicles (we didn’t encounter any on our way up but we started at 8am). The lake had tons of wild flowers around it and a rushing waterfall from an upper lake. We sat up there and enjoyed the views and a snack. Keep an eye out for the many marmots near the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Took us about 4 hours round trip. The trail is steep - it is pretty much park, cross the stream, and climb the mountain. The views at the top are very good, not great. We only did Bross, did not do the loop.

1 month ago

Did this hike today. Gorgeous views and worth it to get to the top. Incline to the lake is demanding with loose gravel and rocks but so beautiful at the top.

There is a lot of confusion about the trails up Mount Sherman. This one says its from the Fairplay side, but the link for directions takes you to the Leadville side. The Fairplay side is more moderate than the Leadville side. Many of the complaints I've read are likely due to this confusion. The Leadville side is difficult as you negotiate Rock and Scree from near the very start.

A beautiful hike with awesome views. We spent a good chunk of time at the top just taking in the beauty of the lake and the incredible wild flowers. My husband and I are in decent shape, in our late 20s to early 30s and it took us a total of 3.5 hours. One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen and a very gratifying hike. Will do again one day.

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice little trail! You’re next to the stream most of the time, which is great. Some really nice open sections with beautiful wildflowers and sagebrush.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the stream crossing marked with an orange flag. We missed it, as did the hikers right behind us. No big deal, but if you feel like you suddenly lost the trail in the forest about a mile in, you probably missed the log ‘bridge’ to the other side of the stream.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely hike with meadows, a large variety of wildflowers, & majestic views. Easy to miss the official loop off to the north, but followed an off trail to some peaceful meadows. Made for a truly enjoyable day!

Nice, easy little trail with minimal elevation gain. Most of it is under shade but the section in the middle is exposed rock. Trail loops around at Horseshoe campground which is a great place to eat lunch and relax.

Everyone needs to know this: hiking trail is NOT accessible via Crest Drive (off of Roberts Road). This is all private property& homeowners do NOT want you parking up here. These 14’ers (Democrat, Lincoln, Bross) are ONLY accessible via Kite Lake - about 5 miles west of Alma on Buckskin Rd. Homeowners WILL have your vehicle towed if you start your hike from Roberts/Quartzville/Crest Drive.

Beautiful! My fiancé and our 3 children hiked to the ridge line at about 13,200 in the early afternoon and turned around...the hike is wonderfully scenic, without a ton of traffic.

Love going up sherman/Sheridan from Iowa Gulch. Gorgeous wildflowers for the first 1/2 mile or so and if you're early enough the first hour, hour and half the trail will be yours and yours alone.
Did Sheridan today, the peak was mine and .mine alone - amazing!! Then helped new friend Tamara and Ollie the dog get un-stuck, amazing hike and a good deed. Day couldn't have been better!

hiking
2 months ago

Family of four completed this today and had a great time. Gentle hike until the last 3/4 mile. Awesome views all the way. Crazy to see the 4x4's traversing some of the obstacles. Would definately do this hike again.

walking
2 months ago

Very nice easy trail with some moderate climbs. When you get to the tower at the end of the main trail, to go up to the ridge you cross the meadow. Definitely worth the climb; spectacular views

off road driving
2 months ago

Does anyone know of you can camp at or around the lake?

late to post but completed this hike June 10th. Would have to agree with post from Pat. Hard trail, insane high winds, beautiful views. Most if not all hikers take the other route and if I was to repeat I would probably do the other trail to summit Sherman but was thankful for a great hike and beautiful views!

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