I went with a group of friends, some of whom had no 14er experience, and this was a great starter. The lingering cornice necessitated a detour up the gully on the SE face of the summit ridge. It was a steep detour, but deposited us on the ridge with only 0.3 miles left to climb to the relatively flat summit approach. 2 long glissades made the decent a breeze and were an exclamation point on an already great day.

hiking
snow
9 days ago

Easy to follow trail. This is the beginning of Mount Sherman and the Dauntless mines.

Gemini is a really good addition to doing Mt. Sherman. It's a pleasant stroll from Sherman and adds 1 to 2 hours to the round trip hike (depending up speed an season). You can clearly see the twin peaks of Gemini from Sherman and there's no need to follow a trail. Just stay on the ridge and go Gemini. The snow today slowed us a bit but allowed us to do it in 1 hour 40 minutes (RT from Sherman Summit) with a brief stop to eat.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
11 days ago

Gemini is a really good addition to doing Mt. Sherman. It's a pleasant stroll from Sherman and adds 1 to 2 hours to the round trip hike (depending up speed an season). The snow today slowed us a bit but allowed us to do it in 1 hour 40 minutes (RT from Sherman Summit) with a brief stop to eat. Sheridan was slow going in the snow today and cost over an extra two hours from the summit ridge.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, still packed with snow. Hiking boots were fine, but snowshoes would have been better. We only went as far as Leavick, had a picnic with an incredible view. Definitely plan to return and make the rest of the trek.

Mount Sherman is absolutely breathtaking this time of year. We parked 3 miles from the trailhead due to snow, which is totally worth it.

hiking
closed
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
7 months ago

Want to climb all the 14ers? Sure, go hike Sherman. Otherwise, go find a less crowded peak with better scenery.

hiking
over grown
scramble
8 months ago

The trail is all but nonexistent. Poorly marked and much of it goes through Willow Shrubs with no trail cut. You must have long pants and long sleeves or you will be cut to shreds. Other than that, the views are fantastic. Only saw one other person on the “Route”.

hiking
bugs
washed out
9 months ago

Trust in the map. It is accurate and will get you there. An easy and relatively flat trail with a rewarding creek at the end. We parked at the Continental Divide sign and crossed the road to start the trail. There is a trail that’s marked and looks like a dirt road—that’s not the trail to cornice creek. Stay to the left on what looks like a drainage ditch and the trail will emerge. In some areas it’s not very clear where the trail is—but the map is correct. One part was totally washed out. We only saw a few other people on this trail. You know you’re at the end when you come upon a pretty little creek. Lots of wildflowers. There is a sign high up on a tree that says Cornice Creek.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
9 months ago

The Gemini leg of this hike is very difficult. I could find no established trail and the natural trail surface is very diverse ranging from beautiful tundra carpet like vegetation with great wildflowers to very difficult and moving scree of various sizes. Also, as I was scrambling up the final ascent amidst large boulders, I became aware of old, old underground mining structures that had partially caved in with rocks in and around the shaft or addit . Rocks were moving and I immediately got away from it. If you take this route, please use caution. Also... it was very windy...some hikers estimated winds in the 18- 45 mph range. Overall an exhausting day but with great outdoor!!!

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

8/4/19 This trail is essentially the beginning of the 14er Mount Sherman, the first mile or so. So know that it shares a parking area that can get very full. It’s a very busy mountain, lots of people! The road to get to the TH is brutal. We made it in our Mazda 3 rental, but it was tough. Recommend AWD vehicle. Lots of families and youngsters around. Seems like a great area family outing. The snow on this area of the trail is mostly melted off but there are still some areas of snow higher on the path to Mount Sherman. Beautiful area, snow melt streams, small lake, wild flowers. We saw some mountain goats when we got to the area before the ridge hike.

hiking
10 months ago

great hike, hit lots of wind patches and great snow field to glassade down.

Fire block has been lifted at trailhead. Updated map posting at trailhead shows barred areas. Some flooding at N Fork crossing. Were able to jump across about 150' N of crossing. You could walk through at crossing if you removed your boots. This trail offers forest, meadows, vistas, and heights. Couple areas get your blood moving, but overall pretty chill/steady. Recommend starting earlier in day. Trees in forest aren't the type to offer much shade to the trail by mid-day. We started 730, took a couple nice breaks and lunch, and wrapped by before 1330.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful vistas, lots of the old mining ruins and equipment to explore. Mostly rocky path, only a few steep sections with loose rock. Sections of snow were deep, ended up to my knees once but mostly easy enough to traverse in hiking boots. Not sure about getting to the old hilltop mine without poles and at least crampons. We got most of the way there, then a few of our group got partway to the mine and slid down :)

hiking
Fri Sep 07 2018

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

hiking
Sun Sep 02 2018

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!!

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.

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

So nice to climb a peak on a Saturday, see three other people the entire day, and have the summit to yourself.. while no definitive trail, the route is mostly visible and instinctual.. far better than the crowds and traffic in and out of nearby 14ers.

Made it to just over 13,000 feet. The winds were about 40 mph, so had to turn back. Would love to try to make it to summit when winds aren’t so rough.

hiking
Sun Jun 10 2018

Just a side note to agree with the other posts that say this is NOT the trail head to Silverheels. Hence one star for this. I just did a nice walk along this side of the pass, and there is no trail that breaks off in the direction of Silverheels. Anyone walking this way to get to Silverheels, is going cross country. If this is a route, that someone has done, then they need to chime in about it. I will write a separate post about where I went today.

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