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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!

walking
5 days 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

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!

hiking
9 days ago

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.

hiking
10 days ago

This hike was simply the best hike we did all week. The view is STUNNING! A 360 degree view of gorgeous mountains as well as valley views of Leadville and Fairplay. Had the whole mountain to ourselves on a weekday, which was a nice reward for driving 11 miles down a bumpy gravel road in a rental car that didn’t handle the bumps well. Trail was not difficult to traverse for the most part. Well worth the effort.

hiking
15 days ago

Went last week, 6/26, very nice as you start up with beautiful wild flowers this time of year! It was VERY windy up along the ridge but gorgeous views. Definitely will do again, hopefully without 50 mph gusts!!

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
16 days ago

We looped Horseshoe in with our hike of Mt. Sherman, Sheridan, and Peerless Mountain, and I'm glad we did. Good place to watch the line of ants summiting Sherman!

hiking
18 days ago

My wife and I did this hike yesterday, 6,28,18. We did Democrat a few weeks back and wanted to do Lincoln from the trail posted below, but when we arrived at that location to scope it out a few weeks back, it was posted as private, no trespassing, and you'd be towed if you parked there!! So we went back to the Kite Lake trail head. The mileages on the map to the right don't agree with my Garmin though. Here's what I recorded. From the parking lot to the first saddle between Democrat and Cameron is 1.4. From there to Cameron is just under a mile. And from Cameron to Lincoln is just over a half mile for a total of 2.85 one way. Some steep stretches going up Cameron, and then the top is almost level. The trail goes right over the top so you summit this one whether you want to or not on your way to Lincoln. We opted not to do the Bross segment and just went back down the way we came. Most everyone was going back the Bross way though, and a few told us back at the parking lot what we had read about how steep and nasty the descent is on Bross. Steep enough the other way. For us anyway. Great views as you'd expect, and we had a really clear day with little to no wind thankfully. We encountered some gusts on the way down Cameron to the first saddle, but that was it. Popular trails, lots of people!! We took one of the last parking places when we arrived just after 7 on a Thursday. Most of the snow that was present when we were there 3 weeks ago was now melted too.

on Horseshoe Mountain

23 days ago

Beautiful views. Unfortunately didn’t get to drive to the end of the road, two snow drifts were blocking the road at the first bend. Will definitely return later in the year.

hiking
25 days ago

My recording only started from the top where we turned around, so double the distance to get total mileage. The hike was amazing. Short and quick, you can go up as far as you’d like. The further you go, the better the view of the mountain range that includes Quandary. Amazing panoramic views from up near top of the ridge. Definitely recommend it if looking for a shorter hike with great picture opportunities.

hiking
27 days ago

Have hiked this many times with out of town guests and limited time. The variety is what makes this trail special. A pretty water crossing, the amazing gnarly and ancient Limber Pines, the large rocks in the grove to climb on and the serene trail through the woods. For an extra you can scramble up the scree by the grove towards the top of Sheep Mountain. Many times we park at the upper trailhead and only go as far as the grove and back. If you do the whole trail we either park a car at both ends or double back the way we came, otherwise you share a very dusty road with vehicles getting back to your car. Great trail for kids.

So 4 stars instead of 5. I'll get to that. We just completed this trek, 6/13/18. I have read a few reviews for this elsewhere, that say this is such an easy hike. Don't totally agree with that. It was similar to the Mt. Democrat hike we just did in terms of low miles, and not a lot of elevation gain to claim a 14er. But I think Democrat was easier. So let's begin. This trail starts in the Iowa Gulch on the Leadville side of Sherman. It drops down to the creek and there are a few crossings to make that were easy. Then some mud to navigate. Then promptly starts climbing up the talus field. There were a few snow drifts to go across too, and they were still frozen at 9 a.m. That was a little unnerving, and one of them we completely went around on more talus, lest we risk sliding out of control and ending the hike right there. Then this trail just keeps climbing up and up. Probably a good time to mention that Colorado trail builders apparently don't believe in switch backs. And you don't encounter any until right below the saddle between Sherman and Sheridan. And the constant thought of what it was going to be like to go down, kept you busy. Once at the saddle, you bear left and head up more non switch back climbing. One thing I have not heard anyone mention about this stretch, is that once you are above the saddle about 2/10 or so, the trail now follows a fairly narrow ridge line. Not knife edge, but close. And now the reason for 4 stars. We did have a stellar blue bird day. The trail, steep as it is, is easy enough to find the whole way. What we didn't expect was the horrific winds that ensued along that ridge line section, until we got above the false summit, and then the rest of the way to the summit is almost flat and the winds settled down. It was crazy windy. Like probably 40-50 mile an hour sustained winds. No let up. Not fun. Once at the top we sat for about 20 minutes in low to no winds? That was weird, but much appreciated after that blast we just got. It took us 3 hours to summit, and my Garmin said 2.4. Now for the return trip back down. I warned my fellow hiking cronies that we will probably encounter those winds again at that spot, for whatever reason. Well, that was an understatement. As they were now so bad I would venture to guess they were closer to 70-75 miles an hour, steady!!!. It was the worst mother nature encounter I have EVER had. I had the chin strap cinched so tight on my hat, it was cutting off the blood flow, and yet the wind was doing it's best to rip my hat from my head and deposit it in Fairplay. At one point I had to hold onto my wife as I didn't think she was going to manage the last 50' or so to where we had a small area that was blocked. Unfortunately, it only let up slightly the whole way down. Wind burned?? Bad. I know that there is usually windy conditions at high elevations, but this was another story. All that aside, the views on top are great, and the rating of hard or difficult above is accurate. Not to discourage anyone, we just had a bad encounter today. One I will not soon like to repeat!!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice easy, short hike. You could go much further up the Hoosier Ridge than we did if you wanted to. Park at Hoosier Pass and cross the highway heading east up what appears to be an old service road. It does wind up ending at some communication towers of some kind. Just after the first set of towers, we broke off the road and started going cross country up towards another type of relay tower that looks like a small billboard. Then we just kept walking until we had an unobstructed view to the west. The view is awesome for hiking such a short distance. In my opinion, this is best hiked in the morning thru afternoon for photo opps. You have Quandary, North Star, Lincoln, Bross and clear down to Mt. Sherman in full view, along with lots of other 13er's. The walking cross country above tree line is super nice and easy. Then just pick a route back down to the road and head back to the pass. Just avoid the low growing willow shrubs, as they are a pain to walk thru. So only a couple miles or so, but you could morph this into a much longer day hike. Beautiful up here!! After spending several days hiking on the west side of the pass, it was nice to hike up to this open space and have a look back. Looking for an easy one with an unreal view and don't have a lot of time, this is it!!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Start of trail was still blocked by a snow bank so had to hike up. Awesome views, didn't see a single person.

Great trail, interesting terrain and loved the ancient tree grove. Of note, the trailhead is easy to find but the final 6.5 miles driving in/out is all dirt/gravel road. As far as dogs go, just know the middle section of the trail is all rock and could be really difficult for some dogs, especially in hot weather. All in all we really enjoyed the trail and the views.

This isn’t a hike for those looking to find epic views. Beautiful meadows, mountain creeks, diverse terrain- woods, meadows, rock formations. Packed in and camped two nights. Enjoyed the solitude.

Great hike by stream.

Awesome trail and limber and bristlecone pine trees.

14er views without the crowd!!

backpacking
1 month ago

Not the most spectacular views, but an awesome hike overall! I used this as a good first backpack of the season. There was water along most of the hike and there were some ups and downs, but nothing too crazy. The first and last 3rd of the hike was shrouded in trees and the in between is spent mostly in an exposed valley. I was perfectly happy with my decision to take the loop counterclockwise, but I was more out there to get some exercise and fresh air. I also had two dogs with me and they had a great time, it’s a great space for dogs.

on Limber Grove Trail

hiking
6 months ago

We went this last weekend on 1/5/18 and though it was windy, beautiful day. It was a great hike, cool trees and big rocks.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked on Sunday, October 29th. This was an incredibly difficult hike for me. I've only been in Colorado for 3 weeks and I'm definitely not used to the altitude yet. Looking at the weather forecast I had to hike it now or not at all so I decided to go for it.

Getting there is easy in that there is one road in (from Fairplay) but my goodness the road is horrendous. It is much worse when your suspension is already shot but yeah, give yourself ample time to get to the trailhead as the road is pretty rough.

The climb was steady and tough for me. It was my first 14er and I wanted to give up several times. There are about 2 or 3 false summits that are discouraging but I knew it was something I had to complete.

I was slow going and don't know how long it took me to get up there but if it is your first time, give yourself about 5 hours to be on the safe side. It is possible to finish it quickly (one guy came in late and booked it the whole way - probably in 3 hours) though. The views at the top are phenomenal. There was snow in multiple places but I never felt like I needed crampons or any other equipment to summit. There were a few spots where the wind was just absolutely insane, enough to physically shift me. My dog made it to the top with me and overall it was a great day!

Did this 10/28. Snow and ice patches here and there. Brought microspikes that helped a bunch !! We were the first to go up and difficult to identify the trail even on the way down. Nice view and minor rock scramble at the top. Last few feet at the top was mostly flat which was a plus! Watch out for the saddle wind !

hiking
8 months ago

Wasn't hard at all, took my dog with me definitely leash. It was so beautiful I loved the entrance to the hike with the logs and water.

hiking
8 months ago

Very pretty with the snow

hiking
9 months ago

I listened to the advice and went counter clockwise on 9/30/17. It was the tail end of aspen season and the landscape was pretty boring for 10 miles. We were very disappointed in the hike. At 10 miles we hit “the view” which was 2 miles from the trailhead and only looking back. I recommend just going left from the Rich Creek Trailhead and walking out 3 miles so you get to stare at the pretty view the whole time and turning this into a nice 6 mile hike. It has TONS of aspens so go during high season here to avoid the Kenosha crowd.

The trail has a beautiful setting going in and out of aspen groves.
The only issue is to get to the trailhead you have to go up half mile of a very steep and rutted dirt road. You need a 4x4 or just walk it.

hiking
9 months ago

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