Mount Sherman (Fourteener)
Mount Sherman, in the middle of the north to south-trending Mosquito Range, is a rounded 14,036 foot high peak. This mountain, usually considered one of the easiest of Colorado's 54 Fourteeners, is an excellent climb for beginning mountaineers, but basic mountaineer rules still apply. The peak is named for the Union General William T. Sherman who, during the Civil War, practiced a scorched earth policy while marching to Atlanta in 1854.
Sherman, Colorado's 46th highest peak, is a fast hike for a reasonably fit person since it is possible to park as high as 12,000 feet, leaving only a couple thousand feet of elevation gain to the summit and a round-trip hike of just over five miles. Like all the Fourteeners though, Mount Sherman needs to be treated with respect. Thunderstorms brew over the Sawatch Range to the west and move in quickly. It always seems windy on Sherman's upper ridge and summit. It's necessary to get an early start, carry rain gear, and keep an eye on the weather for thunderstorms.
Keep in mind that this mountain is on a mining claim owned by the Day Mine Company in Leadville. This is located on private property and is not public land. Misuse of this trail could lead to closure. Please respect private property.
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Take U.S. Hwy 24 through downtown Leadville to the southern end of town. Turn east onto Monroe Street and drive 0.2 miles. Turn right (south) on Lake County 2 (Toledo Street). Follow CR2 onto a paved road for approximately 3,8 miles to a fork in the road. Turn left at a "rough road" sign, on a dirt road. Continue 3.0 miles up into Iowa Gulch to the Trailhead. The Trailhead is approximately 7 miles from U.S. 24 in Leadville and is unmarked. Park in front of the concrete blocks. The trail is through a black tailings pile up the side of the hill to a saddle. Sherman is on the left and Sheridan is right of the saddle.
Remember, this is on private land. Misuse of this trail could lead to closure. Please, respect private property.
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