Sherman-Sheridan from Iowa Gulch
ElevationAscent: 2,776' 846 m
Descent: -2,777' -846 m
High: 14,023' 4,274 m
Low: 11,933' 3,637 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 57% (30°)
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“A more difficult and longer route to Mount Sherman and Sheridan that avoids the crowds coming from Fourmile Creek.”— Zander Göpfert
The trail drops from the road as it heads through the bushes and wildflowers that cover the basin. This area is typically wet with small creeks and streams braiding down from the cliffs above. All crossings should have a means of getting across without much work or wet feet.
After a little over three-tenths of a mile, the trail rises above the vegetation and begins the long, rocky ascent to the saddle between Sheridan and Sherman. The trail crosses areas of larger rocks, hard-pack dirt, but mostly firm gravel. This is the longest sustained climb of the day so take your time to appreciate your lungs and heart.
Near the saddle, the trail makes a couple long switchbacks and then merges with the Mt. Sherman featured run from the southeast and the Mount Sheridan Route from the south.
Here, you'll be able to choose between the taller, longer, but flatter ascent of Mount Sherman or the shorter and steeper climb to the top of Mount Sheridan.
This route heads north to Mount Sherman first. Expect the crowds along this route as the label "one of the easiest 14ers" brings the masses. The ascent is nice, however, with some more exposed sections, all of which are wide enough for at least two people across. Remember to yield to folks heading up as much as the trail allows.
Back at the saddle, this route climbs steeply up the Mount Sheridan Route, attempting to follow the most worn switchbacks through the rocks and scree. At the top, follow the short saddle to the large cairn and windbreak for a snack and some rewarding views.
At this point, retrace your steps to the saddle and return to the Iowa Gulch Trailhead.
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