Views · Wildflowers
A great out and back up a 14er, from a less popular trailhead.
Need to Know
There is a small parking area at the trailhead. if it is full, there are pull-off area close by. There are no fees to park. There are also no facilities available.
This run starts in a green meadow with many wildflowers and a small stream. Leaving the meadow begins an ascent through a very rocky area with various cairns to guide the way. The trail becomes less rocky and more defined as you work your way around the mountain and run toward the saddle. Part of this area is somewhat steep with loose gravel. Part of this section is comprised of switchbacks that make the trail less steep and fairly easy to run.
As you continue to the saddle the wind will most likely be blowing. On the top of the saddle you'll probably join runners climbing from the Fairplay side of the mountain. If you are looking for solitude, Mount Sherman would not be the ideal choice. Being considered one of Colorado's easiest fourteeners, there can be quite a few people on the mountain during the summer.
Once at the saddle, you are about half way to the summit. From the saddle to the summit, the trail is well defined and fairly steep with many rocks and some loose footing. There is some exposure that some may find a little frightening. We saw several children (pre-teen) coming down this section crying and upset. There are two or three false summits where you may think you are at the top only to find there is more climbing to do. Once at the summit, there is a beautiful 360 degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Follow the same trail back. Watch your footing, but enjoy the beautiful views on the descent.
Flora & Fauna
Many wildflowers in the meadow at the beginning of the run. There are Marmots in the area posing on the large rocks.
Shared By: Gary Smith