Mount Sherman

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Mt. Sherman is one of Colorado's easiest fourteeners to climb. It is the southernmost fourteener in the Mosquito Range. It is an easy hike to the top both from the east (from Leavick) or from the west (from Iowa Gulch.) There are many old abandoned mines on the slopes of Mt. Sherman, which is very typical of the Mosquito Range.

Elevation (feet): 14,036
Elevation (meters): 4,278
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Central Colorado Ranges
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.225
Longitude: -106.169
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Fairplay

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 46 trip reports for Mount Sherman.

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  • Log #21542 - by Paul Grossman on Dec 12, 2008
    Great climb. The road leading up to the start point was a bear. Better if we had a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The trails were well marked, and the views were fantastic.
  • Log #20875 - by Peter, Linda & Ben Alexander on July 12, 2007
    Easy, as 14ers go, and thoroughly fun. The jeep road is good all the way to the traihead, so don't be afraid to save yourself a couple of miles of hiking. The trail goes past several old mine sites....
  • Log #9863 - by Kirk Mallory on Sep 25, 2004
    Mt. Sherman was the first mountain I ever climbed, and I believe it is the easiest fourteener to climb. The route from Leavick takes you by several old mines to the saddle between Mt. Sheridan and...
  • Log #9819 - by Denise Canfield on Sep 22, 2004
    Couldn't have done it without my daughter and son-in-law. Thanks so much
  • Log #9820 - by Marc M on Sep 04, 2004
    Another beautiful day in Colorado for hiking. If you have AOL you can look at all my pictures in my Profile.
  • Log #9821 - by Dan Wiedrich on Aug 12, 2004
    I climbed this peak after climbing Democrat, Lincoln and Bross earlier in the day. I was practically the only one on the peak late in the day.
  • Log #9822 - by Karen on Aug 11, 2004
    This mountain is FULL of trails- heading in every which direction... my suggestion? Do as we did, ignore them, and create your own:-) Yeah, we decided to go straight vertically up the mountain on the...
  • Log #9823 - by Steve Moulding on July 09, 2004
    For a supposedly easy 14er this was brutal, mostly thanks to the weather. The summit ridge is narrow and the wind was vicious. There were really strong gusts. It hailed and it snowed, so even in July...
  • Log #9824 - by Deborah Fronsdahl on Jan 25, 2004
    My first calendar winter summit on a perfect, cloudless, windless day. The mines are photogenic, but probably not safe to explore too much, and the summit ridge was a lot more fun than what I...
  • Log #9825 - by Carly Rogers on Nov 27, 2003
    Nice winter climb. Skiied the descent. Good times.
  • Log #9826 - by Chris on Nov 06, 2003
    Mount Sherman has a reputation of being an easy mountain, a beginners 14er. A word to the wise, to the inexperienced, or those who want a challenge, winter. This was my third time on the mountain in...
  • Log #9827 - by Kara Diamond- Husmann on Oct 06, 2003
    This was not one of the prettiest peaks, but the views are spectacular. My husband was nice enough to do this climb again eventhough it is not a scenic hike. This was #29 for me. Happy Trails!
  • Log #9828 - by Oliver Davids on Oct 01, 2003
    The views from this peak were fantastic. Great climb on a perfect day.
  • Log #9829 - by Derrick on Aug 12, 2003
    Since Sherman is considered easy and short we decided to add a little fun to the trip by hiking it at night. We started at 10pm from Iowa Gulch and summitted at 12:40am. It shouldn't have taken that...
  • Log #9830 - by Timothy B Condon on June 08, 2003
    With the snow up there it was not quite as easy as everybody says. I am glad I summitted so I never have to do this mountain again.
  • Log #9831 - by jules on Nov 24, 2002
    i climbed this mountain when i was 12. with a bunch of 9 year olds. ha. i loved it to death though-it was so easy..and really gorgeous!! we climbed it on the 4th of july (before the forest fires) and...
  • Log #9832 - by Jeremy Rhoades on Nov 02, 2002
    Climbed the "cliffs of insanity" from Iowa Gulch. Didn't have good sunglasses and burned my eyes while eating lunch on the summit. the 1993 climb was following a great snow year. Skied down...
  • Log #9833 - by Doug Tilghman on Sep 20, 2002
    Everyone says this is easy, but it's still a 14er, the air is thin, and the wind roars across the ridge. (Dress warmly, even in summer.) A very fun climb up once you reach the ridge. Fantastic view...
  • Log #9834 - by Ryan Badtke on Sep 18, 2002
    That peak was so easy it felt like cheating.
  • Log #9835 - by Clint McKnight on Sep 03, 2002
    Sherman was a good climb! It had a couple of false peaks and the clouds started rolling in by mid-morning so I thought we would have to cut our summit short, but we made it. It was very windy at the...
  • Log #9836 - by Vaso Bjegovich on Sep 02, 2002
    This is a very easy hike. Although the winds at 13,800 on the ridge were unbelievable. Loved the summit. Short and sweet.
  • Log #9838 - by Darvon K Henry on June 04, 2002
    Sherman was the easiest 14er I've done yet. (1hr,20min)
  • Log #9839 - by Jeff Peacock on Mar 30, 2002
    Sherman is fairly easy (for a 14er) and a nice walk up from Leavick, but a bit too crowded for my taste. I havn't been up Iowa Gulch; maybe that route offers a little more solitude for a loner like...
  • Log #9840 - by Brian Washburn on Mar 10, 2002
    One of the best parts of this hike is the drive up the wonderfully rocky jeep road to the mountain. The mountain itself (the trail) was populated with many hikers, so I decided to hike straight up...
  • Log #9841 - by Tom & Becky Bird on Mar 09, 2002
    Came up the Four Mile Creek Road past the old Leavick townsite. Road was quite nice and very doable in our 4WD (even a 2WD would find no problem to Leavick). Past Leavick the road gets a little...
  • Log #9842 - by David A. James on Oct 01, 2001
    It was one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. There Was very little snow, and it was a crystal clear day. The Climb was easy even for a lowlander. I drove my 4wd to the hilltop mine and...
  • Log #9843 - by Larry on Aug 29, 2001
    Alice, Beth, and I climbed this on a day that was pretty at first. This was the 4th peak in 4 days for Alice and me: we did Elbert, Huron, and Massive the prior 3 days. We started from Iowa Gulch...
  • Log #9844 - by Steve Sexton on Aug 19, 2001
    Left the Springs at 4:30 and was walking up the peak by 7:00. Stopped just short of the gate at 12,000 and started up. Could have driven up farther. If the 3,000 ft.
  • Log #9845 - by Marc Theberge on July 30, 2001
    4wd road leads to good trail all the way to summit. Nice, hike to summit. Great views of Leadville, and Wasatch range.
  • Log #9846 - by Chase Groomes on July 30, 2001
    I summited with my youth group, mom, and sister. My first 14er, I had climbed Mt. Pacific two years ago. We summited inside a cloud which kept us from seeing five feet in front of us.
  • Log #9847 - by John Collard on July 26, 2001
    14er #4. I'm climbing all the walkups first. Combining Sherman with Sheridan and White Ridge made a nice loop hike, but don't mess with coming down the rock slides on White Ridge like I did.
  • Log #9848 - by Christopher Dorry on July 25, 2001
    This climb was almost completed with Ann Marie Dorry, but the exposure at the top was a little much. 2 hours up from the gate, and 1:15 down. Just as we got back to the car the lightning and rain...
  • Log #9849 - by Jim Lombard on July 18, 2001
    Great hike, my second fourteener, loved the dull knifes edge and the old mines!
  • Log #9850 - by Brannan Cass on July 03, 2001
    Summitted by way of Four-Mile-Creek trailhead with my wife and two dogs. We got kind of a late start due to the fact that Roach's directions to the trailhead are kind of sketchy (we zigged when we...
  • Log #9851 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #9852 - by Pat Ellis on Aug 20, 2000
    A Colorado Springs native and this is the first 14er I have ever climbed. hmmmmm. Funniest comment I heard was "There are no bathrooms at the top"! Kept a smile on my face for the rest of...
  • Log #9853 - by Chuck Parrish on July 04, 2000
    Summited with a Wilderness Expidition Trek 2000 group. Melissa and Ryan were our guides. Greatest experience of my life.
  • Log #9854 - by Michael Jake on June 13, 2000
    First 14er of the year - started on the east side, Leavick access. Still a bit of snow but not difficult. Went solo but met some great folks along the way - hats off to you virgins!
  • Log #9855 - by Seth Cochran on June 06, 2000
    Iowa Gulch Trail, My first of 54
  • Log #9856 - by Tim Sweeney on June 03, 2000
    First serious climb that I have ever taken with John, my nine year old son, and with Edward Sweeney, my brother and his wife, Kathy. Spectacular. Ready for more.
  • Log #9857 - by Sean Reed on Apr 16, 2000
    This my first 14er when I was 12 years old. With such a big group we took a little while finishing the hike. By the time we started our descent a storm had hit us. Very dense fog set in along with...
  • Log #9858 - by Jim Mallory on Mar 26, 2000
    I did this with my brother, Kirk. This was my 26th Colorado fourteener. I'll have to agree with Kirk when he said that this was one of the better hikes this winter.
  • Log #9859 - by Kirk Mallory on Mar 25, 2000
    My third climb of Mt. Sherman, but my first in winter. I did this climb with my brother, Jim. Snow closure is about 1/2 mile east of Leavick, but we still were able to do it round-trip in 7 hrs 15...
  • Log #9860 - by David Hatchet Dyer on Feb 13, 2000
    My first solo 14er. Used Iowa Gulch trail. Great view of Mount Massive and Sawatch Range to west. Easy walkup.
  • Log #9861 - by Pat Strahl & Beth Byrne on Feb 12, 2000
    This was the easiest 14er we've done so far. There were plenty of people enjoying the mountain on this day. I really don't mind the crowds, but please use you cell phones for emergencies only.
  • Log #9862 - by Barbara Downs on Sep 20, 1999
    Looking around the historical landmarks up the trail made climbing my first 14eer less painstaking. I have since climbed five others and the view is always breath taking.