Summary: From the closure gate continue along the road past the Dauntless mine. After ascending a hill the road will curve to the right (watch for arrows made from rocks in the road to help you). There are several spur roads off of the main one, however most don't take you far before you realize your on the wrong path. You will see on the hillside above you the Hilltop mine and the road leading to it. This is your destination. After passing the hilltop mine you will come to a level area with an old bunkhouse near the trail. The summit of Sherman is to your right and there is a path beginning to form that takes you directly there. DO NOT take this path. It is steep, loose, and dangerous. The trail actually heads to the left and takes some switch backs up to the saddle on the ridge above. Once on the saddle simply follow the ridge to the summit.
Trailhead: From the town of Fairplay head south on Highway 285. After one mile you will pass the intersection with Colorado 9 and begin to go up a hill. About 3/4 of the way up this hill there is a road on the right. Turn onto that road. This road will take you the rest of the way to the trailhead. The road gets progressively worse as you go. Any car can make it at least to the old townsite of Leavick (You will see a large building on the right side of the road). After the town of Leavick there are several spots with parking when you decide you've gone far enough (marked by yellow diamonds on the map). The road ends at a closure gate and you must start hiking from there. (Lat:39.20705 Lon:-106.16496)
Trail Guides for Mount Sherman:
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Isabel National Forest 719-553-1400 (main office)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by RFO on 9/8/2008
Party of 3 ages 54, 68 and 69. Found the trail to be miserable hiking due to the amount of talus on a poor trail most of the way. Felt the trail on the ridge was too narrow and hazardous to continue as we encountered 50-60 knot gusts of bitter cold air and combined with the poor quality trail and steep drop-offs we gave up about 175 yds. short of the summit.
Reviewed by Steve on 1/30/2008
2 adults, 4 kids and 1 dog made it up and back in 4 hours. Trail was hard to keep to just above saddle through talus. Long summit ridge. Interesting mining buildings.
Reviewed by K R H on 8/19/2007
A very nice place that puts you into the remnants of (Buckskin Joe?) of an old mining town. Even if you just drive up to it and do not trail, it is worth the scenery alone.
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