Mt Sherman
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Mt Sherman

Mt Sherman from our camping spot in the basin at 11,700 feet

Near the saddle between Mt. Sheridan and Sherman with the long ridge of Sherman behind me

The summit of Sherman with Leadville in the valley below

Victoria on the ridge of Sherman with Mt. Sheridan behind

Mt. Sherman

Scramble: Class 2 Steep Hiking

Altitude: 14,036 ft

Elevation Gain: 2,340 ft approx from camping spot at 11,700ft, 6.0 miles return

2,800 ft from old Leavick townsite at 11,240ft, 8.0 miles return

Start Time: 5am to 8am to be on your way down by noon and avoid potential lightning storms

Ascent Time: 2 3 Hours


This scramble sits in a very attractive alpine basin, Mt. Sheridan (13,748 ft) on the left and Mt. Sherman on the right. Victoria and I enjoyed sitting at our campfire at 11,700ft, eating chips and salsa, and taking in the view.

Getting There

Fourmile Creek Trailhead 11,240 ft - No restrooms

From Fairplay, drive just over a mile south on U.S. 285 and turn right onto County Road 18. Drive 10+ miles to a large parking area at 11,240ft. This is the Leavick site. There is a large mine building on the right before the parking area. The road starts to get rough after this point but passenger cars (proceed at your own risk) can slowly drive another 1.5 miles before the road gets harsh. Better if you have a high clearance vehicle. There are a couple of small pull-offs between 11,700' and 11,900' and more parking before a gate at 12,100'. The gate is usually closed.

Updated trailhead info available here



At the Leavick parking area 11,240 ft and especially the large pulloff at 11,700 ft you could set up the tent or sleep in your vehicle. There is the forestry serviced Fourmile Creek Campground with restrooms ($11) a couple of miles prior to the Leavick parking area or approx 8.0 miles from highway 285.

Route Description

The trail heads up the road until you reach the upper mine site. From here you follow a trail to reach the saddle between Mt. Sheridan and Mt. Sherman. Leadville can be seen when you reach the saddle. The way is obvious, head right and begin the long ridge up Sherman. Upon reaching the last hump on the ridge there is a long walk along fairly level ground to the true summit.