Mount Sherman’s main route at Fourmile Creek starts at about 12,000 feet and gains 2,000 feet of elevation—it’s one of the mildest 14ers to climb (some would even say it’s the easiest of all 14ers!) and also one of the more popular 14ers in the state.
Even most dogs can climb it with no issues. It’s a 4 to 5 mile round trip, so keep in mind it’s still quite a hike compared to most trails—it’s just easy in comparison to other 14ers.
Located near Leadville, Mount Sherman is a great peak to see beautiful wild flowers and old mining buidings.
The trailhead can be reached by driving south on U.S. 285 and turning onto County Road 18. It’s about 10 miles to the first parking area at 11,250 ft. that is near the mining building. As the road turns rougher, you can still go higher in your car depending on the season and your vehicle. There’s a gate at 12,000 ft. where most people begin the hike.
At 12,500 ft. there is a fork, stay right. Once you are on the ridge. The most dangerous part of the hike is simply loose rock, loose gravel and boulders, so watch your step and bring poles if you think necessary.
It might be cold enough to wear a jacket and warm enough to wear a tank top—all in the same morning on the same hike.
Mount Sherman’s summit is pretty wide and many people can gather on top. The views, the lack of any real exposure, the not-so-bad altitude gain, and the mining buildings make this a great 14er to do with older kids who already have decent hiking experience.
When you're done, be sure to pick up your Mount Sherman souvenir for all those who climbed in your party!