Date Climbed: August 19, 2015
Elevation: 14,035 Ft
Partner: Salix (dog)
If you haven't caught on yet, the Mosquito Range is probably the least spectacular among the 14ers, and probably my least favorite to hike (although in my current condition, I'd take anything I could get). However, Sherman has a special place in my heart because of the fight it put up the year of 2015.
Just a few months prior to my climb, I tried to beat a storm moving into the area. I made it to just below the Hilltop Mine, before running into a complete whiteout and was forced to turn around.
Now in late August with a perfect forecast for the day, I would have no such problems. With Salix accompanying me, I took off in my four wheeler up the road, Salix panting along beside me. Once at the gate, we continued to follow the road up to the Hilltop Mine ruins.
The hike from the mine to the saddle was a fun little jog, and the views which met us were pretty neat.
The hike from the saddle to the summit was surprisingly steep, but nothing too difficult. There were a few hikers in the area, though not as much as has been reported in more recent years.
Once on the summit plateau, the highpoint became less obvious. In fact, the only way I could tell the true summit was the group of hikers hanging out around a cairn.
Near the summit, Salix decided to nose dive into the nearest snow pile.
On the summit, I took a few pictures, sat down and enjoyed the beautiful morning. After a bit of time, I heard the sound of a quickly approaching helicopter. We all stood up and looked over the ridge just in time to see a Blackhawk shoot across the valley and touch down on nearby Sheridan Peak. Obviously, it was performing some sort of rescue or training exercise, but it was cool to witness nonetheless!
After taking our time, we jogged down from the peak and made it down to the four wheeler in well under an hour. At this point, I figured we'd be back to the truck in no time. However, the mileage was catching up with Salix, and every time I pulled over, she flopped into the nearest shade she could find.
Once back at the truck, Salix earned some treats and water while I loaded up. A successful day in the beautiful Rockies!