Destination: Mt. Sherman – 14er
About: Located just outside Fairplay Colorado this easy 14er is perfect for your first one
Route: i-285 South West to Fairplay then right on 4 Mile Creek Road
Distance: 240 Miles
Time: 2 hours
Trip Length: Overnight
Season: Summer to Fall
Bagging another 14er has been on my bucket list for a while. My first one was Quandary Peak back in 2012 and it was HARD. So this time around I wanted something a little easier.
Hiking 14er Mt. Sherman
Hiking Mt. Sherman is relatively easy. At only about 5 miles round trip and 2,1000 gradual foot elevation change, this is a great first 14er. Honestly, my legs didn’t burn at all! It was more my lungs needing to get used to the altitude that was more strenuous.
We chose to knock out the hike on a Sunday so we did to do a sunrise hike and I am so happy we did, the views were stunning. The hike was very windy making it feel very cold. I really wish I had remembered to pack gloves and a buff! Check out my list of must-have hiking gear here.
Where to Camping to Hike Mt. Sherman
We camped along Four Mile Creek, just outside Fairplay, to reach the trailhead bright and early. There are two designated campgrounds an a few dispersed sites along the same road. Highly suggest camping nearby the night before as it’s always best to hit the trail early and be coming down the mountain by noon. Weather in Colorado is unpredictable and even more unpredictable at higher altitudes.
Mt. Sherman trailhead details hereWe read mixed things about where exactly to park, we continued past the first parking lot all the way until we couldn’t go anymore and parked near the mind ruins. Which shortens the hike from 8 to 5 miles.