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Mt. Sherman @ 14,036 ft.

We decided to do our first 14'er together. Katherine's parents wanted to do a 14'er, so we tagged along. This was my first 14'er, and Katherine has done a few other ones with her parents before. Despite Mount Sherman being the easiest 14'er in Colorado, it was treacherous. It may have only been 2.5 miles from the start to the top, but it had 2100 feet of elevation gain that just killed our legs and exhausted our lungs the whole way up. In addition, our day started at 3:30 am to make it to the trailhead by 6:30 am. Aside from that, it was a really nice hike. The hike started at the Fourmile Creek Trailhead, located just outside of Fairplay. For the first half of the hike, we hiked along the old mining roads which still had old mining equipment and buildings scattered along the road. The other half of the hike started at the saddle in between Mount Sheridan and Mount Sherman. From there, we hiked along the gusty ridge that had steep drop-offs on either side. We're lucky we didn't get blown off the ridge!

Katherine and I made it to the summit in just over 2 hours. Katherine's parents meet us at the summit about a half hour later and we all relaxed at the top together for a half hour. It took an additional 2 hours to get down from the mountain. Because of the steep grade and the extremely loose footing, you had to take extra time not to fall off the side of the ridge. This was extremely difficult on the way down.

Shack on the Hill

Shack on the Hill

Photo Notes:

This is the first mining building that you can see. You can see it from the trail head.

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Riding into the Sun

Riding into the Sun

Photo Notes:

The first mine shaft is located pretty close to the trail head. There are a bunch of pieces of equipment around the mine shaft. Of the equipment, there were some old rails that seemed to be heading straight for the sunrise.

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Mine Shaft

Mine Shaft

Photo Notes:

There were 2 mine shafts, but this one appeared to be the primary one. There was water running out of it. I'd like to know where the water came from.

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HIlltop Mine

HIlltop Mine

Photo Notes:

This is one of the few buildings still standing from the HIlltop mine. On the way back down from Mount Sherman, we walked around the backside of this structure. There was a lot more equipment and an obliterated building.

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Mount Sheridan

Mount Sheridan

Photo Notes:

Looking South from the cradle of the mountain, you could see Mount Sheridan, and part of horseshoe mountain.

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Through the Mountains

Through the Mountains

Photo Notes:

The mountains seemed to be endless. Even when you're on the top, there's more in every direction.

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Little People

Little People

Photo Notes:

I included this photo because of the people that are hiking up the ridge of Mount SHerman. We were about half way between the cradle and the summit of Mount Sherman when I took this photo. I'm looking South toward Mount Sheridan (on the right) and horseshoe mountain (on the left).

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City in the Valley

City in the Valley

Photo Notes:

This was the first spot on the hike that opened up to the West. You could see Leadville in the valley.

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Fading Mountains

Fading Mountains

Photo Notes:

Being a Coloradoan, it's a weird feeling looking East and seeing endless mountains.

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Leadville

Leadville

Photo Notes:

You can see the city of Leadville and Turquoise Lake in the distance (it's the one that's so turquoise )

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Summit Panorama

Summit Panorama

Photo Notes:

We reached the summit at about 8:45. We took a few really quick photos and then went to go sit down to eat a snack and relax for a little while.

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Ghetto Sign

Ghetto Sign

Photo Notes:

We didn't bring a sign, and there is no geographical marker at the summit. There are a few poles that have fallen down, but that's about it. We found a cardboard sign from the day earlier, so that's what we used, and I photoshopped the date to be correct.

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Looking for Food

Looking for Food

Photo Notes:

We sat in a little rock wind shelter while we waited for Katherine's parents. It wasn't too windy, but just enough that the shelter was nice. We were eating our snack when this little critter came running up to us. No food for him...

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Wind Shelter

Wind Shelter

Photo Notes:

How rude! Katherine is sticking her tongue out at me!!! THis was the rock wind shelter that we sat in to eat our snack.

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Summited

Summited

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Matching Jackets

Matching Jackets

Photo Notes:

I know we look like dorks with our matching jackets. But that's OK.

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Summit Kiss

Summit Kiss

Photo Notes:

How could we not take a kiss at the summit?!

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14,036 Feet

14,036 Feet

Photo Notes:

We all made it to the top!

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Harsh Sunlight

Harsh Sunlight

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Small Clouds

Small Clouds

Photo Notes:

The clouds started to roll in, nothing too serious.

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White Ridge

White Ridge

Photo Notes:

This is the White Ridge which comes off of Mount Sherman.

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Looking Down

Looking Down

Photo Notes:

You can see all the people on their way up to the summit as we were headed down.

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Little Ants

Little Ants

Photo Notes:

It's hard to get the scale of this photo without all the little ants. Oh wait, those are people!

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Mount Sherman

Mount Sherman

Photo Notes:

The Summit of Mount Sherman is on the right side right where the snow bank was.

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Mount Sherman Ridge

Mount Sherman Ridge

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Old Wood

Old Wood

Photo Notes:

I'm surprised that this structure is still standing. It's a fairly tall structure, maybe 40-50 feet tall, which a pretty narrow base (maybe a 15x15 square foot).

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Crumbling

Crumbling

Photo Notes:

This is one of the structures that is part of Hilltop Mine

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Nails

Nails

Photo Notes:

These mails were probably originally holding a roof over this structure, when the roof collapsed, the nails stayed in.

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Through the Collapsed Buildings

Through the Collapsed Buildings

Photo Notes:

The structures of Hilltop Mine and what remains of them.

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Rivets In a Line

Rivets In a Line

Photo Notes:

Katherine said "don't you want to take photos of that thing, it looks like something you would like to take photos of". She was correct. This steel structure is part of Hilltop Mine.

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Brakes

Brakes

Photo Notes:

This is the brake handle to an electric rail car. See the next few photos for the actual car.

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Into the Mine

Into the Mine

Photo Notes:

There was an old electric railcar abandoned next to the first mineshaft.

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Wild

Wild

Photo Notes:

Once we were done with the hike, we stopped by the side of the road and I saw these flowers.

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Shack on the Hill
Riding into the Sun
Mine Shaft
HIlltop Mine
Mount Sheridan
Through the Mountains
Little People
City in the Valley
Fading Mountains
Leadville
Summit Panorama
Ghetto Sign
Looking for Food
Wind Shelter
Summited
Matching Jackets
Summit Kiss
14,036 Feet
Harsh Sunlight
Small Clouds
White Ridge
Looking Down
Little Ants
Mount Sherman
Mount Sherman Ridge
Old Wood
Crumbling
Nails
Through the Collapsed Buildings
Rivets In a Line
Brakes
Into the Mine
Wild
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