On Mary’s 22nd birthday (last Tuesday), we left the cabin before dawn and drove to the Leadville area. The weather did not seem promising with heavy clouds and even light rain as we arrived at the trailhead. We’ve yet to have to turn around on a 14er due to weather, but I thought this would be our first because we are very cautious especially concerning thunderstorms. These didn’t look like the thunderstorms that typically come up in the afternoons.
Jesse is our master route guide, and he planned for us to take an alternate (shorter) route up Mt. Sherman. We parked near an old abandoned mine and began our trek, in the mist and cold.
We hiked up a beautiful mountainside with a great trail. The weather changed literally by the minute, and so sometimes we took a break to get our rain gear out and other times we stopped to take it off.
On the ridge, the trail joined a popular route, so we gained a lot of company, which is great. The wind was really strong as we did the final ascent.
Enjoy the pictures and journal below of our hike!
PS – We arrived home Monday afternoon, and I’ll be catching you up on the hikes later!
On the way, we saw a herd of elk!
The dirt road we took up to the trailhead was gorgeous.
These sweet sisters of mine, all ready for the hike.
Hiking up at a steady pace.
Take a break to de-layer. As you can see, it was at an angle not terribly conducive for
one’s Camelbak to stay in one’s possession.
Notice the rain in the upper left coming in. You can see it approaching, and then when you don’t see it
approaching, and you feel wet, well, you know it’s now upon you!
As we reached the ridge, the wind picked up and it began sleeting ice pellets,
which thankfully didn’t last too long.
Now this is looking back down the ridge as the family approaches.
The ridge consisted of lots of rocks, and the wind was really strong, and the temperatures cold.
The summit itself was flat and spacious. A SAMS sister picture (Sarah, Anna, Mary).
Awesome picture of Jesse!
Dad and Mom summit!
Here’s a view back down to the valley we climbed out of. I circled where are vehicles parked.
Time on the summit is spent chatting with others, eating snacks, layering or de-layering depending on the temperature, texting friends and family pictures, and enjoying the views.
You want to know my favorite summit food? Junior Mints!
Dad and Mom
Anna found this wrench-shaped rock.
The views going down were gorgeous and the weather on the ridge pleasant compared to the way up.
But by the time we got to the bottom of the ridge, the weather changed
again, and it was time to layer up again!
Mary and Jesse
Another great rock shape
Hiking down (down to short sleeves!)
Jesse and Mary decided to do their hiker’s duty and build a cairn for the benefit of their fellow hikers. You need the perfect rocks, so they worked to select the right ones.
The finished cairn with its builders.
I’ll let you in on a little code word Anna has coined: recliner rock. Here Anna is enjoying a recliner rock–if you can really picture a rock being comfortable? It has to be the right smoothness and angle to be able to lay back on, and surprisingly enough, she finds herself quite a few recliner rocks on hikes.
Mount Sherman (we think) is about in the middle of this picture.
Enjoying a break at the stream.
A selfie at the end of our hike.
What could be better than to grab a coffee in Leadville? So perfect!
Mary enjoyed a birthday phone call AND a caramel latte 🙂
Jesse took the opportunity for good WiFi to plan Thursday’s hike, Mount of the Holy Cross, which just Mary, Anna, and he did. I can’t wait to share on that one!
Anna took a picture of Mary’s gifts.
We celebrated Mary’s birthday that evening.
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up
for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought
for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!”