Mount Sherman

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Mount Sherman
Elevation 14,043 ft (4,280 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 850 ft (260 m)[1]
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Mount Sherman is located in Colorado
Mount Sherman
Mount Sherman
Location Lake / Park counties, Colorado, U.S.
Range Rocky Mountains, Mosquito Range
Coordinates 39°13′30″N 106°10′11″W / 39.22500°N 106.16972°W / 39.22500; -106.16972Coordinates: 39°13′30″N 106°10′11″W / 39.22500°N 106.16972°W / 39.22500; -106.16972[2]
Topo map USGS Mount Sherman (CO)
Easiest route Hike

Mount Sherman is a fourteener in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Mosquito Range, approximately eight miles south of Mount Lincoln. It lies on the border between Lake and Park County, approximately seven miles east-southeast of Leadville.

Mount Sherman, which has an elevation of 14,043 feet (4,280 m), is one of the most nondescript of the fourteeners, and one of the easiest to climb;[3] it is recommended as a beginner fourteener. It is also the only fourteener that has had a successful aircraft landing on its summit.[4]

Sherman Mine[edit]

The Sherman mine, located in upper Iowa Gulch at and above 12, 200 ft. on the west flank of Mt. Sherman, produced over 10 million ounces of silver, mostly between 1968 and 1982, with a value of over $300 million at 2010 prices. The Sherman silver-lead-zinc deposit is hosted in dolostones of the Early Mississippian Leadville Formation. Mineralization is within an integrated cavern system that developed in these carbonate rocks in Late Mississippian time.[5] Pb-Zn-Ag mineralization was emplaced into the old cave system at about 272 ± 18 Ma, during the Early Permian period.[6]

Secondary ore minerals from the Sherman mine are popular with mineral collectors.[7] The prominent ruins of the historic buildings and structures of the Hilltop Mine (above the more recent Sherman mine workings) are often visited and photographed by hikers and mountaineers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Sherman, Colorado". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Mount Sherman". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Easiest 14er Routes". Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  4. ^ Louis W. Dawson II, Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 1, Blue Clover Press, 1994, ISBN 0-9628867-1-8
  5. ^ R. Mark Maslyn, Mineralized Late-Mississippian Paleokarst Features and Paleogeography in the Leadville, Colorado Area. 1996, National Speleological Society Convention Guidebook. Full text
  6. ^ D. T. A. Symons, M. T. Lewchuk et al., Age of the Sherman-Type Zn-Pb-Ag Deposits, Mosquito Range,Colorado. Economic Geology; November 2000; v. 95; no. 7; p. 1489-1504; doi:10.2113/gsecongeo.95.7.1489. Abstract
  7. ^ Sherman mine data and photos at

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Mount Sherman and the Mosquito Range: (left to right) Horseshoe Mountain (obvious), White Ridge, Mount Sherman, Gemini Peak and "Mount Evans #2" (far right), looking west from State Highway 9, just north of Fairplay. Photo taken in May 2009, courtesy of David Herrera.
Cerussite-Rosasite-Azurite-Smithsonite-Mimetite (etc.), classic secondary ore mineral specimen from the Sherman Mine. Size: 15.1 x 10.6 x 9.8 cm. Click on image for more photos of this specimen.