Mount Sherman

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Mount Sherman
Highest point
Elevation14,043 ft (4,280 m) [1][2]
Prominence850 ft (259 m) [2]
Isolation8.06 mi (12.97 km) [2]
ListingColorado Fourteener 45th
Coordinates39°13′30″N 106°10′11″W / 39.2249903°N 106.1697431°W / 39.2249903; -106.1697431Coordinates: 39°13′30″N 106°10′11″W / 39.2249903°N 106.1697431°W / 39.2249903; -106.1697431[3]
Mount Sherman is located in Colorado
Mount Sherman
Mount Sherman
LocationLake and Park counties, Colorado, United States[3]
Parent rangeMosquito Range[2]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Sherman, Colorado[3]
Easiest routeHike

Mount Sherman is a high mountain summit in the Mosquito Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14,043-foot (4,280 m) fourteener is located 6.8 miles (11.0 km) east by south (bearing 103°) of the City of Leadville, Colorado, United States, on the drainage divide separating San Isabel National Forest and Lake County from Pike National Forest and Park County.[1][2][3] The mountain was named in honor of General William Tecumseh Sherman.[4]


Mount Sherman is one of the most nondescript of the fourteeners, and one of the easiest to climb;[5] it is recommended as a beginner fourteener. It is also the only fourteener that has had a successful aircraft landing on its summit.[6]

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 dolomites of the Early Mississippian Leadville Formation. Mineralization is within an integrated cavern system that developed in these carbonate rocks in Late Mississippian time.[7] Pb-Zn-Ag mineralization was emplaced into the old cave system at about 272 ± 18 Ma, during the Early Permian period.[8]

Secondary ore minerals from the Sherman mine are popular with mineral collectors.[9] 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.

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.
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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The elevation of Mount Sherman includes an adjustment of +2.029 m (+6.66 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mount Sherman, Colorado". Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mount Sherman". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Dziezynski, James (1 August 2012). Best Summit Hikes in Colorado: An Opinionated Guide to 50+ Ascents of Classic and Little-Known Peaks from 8,144 to 14,433 Feet. Wilderness Press. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-89997-713-3.
  5. ^ "Easiest 14er Routes". Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  6. ^ Louis W. Dawson II, Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 1, Blue Clover Press, 1994, ISBN 0-9628867-1-8
  7. ^ R. Mark Maslyn, Mineralized Late-Mississippian Paleokarst Features and Paleogeography in the Leadville, Colorado Area. 1996, National Speleological Society Convention Guidebook. Full text
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ Sherman mine data and photos at

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