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Fourmile Creek Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Mosquito Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Sherman
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH. In spring, the upper portions of the road may require 4WD when wet.
Directions:  From Fairplay, drive just over a mile south on U.S. 285 and turn right onto County Road 18. Drive 10 miles to a large parking area at 11,250'. This is the Leavick site. There is a large mine building on the right before the parking area. The road starts to get rough after this point but passenger cars can slowly drive another 1.5 miles before the road gets harsh. There are a couple of small pull-offs between 11,700' and 11,900' and more parking before a gate near 12,000'. The gate is usually closed. In winter, the road is usually plowed only to 11,100' which is one mile below the Leavick site.
Winter Access:  Closed near 11,100' below the Leavick site.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2009-05-01 The road is blocked with snow about 1/2 mile below the 2wd trailhead. gregpeak         
2009-04-26 Closed at normal winter closure, about 1 miles short of the old mine. We started to drive on the frozen snow, but thought better of it after 100 yards, knowing that a thaw could make it difficult get out again in the afternoon. Ski4me         
2009-02-20 Road totally clear to 11,100, as described in the route description for winter. I didn‘t test it with my car; didn‘t look like anyone had driven past that point recently though the high winds could have obscured things. thunderinacircle         
2009-02-09 Road is closed 3.25 miles from the summer trailhead according to my GPS. Snow drifts across the road. Shad         
2009-01-20 Road basically dry all the way to normal winter closure. Brian C         
2009-01-04 Closed at winter closure about 1 mile below Leavick site. There is evidence that some have driven further but not much. Parts of the road are blown dry and others have over a foot of snow. Brad         
2008-11-09 Still clear as of 11/8, made it to the gate with my sedan without a problem. srichmon         
2008-11-03 Road was clear all the way to the gate as of 11/2/08. Our Toyota Camry made it almost all the way to the gate. jeremy27         
2008-10-13 Drove all the way to the gate today in a rented Chev Impala. plockey         
2008-09-21 Made it to the gate on September 19th with a 4x4 but all vehicles could make it. A little rough above the parking area. Scatman         
2008-06-09 Road is clear all the way up to the gate below the mine. However, you want to park at the lot about 1000‘ before the gate. I believe 2 wheel drive vehicles could make it up. Be carefull leaving though as the road is muddy with the melting snow. Now snow drifts to drive through anymore. skimrg81         
2008-06-08 Trailhead is mostly clear of snow all the way to the locked gate just below Dauntless Mine. There is some minor snow close to the gate but I believe a passenger car can make it. I had a 4Runner and made a track through 12 inches of snow on the uphill side. If you are not comfortable going to the gate, there is parking less than 1/2 mile from the gate that is snow free. At least as of this afternoon. Kzar         
2008-06-01 4WD vehicles can make it all the way to the summer trailhead now, only a couple short snowdrifts remaining; they are easily crossable if you‘ve got clearance, and they should melt fairly soon for everyone else. 2WD vehicles are still parking right at the base of the Leavick Mine. No snow remaining on the road at all until that point. Scanner         
2008-05-27 No change in winter closure, but that will change very soon. There are only a couple snow drifts between there and Leavick and at least one vehicle managed to drive through on Memorial Day. Phill the Thrill         
2008-05-19 5/18/08 Trailhead stops at 10,988, .8 miles below Levick Mine. Remember, the snow you can walk on top of in the morning you‘ll be postholing on the way out in the afternoon. Snowshoes are still recommended. Dustin Sullivan         
2008-05-11 Road is still impassable 1 mile below Leavick, right at the driveway of the fancy house. Several drier patches of road above the closure. I would estimate Memorial day weekend for access to Leavick and beyond, unless the county plows. 2wd cars should have no problems getting to current closure. covfrrider         
2008-05-09 5/8/08 Trailhead stops at 10,988, .8 miles below Levick Mine. Plenty of snow on trail for snoeshoes if carrying full winter pack (recommended) diver_bruce         
2008-05-04 Still stuck at the winter trailhead. Maybe by next weekend someone w/ a modified 4x4 w/ chains could bust through, but more likely not till the 17th will it be open to the summer trailhead. Mornign of 2 May the snow was frozen and icy, great for walking. Afternoon was slushy, some postholing but mostly it is packed. Recommend against carrying snowshoes. dean.dunham         
2008-04-29 4/20/08 Normal winter trailhead is almost accessible in a 2WD sedan. Had to stop at 11,000‘ about 1.25 miles below Leavick mill. sgladbach         
2008-04-29 4/20/08 Normal winter trailhead is almost accessible in a 2WD sedan. Had to stop at 11,000‘ about 1.25 miles below Leavick mill. sgladbach         
2008-03-30 Road is accessible to 10,900 feet with a 4WD SUV or pickup. Still some snow ruts and drifts that would high center a low clearance 4WD. covfrrider         
2008-03-25 Attempted to reach the winter closure trailhead on March 22nd. After the turnoff just south of Fairplay, we traveled about 5 miles to a point where the road was no longer plowed. This point is about the start of the Fourmile Creek slough. We busted unplowed, hard crusted, 12 - 24 inch deep snow for about 2.5 miles. We had two SUVs, one with chains, both with reasonable clearance. We reached the Horseshoe Site and could not proceed any further. This was at 39*12.213‘N, 106*05.240‘W, and elevation of 10550ft. We took off hiking about 3 miles short of the Leavick mine. MountainAx         
2008-03-18 On 3/9, the road was covered with ~4 inches of fresh snow. The freshies actually smoothed out the bumps on the way up pretty well. We made it to the standard winter closing with no problems. It got very warm during the day and the roads were much cleaner and melted out on the drive out. Recent pics of the road in my Sherman TR. GREENSon14s         
2008-03-01 Went up today (3/1) for an attempt on Sherman. At about 4-5 miles below Leavick my Tacoma got stuck in a snow drift; it was only about one foot deep but the snow was very hard on top. We dug it out and then continued on the road and punched through another small drift. We reached a larger drift at about 2.3 miles below Leavick that looked too large to attempt to drive through, especially with the hardness of the snowpack (about 8-10 inches of hard slab over a weak layer). I estimate the depth of the drift to be about 2 feet. CODave         
2008-02-16 Road closed 1 mile below Leavick at the normal winter closure. Deep snow on much of the road above this point. BillMiddlebrook         

The parking area just below the gate. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-09)The gate at approx. 12,100‘. Mt. Sheridan is in the background. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-09)Taken 5/8/09. As far as I went (and others). 1 mi. past the Leavick site. 11,700 (Added by: Aubrey on 2009-05-09)Taken 5/9/09. Some slop on the way back down. Not bad for 4WD at all. (Added by: Aubrey on 2009-05-09)Taken 5/8/09 1 mi. past Leavick site. 11,700‘. Close–up. (Added by: Aubrey on 2009-05-09)Taken 5/9/09 from just above the summer gate, looking back down the road. (Added by: Aubrey on 2009-05-09)Parking for a little over a dozen cars at the gate (Added by: bblack99 on 2009-07-05)Parking for 10+ cars around ~11,800‘.  This rut is easy with an S–curve ap (Added by: bblack99 on 2009-07-05)Parking Spot at 11,580‘ (Added by: Dad Mike on 2009-11-22)

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