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    
2014-06-19 Road gets rough but is drivable all the way in. If you have very low clearance watch to miss an occasional rock. EZSide         
2014-06-13 Trail was clear up to the gate. Reyven    1    
2014-06-05 The road is easily drivable all the way to the gate at 12,000. The gate is actually open but everyone parked there because you can‘t drive much farther. Nelson    1    
2014-06-01 Road is clear to within 1/2 mile of the normal, summer parking (12,000‘). At that point there‘s one short snow section that some vehicles have driven through (while firm) but it‘s a major obstacle for most vehicles. BillMiddlebrook    4      
2014-05-24 Beyond the normal winter closure area there are a few small patches of snow but good-clearance vehicles can get to within 0.25 mile of Leavick. BillMiddlebrook         
2014-05-18 Trail open to the normal winter closure. After that point, the snow was a foot deep in some areas. Snow was quickly melting, but I suspect it will be a few week before driving to the summer TH. dcbates80911         
2014-05-10 Still 1-2 feet of snow on road about 2 miles before Leavick. Plan on stopping here unless you drive a snowcat or snowmobile. CookieMonster         
2014-05-04 Road is passable and bare to 1 mile short of the Leavick site. There still is 1-2 feet of snow on the road, but it is melting quick. I would guess another couple weeks and the road will be clear. cascadecoach         
2014-04-25 The road is dry and passable by 2wd cars for about 8 miles past the end of the pavement. My stock 4x4 tacoma sank in immediately after that so I parked there. Skied Boudoir Couloir on Horseshoe A and only had to walk about 30m all day. benglish         
2014-04-20 Road mostly dry until 6th mile. Can get through snow drifts easily with momentum and following other‘s tracks. Got my Outback stuck in hard snow near 7.5 mile this morning. Spent 30 minutes digging it out, then parked, then summited ;) Lots of postholing on the slog back to the car this afternoon. Snow on the road is melting fast, but still lots of it! Spring is here?! MissH  2  8      
2014-03-30 County Road 18 is only dry for the first 6 miles (out of 10 to the trailhead), after that it is snow-covered and pretty rough, probably requiring high clearance and 4x4. We didn‘t make it to the trailhead. JCMello14         
2014-03-15 Drove up 5.8 miles of the road in a Subaru Outback until unplowed snow stopped our progress. This is just over 4 miles from Leavick. We skinned up about 1.5 miles on mostly continuous, wind-packed snow before the road was so bare we turned around. DanielL         
2014-02-23 We set out to attempt Mt. Sherman on Sunday 2/23, but were unable to continue after about 5 miles on County Rd. 18 (5 miles from Leavick) in a Subaru Forester. We became stuck in snow and a 4WD Rav4 was stuck behind us about 30 minutes later. The tow truck driver said the county has stopped paving the road in recent weeks to concentrate on higher priority roads with all the recent snow. This info would have been helpful, as we were prepared for a 10.5 mile trip but not ready to add 8 to that. Hopefully conditions will improve soon! beccaleewilliams         
2014-01-20 "Normal" winter closure exists now, which is about a mile from the Leavick townsite. Before this closure there are two wide snowdrift areas and one raised iceflow section on the road. Eagle Eye         
2013-12-29 You can drive to just shy of 11,000 feet with a decent 4 WD. This most recent storm (On 12/29/2013) dropped around 6 inches, and the wind blew a ton more snow down all over the road. The snow is drifted in places from 6-20 inches. Expect to start from the standard winter TH area. Also of note, there is a giant iceflow at the gate that is the start of the summer TH. See picture. (The picture was taken the night before the storm covered the area in a fresh blanket of snow.) RyGuy  1       
2013-12-14 Drove an Outback with stock tires to about 10900 feet - about a mile below Leavick. Tried to drive a few hundred yards further but started to slip pretty bad...road wasn‘t plowed at all and there were no tire tracks since the previous snowfall. Bonus...saw a giant moose along the creek near Fourmile campground! ElCapitan         
2013-11-24 Followed Brent‘s tire tracks to the same point shy of the Leavick mine. There‘s conveniently a little pullout before the road gets a little steeper, which is also where the snow got deeper and my AWD Forester with AT tires had trouble. The picture focuses on scenery, but shows a bit of the parking job. The tire tracks pack the snow about 6 to 8 inches deeper than the surrounding snow. A smaller AWD car should be able to get up to that point too. Past the steep point, it looks to get easier, so full snow tires could make it another mile to about 11,500. tCarf  1       
2013-11-23 6-12"+ of snow on the road, my lifted 4wd SUV w/ 12" of clearance high centered and had to stop 0.75 miles shy of the Leavick mine ruins. If you can get past this point, there was less snow on the road to the 4wd TH. An ATV & our group of snowshoers made tracks that can now be followed. BrentRichter         
2013-10-25 I was able to take my 2wd Camry all the way to the gate at 12,000 feet. The gate was open but a large ice patch stopped me there. Up until then the road was completely accessible to 2wd cars. bhess86         
2013-10-02 The road is bare to the gate at 12,000‘. The gate is closed. MountainHiker         
2013-09-28 Saturday morning, windy, some ice, but no snow accumulation. plenty of parking. hike up was windy in spots and the saddle. but no wind on the summit. perfect day! kaladog         
2013-09-25 The road is open and easily passable by 2WD cars, though a bit bumpy the last couple miles. I got there in a Dodge Caliber, though I saw several other lower clearance cars once we left the trail. brianlpowers         
2013-09-15 The road is good all the way to the gate. The rain hasn‘t washed any of it. winmag4582001    1      
2013-07-29 Drove a 2WD Maxima all the way to the gate. Road is in good shape and easily driven most of the way. Of course, there is a lot of vibration in going over washboards and stuff. There was one 100-200 yard stretch a 1/2 mile before the gate that I had to take pretty slow due to larger and looser rocks. Also, the gate was open with one car parked 1/4mi further up the road. I didn‘t feel the need to drive any higher, but the road didn‘t look too bad. aweygandt         
2013-06-17 Road is clear to the gate, no snow or water runoff. No reason why any 2WD vehicle couldn‘t make it to the gate if you drive slow. Only thing rough about the road is the washboards and some loose rock here and there. seth0687         

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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