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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    
2012-09-28 Dry road. Saw a Honda passenger vehicle make it to the gate at 12k. Gate was open/unlocked but I parked at the gate. COCindy  1       
2012-09-15 Rough 2WD, with mid-clearance (I was in a Cadillac sedan), to the TH. Washboarding starts shortly after leaving the paved road and continues through to the top, some areas worse than others, notably the 3-7 miles seemed to be the worst for ‘boarding with more rocky and rougher terrain after mile 7 but without as much ‘boarding. The drive was pretty as many of the aspens were already turning color so while the drive was slow it was enjoyable. I was able to make it to the 12,000‘ gate without too much trouble going slower and letting other vehicles pass. I didn‘t notice rocks of any significant size that were unavoidable. IMO, this road is in equivalent shape, than Grays/Torreys after the re-grading that seemed to be done there late July/early August. MrJohnnySpot         
2012-08-24 From the paved portion there is a lot of washboarding for the first few miles. Beyond that to gate there is not much change from earlier reports. Some softball size rocks but many cars had made it to the gate area. JJJR         
2012-08-04 No trouble getting to the gate in a Honda Accord. All potholes were totally avoidable, and there was some washboarding and several softball-sized loose rocks in the road (also totally avoidable, or moveable if not). It‘s not pavement, but seemed fine in a 2WD with normal clearance. colorajo    1      
2012-05-26 Same report; trail was dry but rough to gate. I will add that there were a number of courageous 2WD sedans that made it all the gate, so it is possible. However not something that I would try myself. glacierfox         
2012-05-26 The road is dry all the way to the gate at 12,000 feet. However, it is rough in some spots, particularly as one gets closer to the gate. Not recommended for low-clearance vehicles. esagas         
2012-05-04 Road is dry to gate...seems a bit rougher than I remember. I had an accord last year and I made it in that to the gate, but this year I don‘t think that I would have tried to make it all the way in an accord. I was in my CR-V and I had to go pretty slow at times, but it wasn‘t bad. eastend711         
2012-04-22 Road is snow free until the gate. Gate is now unlocked and a RAV4 made it within 1/4 of Leavick mining ruins. I imagine the road will be completely snow free within 2 weeks if there are no major storms. rleclair         
2012-04-10 Was able to make it to the gate closure with a 2Wheel drive truck. A couple of slushy spots on the way down but overall it was not a problem and I would think a sedan could make it up (just be careful with clearance and pick your spots carefully). Mtn Izz         
2012-04-06 We made past Leavick to where the 4wd road to Leavick Tarn and Peerless Mine splits left. 3 or 4 drifts across the road, but all had tire tracks through them. Probably still would want to have a little clearance to safely make it through the rutted snow drifts. We didn‘t drive all the way to the Four Mile Creek Summer TH but I imagine that it would be pretty darn dry all the way there since that is a south facing slope. geojed         
2012-03-25 Great road until the winter closure area. Non-4x4 or AWD will want to park here. Heck, even if you have 4x4 or AWD you may want to park here. I kept going into the snow and made it a couple blocks‘ worth distance before the tracks ended and I parked behind a Durango who also couldn‘t have gone further. No room to turn around with all the snow so I backed the whole way out in reverse in the afternoon after returning from the hike. The road is still very snowcovered past the winter closure and will be for a while so prepare to add all of the extra distance before heading over to the Shermanator (or friends). Tony1         
2012-03-11 As of 3/11, a moderate-clearance vehicle can make it to within a mile or two of the Leavick TH. The snowdrifts are still there but people have driven through. But there are some ruts that a low-clearance vehicle may struggle with. Dinzy         
2012-03-05 There are about 3 snowdrifts that will prevent you from driving to the Leavick trailhead. The lowest snowdrift is only about 6 miles from the turnoff onto CR18 (I got very stuck in my 4x4 pickup trying to punch thru). This adds an addition 4 miles each way, just to get to the trailhead! The rest of the road is bone dry. If anyone has a plow truck and some time to kill, knocking down these snowdrifts would be much appreciated. Dinzy         
2012-02-18 Made it up to the cabin/Old Leavick Road sign with no problems in our 4Runner. A lower clearance vehicle could probably make it within a half mile of this, with the only issue being accumulated snow between the ruts. Andrew         
2012-02-04 Good track to the normal winter closure - approx 1 mile short of the Leavick site. No problem for 4X4‘s and 2WD drive with decent clearance should make it OK Jay521    1    
2012-01-23 Road passable by any car until about a mile below the Leavick site, as mentioned. After that there is moderate snow (less than a foot on average) until the summer trailhead. A 4WD with good clearance might be able to make it to the Leavick site, although there were no tracks in the current snow. The road is mixed snow and gravel to the gate near the Dauntless mine, with a large ice flow right before the gate. Vermont Mike         
2012-01-13 Road is plowed/dry dirt/packed snow up to and past Leavick. BobbyFinn         
2012-01-03 I parked at the lower end of Leavick Road, the road is plowed to a hundred yards or so beyond that. 4WD with good clearance and tires could probably get to the Leavick Mill and beyond. markf         
2011-12-24 I had to park about 20 minutes worth of hiking time down from the Levick site. I had an Outback, but if you have a lift or very high clearance you might be able to go higher. The snow is very powdery so I imagine you could drive fairly well almost until the gate. CinciKid  1       
2011-12-18 I took Sunny1‘s advice and parked my stock Ford Ranger at 11k. Good advice. If you drive a stock 4x4/AWD I would park there and hike up. If you have something with a lift you can probably keep going up but stay in the frozen tire trenches. Its soft outside them. If you make it to 11,350k and the big parking area you can probably keep going up to 11,600k and the intersection with FS Road 605. I hiked up FS Road 605, but saw a lifted Toyota Tacoma further up the road, possibly all the way to the gate. jeremy27         
2011-12-11 Made it up past 11,000 ft elev in an Audi A4 with AWD, but got stuck well before the first mine on the Rt which is around 11,250 ft elev. Took me 2:45 to get myself unstuck. Word to the wise: park under 11,000 ft elev and boot it. I parked 2.3 mi up the road from the Horseshoe Campground. The shoulder was dry just under 11K feet. You MAY be able to get up higher with a high clearance 4WD and chains. As posted 12/3/11, there is deep snow with ruts. sunny1         
2011-12-03 Recent snowfall has made the road a little less accessible. That being said, the lower part of the road was packed down pretty well from traffic from houses/ranches along the road. Past the residences, on Saturday the snow got packed down by 4-5 vehicles. Once you get to the Horseshoe campground, the snow becomes deeper -- noticeably between the tire trenches. The group I was with stopped about .9 mile before the first Leavick building on the right side of the road. 4WD is essential. tmathews    2      
2011-11-25 4mile creek road / CO 18 opens all the way to the winter gate, last 4 miles was packed with snow, but no ice. The winter gate was open and got us 1.5 mile additionally to the start of the hike (where a big patch of ice makes walking or driving especially dangerous) We also did not have time to retrieve 2 pairs of snowshoes by waypoint 45 ~13000 feet behind a boulder near the last abandoned mine shack, if found pls PM me, thanks!) nomadelmundo         
2011-09-24 You can drive to the TH by car. We were in a high clearance SUV but you could drive very slowly with a car all the way to the gate. It‘s completely free of snow at this point, but road is very rough/rocky. We parked a quarter to half mile from the gate and started hiking up the road instead of driving the rest of the way. Very little snow on the trail. Hiked in trail runner New Balance shoes. lzinsmaster11         
2011-08-27 Saw Ford Windstar Minivan at upper Gate. As previous noted a few spots are rough toward the end, but not bad at all. Ozarkian         

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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