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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    
2011-05-23 2wd accessible almost all the way to the Leavick site, within about 200 yards. Codys14ers         
2011-05-20 County road 18 was easily drivable with a 2wd car. The road is closed about .2 miles before the leavic site due to a snow drift. Andymcp1         
2011-05-15 Closure same as before. A few pictures along the road on the way to Mt. Sheridan. Drifts from 3-4 feet in some places. Its going to be a while before cars can make it to the gate avs88fan  3       
2011-05-15 Same as the 5/7 entry, however the snow is completely gone to the road closure. Jay521         
2011-05-07 Really no change from the 4-12 report below since the road is blocked by a mound of snow about a quarter mile before the collapsed mining mill (on the right as you head in). things should change very quickly now, though, as the snow is melting quickly. docfrance         
2011-04-12 Snow closure on the Fourmile Creek Road (the road to Leavick, standard trailhead for Mt. Sherman) is about 1 mile west of the Fourmile Campground. From snow closure it is about 1 mile to the ghost town of Leavick. The elevation at snow closure is about 10,970 feet. I wore snowshoes to the Hilltop Mine at about 12,900 feet, then hiked on boots above that point. It took me just under five hours with heavy camera gear to reach the summit just before sunrise. The photo below was shot on the summit at sunrise looking north. gprandall  1       
2011-03-12 We parked about 3/4 of a mile short of the Leavick Site. I put my Wrangler in 4WD about 1/2 a mile before that to get through some snow drifts. We probably could have made it farther as the middle of the road is fairly well packed down but there is some deep soft snow within the snow banks we didn‘t want to get stuck in. Be careful when turning around. MarkLesiw         
2011-03-05 Most of us parked about a mile below the Leavick site, at around 10,900. Some snow up to that point, but nothing major. Hardpack for another quarter to half mile further. However, several cars were stuck about a quarter mile below Leavick. A tow truck was there in the afternoon and pulled them out. Dancesatmoonrise         
2011-02-20 About 4" of fresh snow fell Saturday (2/19) and Saturday night through Sunday morning, and there‘s now continous snow the entire length of the dirt road up to the Leavick site. I made it out (barely) in an AWD passenger car, with snow occasionally scraping the floor boards. Avoid the deep ruts and deeper drifts along the sides of the road. susanjoypaul         
2011-02-12 People are still making it to Leavick in 4WD. There were a couple of drifts in the road that I had to plow through this morning. There‘s also a large sheet of ice across the road. tmathews         
2011-02-04 The road was plowed up to the Leavick site. After that you‘re on your own. Light snow cover is on the road the last 2-3 miles. Before that it is dirt road. Markwise         
2010-11-27 Reached Leavick using 4WD. Some wet, slushy, and drifted spots but nothing too serious. A high clearance vehicle is not required. Snow covers the road past Leavick. No vehicle tracks beyond Leavick since the last storm. The brave or multiple vehicles could push further. We were fine with making it to Leavick and parked there. kimo         
2010-11-07 Today, the road between Leavick and the 4WD trail head gate had some snow/ice patches with deep ruts due to traffic and many snow free areas. It is easily passable in a high clearance 4WD vehicle to the gate. AlanC         
2010-10-30 Small patches of snow/ice until mile marker 8-9, at which point there is consistently 3-6+ inches of snow and ice covering the road. My 4WD Audi A4 made it until this point and started bottoming out/sliding. A Subaru made it about one half a mile further up the road, but unless you have either a car with exceptional clearance or a truck/jeep/SUV I would not recommend making an attempt for the gate. Expect to hike two to three miles to the gate where the actual trail begins. MONDOMD         
2010-10-30 Park at the Leavick Site mine building or at the flat spot 50yrds past the mine building at the top of the little hill. I was unable to push through the snow a half mile up from the mine building and I have a 07 Pathfinder with aggressive tires. winmag4582001         
2010-10-16 Drove up to the gate no problem in an Xterra, no 4x4 needed today. Saw some passanger vehicles there as well. No snow, some patches of ice along the road but nothing to worry about. zoriloco         
2010-07-26 Drove all the way to the 12,000 ft gate in a 2WD 4Runner. Last section after lower parking area was fairly rough, but easily managable if you go slow. Gator         
2010-06-06 Road is clear of snow all the way to trailhead/gate at 12000‘. Stock 4WD Jeep made it with no problems whatsoever. 2WD vehicles could likely make it far as well. Lots of pull off spots to park just in case you don‘t think your vehicle can make it all the way. bxphreak         
2010-06-01 Road is Clear all the way to the 12,000‘ gate. Road is not in too bad condition. Montowski1         
2010-05-30 Any vehicle should be able to make it all the way to the gate at 12,000 ft. now. The only concern for a 2wd. may be some of the ice in the early morning and fairly heavy snow melt/muddy mess during the last half of a mile or so before the gate in the afternoons. My-Therapy         
2010-05-24 Got to 11,700 (our chosen starting point) with no issues in a stock 4-Runner. A well-driven 4 wheel drive can get all the way to the gate. There is one drift that would block low-clearance vehicles (risk of getting high centered in the ruts) at about 11,850, but there were several tracks of high-clearance (probably higher-clearance stock SUVs and better) vehicles getting to the gate. Above that drift, there are still some spots of snow on the right half of the road, but you probably could either drive over it or around it (other tracks did both). With continued warm temps these drifts will be gone soon. Water had frozen on the road in the AM, but we passed it with no problems. It was melted in the late morning. BobbyFinn         
2010-05-23 Took a Honda Civic a mile beyond the Leavick townsite to the trailhead for Horseshoe Mountain. Quite a few trucks and SUVs went beyond there. CO Native         
2010-05-22 Looking great as of 5/22/10. Good clearence and 4 wheel drive are still recommended to make it past the Leavick site. A good 4x4 shouldn‘t have any trouble making it to the gate or a lower lot. HMS         
2010-05-09 Yep, as avs88fan says, there‘s a big snowdrift just past Leavick. Upon arriving this morning, I came across a Chevy Blazer that was completely stuck in that snowdrift. Looked like they made it halfway up it, in the tracks, but then slid to the left and the left-front nose of the truck dove down into the snow. It took a couple tries, but I was able to yank their truck out of there. After dealing with that, I decided to just park there. That, and I worried that it would be really slushy later in the day, which it was, so getting back down wouldn‘t be easy. All that said, I imagine it will melt fast. It‘s amazing what a week or two of warm weather can do. Aubrey  1       
2010-05-08 Big snow drift still right up the hill after Leavick. Got through it with 4wd pretty easily but was stopped right after due to patchy snow drifts. Saw tire tracks around 11,600 but not sure how they didn‘t get stuck. avs88fan  2       

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: Mad Mike on 2009-11-22)

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