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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    
2012-01-23 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         
2011-08-26 No problem in a Subaru Forester getting to the parking by the gate. The last 0.2 miles are a bit rough, so take it slow. There is a small parking area below this last rough part, which had several low-slung cars in it when I drove by. There is also a large parking area by the Leavick ruins, 1.7 miles from the TH, but no one was parking there. alanecharlesworth         
2011-08-13 The road was fine. We made it all the way up in our Kia Sportage. If you go slow you can dodge all the major issues. bayouboy         
2011-08-08 Pulled off in my Acura about a mile below the gate. That road gets pretty nasty after the Levick site. We got picked up by some nice guys in an outback but they had to pull off as well shortly after. DoWork         
2011-07-23 Our 94 Bronco took a beating but I kinda gave it one and didnt baby the drive. I did see an old Oldsmobile Cutlass right at the gate though so pretty much anything should be able to make it. There was one small water crossing that I am not sure how anything not 4X4 makes it through but I guess they do. Road open to gate. somethingrandom  3  2      
2011-07-22 Drove my 2007 Prius carefully all the way up to the gate with no problems. Other passenger cars were there as well. mrschaible         
2011-06-27 The road is dry to the gate. There are still snow crossings on the mountain but I hiked in my Chacos the whole way. An early start my require traction; i started around 10am. Glissading conditions are just right as well, didn‘t even need an axe. rangerdrew         
2011-06-18 Dry to Leavick parking lot. Drivable to gate with high clearance over 1 snow drift. Smaller SUV could get high centered though. This mountain is a snow climb still. Snow in the morning shade at 7:30 was slushy. Hunter         
2011-06-14 I easily drove my Forester to the Horseshoe Road intersection (.9 miles past Leavick). As I hiked on my way to Horseshoe I looked down and saw that a truck had driven at least another 1/2 mile further than I did and appeared to be stopped by a large snow drift. Eph 2 5         
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         

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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