Fourmile Creek Trailhead


Mosquito Range
39.20575° N, -106.1622° W
14ers: Mt. Sherman
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Road Difficulty

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.

Driving 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.
Status Updates 
Posted By: NativeTransplant
Info: Completely free of snow/ice; dry summer conditions all the way to the TH.
Posted By: Mzapo
Info: Clear to the gate. Made it in an awd dodge charger. Some large pot holes to be wary of but are all avoidable. High clearance not needed but would’ve been helpful to relieve the stress of being on pot hole watch for 8 to 10 miles. A bit muddy on the way back down but again nothing that should deter a trip up there.
Posted By: BROWNIE1037
Info: Bumpy trail road, but definitely doable in a 4WD. I am driving a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, no problem. Saw a Prius behind me that made it, but bottomed out a couple times. Guess he doesn’t like his car too much ;-)
Once you get to the gate at the end of the road, you can drive past it on the side (4WD), but honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. Not because it is difficult, but because this is an old mining site and the old structures are just rotting away and there are sharp, rusty pieces of metal everywhere and nails just sticking out of the ground. Didn’t really want to change my tire up there. Also, you would only gain, probably 0.25 or 0.5 miles.
Posted By: CaptCO
Info: The road to Horseshoe mtn doesnt get much worse after the .5mi turnoff. I say you could easily drive to 12,500 if you made it that far in true 4x4, prior to the final switchbacks/steep section
Posted By: jordanthebuff
Info: After the Leavick site, the road gets a bit rougher. I think any car could make it to the main trailhead, but if you’re in a low clearance coupe or something, maybe consider stopping at the Leavick site depending on your comfort level with rough roads. It’s about 11 miles from the highway to the trailhead/gate.
Posted By: RickyDavis
Info: Dry to the gate, no trouble accessing it with FWD Mazda CX-5
Posted By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Forester was more than sufficient to take the nice long road up. All clear on Fourmile Creek until I turned off onto Silver Horseshoe Dr after the mine to try to make it up to the start of Horseshoe East Slopes (about 11,600’). One passable (narrow) snowfield on Silver Horseshoe Dr and then pretty close to route-description parking area there was an impassable snow field (or not one I would want to get stuck in, so I didn’t try). Plenty of space to park there, though.
Posted By: wolfgangstiller
Info: Road is clear of snow to the end (summer gate at 12,000 ft). Suitable for a 2wd vehicle if driven carefully.
Posted By: isu4life
Info: Road was easily passable all the way to the gate in an AWD vehicle (Subaru Outback). A few other SUV’s had also made the trip up. It did start snowing the day of the hike so conditions may have changed, but would expect it to be clear fairly quickly from melting.
Posted By: angry
Info: Made it all the way to gate at 12K.
Posted By: plasticman
Info: As the previous poster stated, the road is clearing quickly. I have the highest parking at about 11,700 now, about 1.2 miles past the mine. All thanks to the miner who cleared the road! Game on...
Posted By: Chelsea
Info: Road is now 2wd accessible to just past the Leavick site (~1.9 miles to summer TH) & 4wd accessible to the Silver Horseshoe Dr intersection (~1.2 miles to summer TH). Some snow remaining on the upper portions of the road, but melting fast!
Posted By: Mitsugi
Info: Road still has a TON of snow and is totally unpassable. They were clearing it with a backhoe but currently it’s a 3mi walk to and from the trailhead.
Posted By: plasticman
Info: Snow line is a few feet shy of 11,000’ for parking at the bottom most spur of the Leavick Road, about 2.9 miles below the summer trailhead. Just a reminder, in the morning the snow on the road is nice and firm. As soon as the sun starts to hit it, it turns to slush. Don’t be that person who gets beached and blocks the road for the miners and residents. A ways up, one of the homeowners is plowing parts of the road. If we have warm weather, access will improve. We lost a lot of snow in the past couple weeks but it’s still enough to hamper road access by vehicle.
Posted By: hogantheepic
Info: Road is closed to around 3 miles from the summer trailhead. Ample parking, slightly rough 2wd dirt road had no snow on it anywhere. Summer is coming!
Posted By: Mitsugi
Info: Road is still blocked by snow. Requires a 3.1 mile walk to trailhead.
Posted By: Tim Edinger
Info: Road is passable to 9 mile point (from junction with Hwy 287). Snow closure at that point. Approximately 11,200 feet elevation and about 1 mile skin to Leavick Historical Townsite.
Posted By: bmcqueen
Info: I got .8 miles farther yesterday than I did 2/29. There is still an impassable drift where everyone parked today (except for one young man who was waiting for his tow truck when I left). It was about an hour walk to Leavick site from here and my InReach still said almost 15 miles RT (but I added Gemini and White Ridge).
Posted By: Ryan1979
Info: There are mile markers on the side of the road that go from 1-10. I parked in between 5 and 6 just before a large snow drift. Cars and trucks parked here, no one went further. The pics are around mile marker 6 and when the road goes into private property. Even if you push further up the road, than I did, you’re not getting passed what’s in the pics anytime soon. Be safe and don’t get stuck!
Posted By: bmcqueen
Info: Still a long walk to Sherman this year. We parked 4.5 miles below Leavick yesterday. A few 4WD cars got maybe .5 miles farther.
Posted By: Altitude High
Info: Park County 18 is only plowed for four miles from 285. So that leaves about a 6-mile snowshoe to the Leavick site.
Posted By: amderr22
Info: The road is now closed 1 miles below the Leavick site. Looks like some of the locals have blocked the road further. There are a few 1.5 foot snow drifts to get to that point, but any 4WD vehicle with good clearance can make it.
Posted By: SarahT
Info: Road passable to 1.3 miles below Leavick for most 4WD vehicles. Some deep snow in sections but there are good tracks through it. Bring a shovel just in case. There were a couple of stuck vehicles that had slid off the road.
Posted By: Giralda1492
Info: Made it!!..... 0.5 miles from where the 8.5 mile trek starts. Was driving Chevy Tahoe with 12+ of clearance and chains for good measure.

Except for the last 4miles to Fourmile Creek the road is decently plowed. (1-2 minor snow drifts everyone got through)

4 miles from 4Mile Creek dug someone out of the drift who had been there over 1.5 hrs trying to dig themselves out. They joined up with us and we were able to get 2.5 miles further. Only 0.5 miles from the start.

The 4 major drifts were decently deep, giving us a bit of trouble but we didnt have to dig out. We decided to pull over once we saw a Jeep Cherokee completely buried past its wheel well.

While early section of road is a lot better, dont under estimate it. Saw another car that slid off the road only stopping on its way down the hill for a tree.
Posted By: Ptglhs
Info: Road is still in very bad shape. I got stuck to miles from 285. Right after I dug myself out, with help from a neighbor, the snow plow came through and said they were only plowing a little more ways up. I estimate it would take 7 miles of snowshoeing to get to the trailhead.

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