(WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.
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.
From the parking spot, hike up the road and pass the gate at 12,000'. Continue past the Dauntless Mine and up the road to 12,500' where there's a road junction. From the road junction, stay left on an old section of road that continues directly west. Follow it to a mining area at 12,800' and turn left to find an old trail that climbs south up Sheridan's rocky east slopes. Carefully follow this old trail to reach easier terrain above 13,000'. Follow trail segments up Sheridan's east slopes to reach the summit.
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