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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    
2015-06-25 As mentioned before, clear all the way to gate at 12,000 ft. Drove a ‘93 Subaru wagon up and never once bottomed out. You‘ll make it as long as you‘re not a low rider. No facilities anywhere along this road, but plenty of campsites. Chipmonk         
2015-06-14 Road was completely clear to the Horseshoe Mtn. 4wd turnoff .75 miles past the Leavick site. I didn’t go beyond this, but it looked like the road was clear almost up to the high summer TH. Or, if it wasn’t 100% free, it will be very soon as everything was melting fast. Zambo         
2015-06-07 The road was clear for passenger cars to Leavick and we took our Subaru about 0.8 miles past Leavick and parked on the road. Small amounts of snow up until then--easy to drive through. The road was blocked by snow past that. dogfuzion    1      
2015-06-07 Road was in good condition up to 11.2 miles. A few easy snow drifts up to that point with snow coverage after 11.2 miles. WillRobnett         
2015-05-18 Road is clear to about 1 mile below the Leavick site. After that it‘s covered to the gate at 12,000‘ (with one dry spot above treeline, but there is snow coverage beside). DanielL         
2015-05-12 The road is fully snow covered around mile-marker 7.25, with continuous snow all the way up. Built-to-Last         
2015-04-04 You can drive within a mile of the Leavick site. I bet it is at least 2 -3 weeks (barring no significant snowfall) before a 4wd can even attempt to make it to the Leavick site parking area. The 2 people who attempted to drive on the snow today both got stuck about 1/4 mile up the road from where everybody else stopped on dry ground and parked. I walked passed the people who were stuck today on my way up to Sheridan, and they were still a long ways from getting unstuck when I walked back by them after my hike. My-Therapy         
2015-03-06 The previous report on the road is accurate but I‘ll just add a bit of information. The "End of Winter Maintenance" spot is 4 miles in from US 285, approx. 8 miles BELOW the upper, summer gate. A couple of high-clearance, 4WD vehicles have made it a few miles above the current closure but I wouldn‘t recommend it unless you bring chains. Link to larger photo: link Winter Closure Info Yellow = road to closure Red = 8 mile walk to the summer TH BillMiddlebrook  1  1      
2015-03-01 Snow covered starting about 1/4 mile up the road until the very end. The winter closure ( which I guess is just a sign stating "End of winter maintenance") is where it gets deep. I broke trail through over a foot of snow with my Jeep Liberty all the way to about 2.3 miles before the Leavick Mine site. Higher clearance more aggressive vehicles may be able to get to 1.5 miles before the site, after that its legit 4 feet of snow. The picture is where we parked facing east. jwagner  1       
2015-02-14 Easy drive up to winter closure in a 2WD low-clearance car. Some snow and icy patches, but those weren‘t a problem. A bit muddy when it started warming up finick01         
2015-01-21 I drove to winter closure at 11000 with no problems. When I drove out it had snowed four or five inches and it was snowing hard. Nelson         
2015-01-17 Driving with my Subaru Outback to the winter closure TH was not a problem, some snow and icy spots here and there. javy20040         
2015-01-10 Had to park 1 mile back from the large Leavick Mine Building. It‘s pretty obvious where to park as the road abruptly goes from gravel and sporadic mashed down snow drifts to a wall of continuous snow. Save yourself the digging and just park here. There will be no where to turn around or park after this. Besides... It‘s winter don‘t ruin the Skin Tracks! It‘s 4.6 miles to the summit via the South Slopes. Skied both ways continuous except for a dry spot at the junction and a 100 yards of Scree up on the face. Taillon75    3      
2014-12-31 There is a "No Winter Maintenance" sign on the Fourmile Creek Rd about 4 miles from 285. This is at the curve at the southernmost point of the road at about 10,100‘. The road was plowed to this point. After that, there were vehicle tracks continuing, but I opted to park my low-clearance car there, as the tracks looked deep enough that I figured I was likely to get stuck. The road was entirely snow-covered beyond that point, varying from a few inches to maybe a foot in a few spots. An Xterra passed me as I walked the road and managed to drive about 5 miles beyond where I parked. So, with 4WD and adequate clearance, one can still get close to the older winter TH right now. The driver of the Xterra was headed to his cabin and confirmed that the road was no longer being plowed past the sign. John Prater    1    
2014-12-06 Plowed to Winter TH at about 11000 ft.(9 miles from285). Everyone was parked there. Nelson         
2014-11-09 Road clear to the gate. Significant washboard the first few miles after Four Mile Creek turns to dirt. dash83         
2014-10-25 Road clear to gate. Beware of cattle guard where the pavement ends, it can be a hard hit. MountainHiker         
2014-10-17 Road is clear of snow all the way to the gate gregpeak         
2014-10-14 A bit of snow on the road but nothing most cars cant handle. Got a bit slushy on the way down about 11:30AM but definitely doable in most cars. somethingrandom         
2014-09-28 Drove a rented Toyota Sienna minivan all the way to the gate with no issues whatsoever. It‘s a long dirt/gravel road, but there were not many potholes and no issues at all masonpips         
2014-09-28 The road to the gate is really 2WD. A few rocks on the road may need to be avoided but I just took my Honda Odyssey all the way to the gate with 5 adults on board with no problems. xrcdrvr         
2014-07-19 Drove Toyota corolla to gate at trail head. Just swerve around occasional rock sticking up and take your time. Lute82         
2014-07-19 The road was very passable up to the gate. I was actually expecting it to be much rougher. The stretch immediately before the gate is a little rocky, but no deep holes or tracks to work around. Most decent 2WD vehicles should be able to make it with a little maneuvering. Several people had even driven through the gate up to the first mine buildings, but this isn‘t suggested because the gate is sometimes closed, and it really only saves you a couple minutes of walking. lpeabbles         
2014-06-19 Road gets rough but is drivable all the way in. If you have very low clearance watch to miss an occasional rock. EZSide         
2014-06-13 Trail was clear up to the gate. Reyven    1    

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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