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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    
2010-01-17 Just a restatement of Kevin‘s comments: I drove my Corolla to the nine mile + mark along the FourMile access road Sarurday 1/16 with absolutely no problems - 99.5% no snow until the 9 mile mark. I actually drove it another half mile or so but decided it was not a good idea - the snow quickly got deeper and softer than I was comfortable with. Four wheel drive will get you maybe another hundred yards. Alpine         
2010-01-16 The road is accessible to the normal winter closure near 11,100‘. A car with snow tires can make it up to that point, though I would recommend other vehicles stop where the deeper snow begins. There is no defined place at the end of the area an which to turn around. I spent over an hour slowly turning around at that location and significantly tore up the snow at the end of the drivable part of the road. Kevin8020         
2009-11-28 The road is still open to the gate at 12,000 feet. Was up there on 11/28 to ski Sherman and even a few cars were able to drive almost to the gate. BillMiddlebrook         
2009-11-26 Road is still open to the gate at 12,000‘. 4WD is required because there is a thin layer of packed snow above the normal winter closure. Drove my Suburban up there on 11/25. BillMiddlebrook         
2009-11-22 Road was mostly clear to Leavick...passenger cars would have no issues. We stopped at 11,600 for the Horseshoe turnoff, but could have made it to the gate with no problem in a stock jeep wrangler. Dad Mike         
2009-10-17 basically dry to just beyond Levick. Last mile had snow. 4WDs made it to the gate. The snow got slushy during the day. It was probably more icy the following evening. MountainHiker         
2009-07-05 Reached parking at 11,800‘ in a Mazda 3. Road is dry and pretty simple to navigate. Could have made it to the gate, but parking there was full. bblack99         
2009-06-17 Easily made it to the gate in a 2WD Ford Escape. Small parking area here. hfd73         
2009-05-17 Cleared all the way to the gate at 12,000 feet. geno71         
2009-05-09 Made it to about 11,700‘ and about 1 mile past the Leavick site. Good parking there, as the road is wide. Just beyond that point, a big pile of snow (ice in the morning; slush and melting snow in the late morning through afternoon). Farther up the road, there are many dry parts; just a couple snow drifts here and there. Aubrey         
2009-05-01 The road is blocked with snow about 1/2 mile below the 2wd trailhead. gregpeak         
2009-04-26 Closed at normal winter closure, about 1 miles short of the old mine. We started to drive on the frozen snow, but thought better of it after 100 yards, knowing that a thaw could make it difficult get out again in the afternoon. Ski4me         
2009-02-20 Road totally clear to 11,100, as described in the route description for winter. I didn‘t test it with my car; didn‘t look like anyone had driven past that point recently though the high winds could have obscured things. thunderinacircle         
2009-02-09 Road is closed 3.25 miles from the summer trailhead according to my GPS. Snow drifts across the road. Shad         
2009-01-20 Road basically dry all the way to normal winter closure. Brian C         
2009-01-04 Closed at winter closure about 1 mile below Leavick site. There is evidence that some have driven further but not much. Parts of the road are blown dry and others have over a foot of snow. Brad         
2008-11-09 Still clear as of 11/8, made it to the gate with my sedan without a problem. srichmon         
2008-11-03 Road was clear all the way to the gate as of 11/2/08. Our Toyota Camry made it almost all the way to the gate. jeremy27         
2008-10-13 Drove all the way to the gate today in a rented Chev Impala. plockey         
2008-09-21 Made it to the gate on September 19th with a 4x4 but all vehicles could make it. A little rough above the parking area. Scatman         
2008-06-09 Road is clear all the way up to the gate below the mine. However, you want to park at the lot about 1000‘ before the gate. I believe 2 wheel drive vehicles could make it up. Be carefull leaving though as the road is muddy with the melting snow. Now snow drifts to drive through anymore. skimrg81         
2008-06-08 Trailhead is mostly clear of snow all the way to the locked gate just below Dauntless Mine. There is some minor snow close to the gate but I believe a passenger car can make it. I had a 4Runner and made a track through 12 inches of snow on the uphill side. If you are not comfortable going to the gate, there is parking less than 1/2 mile from the gate that is snow free. At least as of this afternoon. Kzar         
2008-06-01 4WD vehicles can make it all the way to the summer trailhead now, only a couple short snowdrifts remaining; they are easily crossable if you‘ve got clearance, and they should melt fairly soon for everyone else. 2WD vehicles are still parking right at the base of the Leavick Mine. No snow remaining on the road at all until that point. Scanner         
2008-05-27 No change in winter closure, but that will change very soon. There are only a couple snow drifts between there and Leavick and at least one vehicle managed to drive through on Memorial Day. Phill the Thrill         
2008-05-19 5/18/08 Trailhead stops at 10,988, .8 miles below Levick Mine. Remember, the snow you can walk on top of in the morning you‘ll be postholing on the way out in the afternoon. Snowshoes are still recommended. Dustin Sullivan         

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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