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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    
2013-06-01 Road was open and passable with 2wd approx. 1 mile past the Leavick site. Made it just fine in a grand marquis. Shattuck311         
2013-05-31 Fourmile creek road is now clear to the parking lot below the gate. The last 1.5 miles is muddy with water running and on 05/31 a bit icy due to the balmy 24 F at the TH. Subaru type clearance needed for the last 1/2 mile. mikey         
2013-05-25 Road is generally clear to about a half mile past Leavick Mine and clearing very quickly. Warm weather had the melt going full tilt and I have little doubt that it‘ll be passable to the gate within a few days. Lots of water, mud, and ice, so 4WD is necessary beyond Leavick, but there were plenty of Subarus and other vehicles well past Leavick. docfrance         
2013-05-18 Leavick is now accessible, there are a few muddy spots just before Leavick and one spot where water is running down the road for a long stretch full width. Might make it a little bit of a hassle on 2WDs in the AM when the water is ice, but in general I don‘t think getting to Leavick should be an issue for anyone. One drift right above Leavick was driven through, but won‘t really save you any hiking, right around the corner the road is then pretty much all snow the rest of the way. Chicago Transplant         
2013-04-27 Road isn‘t plowed very high, however with a high clearance, 4WD vehicle we got to within a mile of the Leavick Mine site. Leopard233         
2013-03-15 The road to the Leavick was no issue yesterday. The higher parts had some slush from the warm temps so may need a 4WD high clearance. I drove in my blazer never needing the 4WD. Not many people have been up there so be prepared for some sugar post holing if the temps increase. MTGOAT72         
2013-03-05 You will need a 4x4 with decent clearance just to make it to the winter parking lot, let alone further up. The road is not bad at all, but there are some drifts that anything low clearance or 2wd will not be able to get around. seth0687    1      
2013-02-08 The road is open, all the way to the Leavick site. There are a few packed snow sections, but nothing serious. The last mile is snow-covered, but plowed. I drove there in my Ford Ranger 4x4, but there was also a VW Jetta at the TH. Mike Cormier         
2013-01-18 Drove a Jeep Liberty within 200 yards of the summer TH. An ice sheet blocks the rest of the way. Everything is plowed to Leavick. Past that there‘s a few snow fields that would probably stop 2wd vehicles. The 2-3? snow drifts are about 6" deep. No problem going through them in the AM but got a little slushy in the PM. Happy trails. ThuChad  2       
2013-01-05 Still clear to Leavick. Some snow packed sections on the road. No problem for 2WD. ceejay         
2012-12-22 On 12/22/12 the road was plowed all the way to the Leavick site with a small parking area cleared out. Past Leavick there were some clear areas and some areas with about 8 inches blown across. Most vehicles should make it to Leavick without a problem but will probably have a tough time getting past that. Ress_PA  1  1      
2012-11-25 On Nov. 25, 2012, the road is completely clear of snow and very accessible with 2WD all the way up to the top/trailhead. vxnguyen         
2012-11-17 Dry all the way to the gate. All snow is avoidable on the trails. winmag4582001  1       
2012-10-13 Drove to the gate in a four runner without needing 4wd. Road became icy at the gate, about an inch to two of snow starting around 11k or so. Left around 11am and there was roughly 2 inches of snow down to about 10k, but it was still snowing. Weenus         
2012-09-28 Dry road. Saw a Honda passenger vehicle make it to the gate at 12k. Gate was open/unlocked but I parked at the gate. COCindy  1       
2012-09-15 Rough 2WD, with mid-clearance (I was in a Cadillac sedan), to the TH. Washboarding starts shortly after leaving the paved road and continues through to the top, some areas worse than others, notably the 3-7 miles seemed to be the worst for ‘boarding with more rocky and rougher terrain after mile 7 but without as much ‘boarding. The drive was pretty as many of the aspens were already turning color so while the drive was slow it was enjoyable. I was able to make it to the 12,000‘ gate without too much trouble going slower and letting other vehicles pass. I didn‘t notice rocks of any significant size that were unavoidable. IMO, this road is in equivalent shape, than Grays/Torreys after the re-grading that seemed to be done there late July/early August. MrJohnnySpot         
2012-08-24 From the paved portion there is a lot of washboarding for the first few miles. Beyond that to gate there is not much change from earlier reports. Some softball size rocks but many cars had made it to the gate area. JJJR         
2012-08-04 No trouble getting to the gate in a Honda Accord. All potholes were totally avoidable, and there was some washboarding and several softball-sized loose rocks in the road (also totally avoidable, or moveable if not). It‘s not pavement, but seemed fine in a 2WD with normal clearance. colorajo    1      
2012-05-26 Same report; trail was dry but rough to gate. I will add that there were a number of courageous 2WD sedans that made it all the gate, so it is possible. However not something that I would try myself. glacierfox         
2012-05-26 The road is dry all the way to the gate at 12,000 feet. However, it is rough in some spots, particularly as one gets closer to the gate. Not recommended for low-clearance vehicles. esagas         
2012-05-04 Road is dry to gate...seems a bit rougher than I remember. I had an accord last year and I made it in that to the gate, but this year I don‘t think that I would have tried to make it all the way in an accord. I was in my CR-V and I had to go pretty slow at times, but it wasn‘t bad. eastend711         
2012-04-22 Road is snow free until the gate. Gate is now unlocked and a RAV4 made it within 1/4 of Leavick mining ruins. I imagine the road will be completely snow free within 2 weeks if there are no major storms. rleclair         
2012-04-10 Was able to make it to the gate closure with a 2Wheel drive truck. A couple of slushy spots on the way down but overall it was not a problem and I would think a sedan could make it up (just be careful with clearance and pick your spots carefully). Mtn Izz         
2012-04-06 We made past Leavick to where the 4wd road to Leavick Tarn and Peerless Mine splits left. 3 or 4 drifts across the road, but all had tire tracks through them. Probably still would want to have a little clearance to safely make it through the rutted snow drifts. We didn‘t drive all the way to the Four Mile Creek Summer TH but I imagine that it would be pretty darn dry all the way there since that is a south facing slope. geojed         
2012-03-25 Great road until the winter closure area. Non-4x4 or AWD will want to park here. Heck, even if you have 4x4 or AWD you may want to park here. I kept going into the snow and made it a couple blocks‘ worth distance before the tracks ended and I parked behind a Durango who also couldn‘t have gone further. No room to turn around with all the snow so I backed the whole way out in reverse in the afternoon after returning from the hike. The road is still very snowcovered past the winter closure and will be for a while so prepare to add all of the extra distance before heading over to the Shermanator (or friends). Tony1         

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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