Fourmile Creek Trailhead


Range: Mosquito Range
Coordinates: 39.20575, -106.1622
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: CheapCigarMan
Info: Snow starts at 10,900’. I parked at 11,500’ but could have went further. A couple of vehicles made it to the gate. Pic was taken at the gate.
Posted By: topekaavenue
Info: Was easily able to get my 2016 Scion TC with 6.3in of ground clearance within 0.4 miles of the gate. Just go slow and choose your lines right when getting closer to the trailhead.
Posted By: Roald
Info: Still clear all the way to the gate at 12000 ft even after storm this week. I didn’t find the road bumpy at all by CO standards. Any Subaru type vehicle or even a car with above average clearance and good driver could make it IMO.
Posted By: alpinenut
Info: Clear all the way to gate at 12K. Bumpy rocky etc just like everyone else says.
Posted By: Ed_Groves
Info: I drove to the Mt Sherman end of 4 Mile Creek Road today and hiked the peak. Also, on 09/05 I hiked Horseshoe Mountain and Peerless Mountain. The road is decent up to the Leavick site. There are a lot of bumps and larger rocks slightly sticking up from the road bed in places but these can be avoided if one pays attention. Thirty miles an hour was comfortable in a few places. About 200 yards past Leavick, the road gets ugly with large rocks sticking up from the road bed, potholes, and dips crossing the road. I go very slow on these, even with 4wd, because I have to drive back to Missouri and don’t want to lose a tire balance weight, knock the vehicle out of alignment, or flatten a tire. After one reaches the left turn onto Silver Horseshoe Drive to drive up to the Horseshoe Mountain Trailhead, the road is very bad as well. However, both the road to Mt Sherman and Silver Horseshoe Drive are very manageable with four wheel drive vehicles. As an aside, a guy drove to the Mt Sherman trailhead with a Honda Del Sol today. I guess driving a two wheel drive car to the trailhead is doable, but I would not recommend it.
Posted By: matt9094
Info: I definitely recommend a higher clearance vehicle such as an SUV or truck. It is very bumpy, with ruts and holes everywhere that would scrape up a sedan.
Posted By: schumi248
Info: Hiked horseshoe today, and the road below the leavick site was much smoother than it has been, I did see the grader parked on the side of the road, and it looks like more got done while I was on the mountain. That was a pleasant surprise.
Posted By: eudyke
Info: Road to 12,000ft gate was rough for most of the 11 miles, but very passable for any vehicle. I did not need my 4x4, but you do have to maneuver around a few potholes. Parking at the 12k gate was plentiful even when I left the area at 11:00am. Overall conditions were very good! Note: There are no restrooms at this trailhead.
Posted By: benjamincolorado
Info: Confirming the most recent report - Fourmile Creek Rd is clear. Expect a bumpy ride, but you can make it all the way to the gate.
Posted By: wolfgangstiller
Info: Road is completely dry. Somewhat rough as usual. I won’t drive it without at least high clearance but a Camry and a Civic was parked at the TH.
Posted By: seayachter
Info: Road is drivable and open up to the summer trailhead gate. A couple small spots of snow but doable in a stock 4x4 truck.
Posted By: weakenedwarrior
Info: Similar status as the previous reports, AWD / 4WD can make it to the Leavick site.
Posted By: bludwig
Info: If you don’t have 4WD, don’t attempt. There are several inches of snow right now and you’ll be dragging the entire way.
I stopped at the regular winter closure but you can drive all the way to the Levick site if you have 4WD.
Posted By: merrion13
Info: Driveable to the old Levick mine, but there is snow immediately past. Don’t be like the 2 Jerrys who try to drive further and get stuck. Forecasted snow this week probably means it will be socked in again next weekend.
Posted By: Cygnus X1
Info: Furthest parking up the road is approximately 9 miles from 285. We parked 8.8 miles in at 10,900’ making the south slopes route an approximately 10 mile round trip.
Posted By: ni3pv00
Info: I had to park 3 miles down the TH. No vehicles but snowmobiles were able to go beyond that. I had my spikes and gaiters and that was good enough to hike to the summit. Not a lot of potholes but few areas I struggled. After the last mine i took a right turn to a steeper climb which goes thru a gully directly to the ridge closer to the summit. While coming back I took the standard southwest ridge. Weather was awesome today but windy at the ridge.
Posted By: benjamincolorado
Info: Road is snow-covered and the "stopping" point is about a mile to a mile-and-a-half past the Four Mile Campground sign. A 2WD vehicle made it to a pull-off on the left between a half-mile and a mile past the sign. Some high-clearance 4WD vehicles made it a tad further. But then it is just snowmobile tracks from there. It’s roughly 3 miles to the main TH and use of floatation highly recommended.
Posted By: soundchaser2112
Info: Just a note to other fellow 2WD low clearance vehicle drivers, technically you can make it to the Fourmile Campground parking since the tire tracks are dry enough, HOWEVER the snow between the tracks is deep and hardened enough to scrape the bottom of your car for miles along the road. I drove slowly and carefully but nonetheless stubbornly risked bottoming out to the frozen snow to get to the Fourmile Campground parking and it proved to be too rough for my little Kia Rio and it tore off the engine splash cover.

There is more snow cover after the Fourmile Campground parking but I saw some SUVs and trucks make it to the Four Mile Creek winter parking area (don’t go past here!)
Posted By: kalestew
Info: The road *looks* passable passed the winter parking, but it isnt- even in a 4WD capable vehicle. My Expo got stuck 0.6 past the parking area, its not worth it. Just park & walk the extra 1.75 until the drifts melt
Posted By: shapovalovm
Info: Made it to 11000’ on a 2WD with summer tires no problem, most of the road is bare dirt and rock. May actually be possible to get further (11600-11800?) on a more appropriate vehicle, but I haven’t seen anybody try.
Posted By: drop_bear
Info: Road is plowed and Subaruable to just past the Barco Mine. Didn’t notice anyone bother to go much further than this.
Posted By: BigWalk
Info: Snow is sparse, road was open all the way near the gate near 12,000, where a large snow drift blocks the road. 4WD probably required just before/beyond Leavick, with deep patches of uphill snow scattered.
Posted By: sdkeil
Info: Road is snow covered in some areas, but some people are making it the gate or just before the gate. AWD should have no problem with the current road conditions.
Posted By: wolfgangstiller
Info: Drove to about 100 yards before the summer TH (the gate). The road had pretty deep snow after about mile four and then after mile 8 got worse requiring a good 4wD vehicle with off road snow skills. We aired down our tires on our Tundra and the drive felt much better but others did not do that and made to the same spot. The last 100 yards are blocked by a huge drift. One Subaru Forester got stuck and had to be towed out about 3/4 of the way up the road.
Posted By: daway8
Info: CR18 was snow covered most of the way. Early in the morning there were only a few tracks and it was more or less a one way road much of the way unless you had a vehicle that could make fresh tracks in somewhat deep snow. Stopped at the Leavick site to do Horseshoe/etc but many went on towards Sherman. By late afternoon there were abundant tracks up/down the road and passing was much easier. 4WD road towards Horseshoe would not have be passable at all. 1.75mi added each way to do Horseshoe from Leavick (no good parking at the base of the 4WD road).

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