1 (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)2WD
paved to the trailhead turn-off.
dirt in the trailhead parking area.
From U.S. 24 south of Leadville, take Colorado 82 (Independence Pass) west toward Twin Lakes. Drive about 10.5 miles and turn right into the signed trailhead. When approaching the area of the turn-off, slow down because it's hard to see the turn. After pulling into the TH, the trail starts behind the first two parking spots on the right. Overall, there is parking for about a dozen vehicles.
Closed in winter, but you may be able to park along CO Highway 82.