Take US 24 through downtown Leadville to the southern end of town. Turn east onto Monroe Street and drive 0.2 miles. Turn right (south) on Lake County 2 (Toledo St). Follow CR 2 (paved) for approximately 3.8 miles to a fork in the road. Turn left on a 2WD dirt road and continue 3.0 miles up into Iowa Gulch to the trailhead. A total of 7 miles from US 24 in Leadville. The trailhead is unmarked - park along the road. Locate the trail (below the edge of the road) as it heads toward the creek under the power lines. From the road, you can see trail sections down by the creek.
Drive up the Iowa Creek 2wd road all the way to a small parking area (12,100’) where you should find the remainder of the road blocked. Taken from 13er Mt. Sheridan, Photo #1 is an overview of the entire route. Leave the parking area and walk east up the road (Photo #2) leading to the mines in the upper Iowa Amphitheater. Continue (Photo #3 and Photo #4) up to 12,600’ and look for an easy spot to leave the road, before reaching the first mine building - Photo #5.