2 (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Only rough for the last 0.2 mile.
From Westcliffe, continue south on CO 69 and turn west on Country Road (CR) 160 across from the Centex/Subway Gas Station. Drive 6 miles on CR 160 to reach a fork. Turn right on CR 164 and drive 1.5 miles to reach CR 172. Turn left on CR 172 and continue 0.3 mile to reach the Forest Service boundary (and likely winter closure). Continue another 0.2 mile to reach the trailhead.
There's a house just below the National Forest boundary so the road is likely plowed to that point. BUT the land owner(s) have placed "No Parking" signs on both sides of the road in that area so parking could be an issue in winter. It might be best to contact the local Forest Service office for more info on winter parking.