North Lake Creek Trailhead
1 (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
From U.S. 24 south of Leadville, take Colorado 82 west towards Twin Lakes. Drive approx. 18.5 miles on Colorado 82 to reach the marked trailhead entrance on the right. It's right before a switchback on the highway. Drive 0.1 mile down a dirt road to reach the trailhead parking area.
Highway 82 (Independence Pass) usually closes by November 1st for the winter. Once it's closed, this trailhead is inaccessible.