3 (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Though close to the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch trailhead, which is rough 2WD, there are some large rocks and slabs that would be nigh impassable by anything without at least moderate clearance. There are no bathrooms or other facilities at this trailhead, but the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch Trailhead .7 miles east has bathrooms and a larger (though far busier) parking area.
From Lake City, drive south on Colorado 149 and turn right on Hinsdale County Road 30 toward Lake San Cristobal and Cinnamon Pass. Drive 12 miles to the junction of County Road 30 and County Road 35, bearing right onto CR-30. Drive another 4.8 miles to the Cooper Creek Trailhead. There is a small parking area on the left for 3-5 vehicles. The trail begins to the left of the parking area.
Closed many miles below the trailhead.