This popular trailhead provides access to all of the Crestone group's fourteeners clustered around South Colony Lakes, and also allows for eastern access to Cottonwood Lake.
Drive to the town of Westcliffe in the Wet Mountain Valley. Drive south on SH-69 for 4.6 miles where the road begins to bend to the west. Turn west on Custer County Road 119, also known as Colfax Lane, and head south for 6 miles to a T intersection. Turn right at the T and engage the increasingly rough road for 1.5 miles to the 2WD Trailhead. With a 4WD vehicle, you can continue up one of Colorado's rougher 4WD roads for 5.2 miles to the South Colony Lakes Trailhead.
The 2WD Trailhead is typically accessible year-round. Just don't go right after a snowstorm or something!
To check on road conditions, you'll want to contact the Westcliffe Ranger Station (719-783-2079).