From Johnson’s Corner, south of Buena Vista, drive east on US285 to the intersection of US285 and US24. Continue north 1.9 miles on 285 to the turnoff to the west for the Salt Creek Road (FR435). If coming from Fairplay, drive appx. 19 miles south on US 285 to FR435. Follow FR435 4.5 miles west to a junction of FR435 and FR436. Go left onto FR436. The road climbs up a hill by a couple of switchbacks and at 2.1 miles from the previous junction comes to another intersection just before it crosses the South Fork of Salt Creek. Go ahead and continue over the creek on FR436. At the next two intersections, stay left on what becomes FR436-1A, then right (according to a recent source who corrected our directions). Follow the road to an old mining area and probably park at or above the mine about 2.8 miles from the creek crossing. Check our map link for an interactive map.
On FR435, there are any number of at-large campsites and on up FR436. Up to the intersection of FR435 & 436, the road should be fairly easy. Once on FR436, it will begin to degrade until it becomes mostly 4WD single track. It was not too rocky but showed signs of muddy potholes.