CR 162 leaves pavement a few miles off the highway and then you have two options around marker 1. Turn right immediately after Write lakes to CR 292 and the road roughens but it is much more interesting. On your left you’ll see Alpine lake and you will climb steeply. Low 4wd helps in some sections but it’s not a must. On the left, there are sections of steep drops so don’t lean hard on driver. Beware there’s private property on both sides of the road until you reach Iron City, the graveyard and the campground. Past that is beautiful St Elmo with its ghost town vibe and feel. Before the end of town turn right to follow CR 267. You’ll find a parking lot and a crossroads. TAKE RIGHT towards Tincup Pass Rd CR 267. Low gear and disconnects are a good idea. After about 100 yds there’s a trailhead for the CDT and after that you can camp roadside.