Music Pass Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, CO that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking.
Directions from Highway 69: Less than 6 miles south of Westcliffe on Highway 69 turn right onto County Road 119 and continue due south for miles on the paved road for 5-6 miles. At the junction, turn left on the gravel road and continue following County Road 119 south for about five miles. Shortly after entering the National Forest is the southern trailhead for The Rainbow Trail and the beginning of the 1 1/2 mile four-wheel drive portion of the road. The trailhead is at the end of the road.
I've hiked this trail to Upper Sand Creek lake probably close to 30 times in the past 17 years. Its my favorite get-away trail with a nice reward at the lake with good sized trout. Expect the hike to take about 30-40 minutes up to Music Pass with an unbelievable view, then another 30 minutes down to the creek crossing and about another 45 minutes up with switchbacks to Upper Sand Creek Lake. Its totally worth it. Great for pack camping to fully experience the area more, with a number of good campsites.
Lake elevation is 11,700 ft, so lake doesn't ice-out until late June.
Very beautiful area.
Awesome hike... Went Music Pass and Upper Sand Lake. Beautiful Alpine Lake.