Music Pass Trail

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Music Pass Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
793 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


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.

5 days ago

So, the trail head on this one is misleading as there are 2. We parked at the LOWER TH and this will add 2 miles each way to your hike. The lower trail/road is not marked very well, we only saw 1 arrow pointing the way. The upper TH is apparently 2 miles or so up the road, we never got that far. The road is a 4X4 trail and looked a bit rough. We saw a newer Ford Explorer go up but I would not venture up this one in my truck. We came across a very nice guy in a jeep (at our turn around point) who said we were half way to the upper TH, even though we were 2.5 in?? We did decide to return to the car as we had some time constraints. This was a beautiful hike none the less. We are hoping to head back up on 4 wheelers and find the upper TH and the true trail. The elevation gain and distance listed are most likely from the upper TH and not the lower one. The climb up the first leg has steep areas and will make the heart pump but is not bad. There is a restroom at the lower TH and is clean for the most part.

2 months ago

Beautiful up top, easy hike too.

4 months ago

will definitely be back!!! would love to camp at the top sometime. gorgeous in the fall!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Absolutely beautiful views at the top of the pass. Unfortunately unable to make it to the lakes as the spring run off made the creek crossing impassable. Still quite a bit of snow on the trail as well. Made it a bit more difficult but worth it in the end. We went June 7th. Definitely going back later in the summer. Another tip - you need high clearance 4wd to get to the trail head. There is a lower parking area if you don't have 4wd but adds to the hike time. And no Mountain bikes are allowed. Not sure why.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Make sure to take your mosquito repellant

Friday, August 19, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Very beautiful area.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Awesome hike... Went Music Pass and Upper Sand Lake. Beautiful Alpine Lake.

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