Music Pass Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Music Pass Trail is a 7.4 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.

7.4 miles
2112 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.

1 month ago

Really really pretty area, but just as a heads up, if you follow the GPS directions from the AllTrails app, it will take you to the wrong trailhead. It takes you up CR 120 instead of CR 119, which is (eventually) Rainbow Trail instead of Music Pass. You want to be sure to stay on CR 119 (like the "getting there" section states on here) and that will take you right to the Grape Creek campground and trailhead, where the 4WD road to the Music Pass trailhead starts. Have a great trip!!

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5 months ago

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.

5 months ago


8 months ago

Make sure to take your mosquito repellant

fly fishing
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.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Very beautiful area.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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