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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > San Carlos Ranger District

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Music Pass Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters) Music Pass
Ending Elevation: 11,100 Feet (3460.1 Meters) Sand Creek Trail junction
Length, One-way: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1337
Usage: Heavy
USGS Map: Beck Mountain, Crestone Peak,




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General Description

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The trail is well-maintained and heavily used by foot and horse traffic. The trail functions mainly as an access route into Sand Creek from the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Range. It is especially scenic at the top of Music Pass, allowing views of the Wet Mountains to the east and Sand Creek to the west.

The trail starts at a relatively easy pace and gets progressively steeper to the ridgeline

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-October .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Have greatly enjoyed several trips beyond music pass. The valley beyond is a wonderful place to camp and fish. Relatively easy access to both upper and lower sands lakes. Upper offers excellent cut-throat fishing. Several trails in the area for hiking. Very enjoyable.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping On the trail and at the trailhead
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Grape Creek and Sand Creek; Upper and Lower Sand Lakes
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Music Pass Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Music Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Well maintained and heavily used
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Music Pass Road
No
ICON Mountain Climbing Tijeras Peak, Music Mountain
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Music Pass Road
ICON ATV Riding Music Pass Road
No
ICON Viewing Scenery V vistas from the top of Music Pass
Yes



Related Activities
Music Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road - Shortly after entering the National Forest is the southern trailhead for the Rainbow Trail and the beginning of the 2 mile four-wheel drive portion of the road which ends at Music Pass Trailhead.

Music Pass Trail - The trail is well-maintained and heavily used by hikers and horses. The trail functions mainly as an access route into Sand Creek from the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Range.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org

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