Music Pass offers awesome views of Tijeras, and Cleveland Peaks, also Music Mountain and the glacially carved upper Sand Creek Valley, as well as the Wet Mountain Valley to the east. The pass also accesses the Sand Creek Lakes Trail and the Little Sand Creek Lakes Trail. The pass is at timberline with bristlecone pines growing in the vicinity. Music Pass is named for the musical sounds reportedly heard here. To the top of the pass it is 4.3 mile from the lower parking lot ( 8.6 mile round trip), 1.5 mile from the upper parking lot (3 mile round trip)- 4 wheel drive is needed to park at upper parking, and then can continue to the Sand Creek Lakes.
If wanting to go to the lower Sand Lake it is a 6.2 mile hike (round trip) from 4 wheel parking to lower Sand Creek lake. 11+ mile hike from 2 wheel parking to lower lake.
Elevations: 1910 ft gain
Music Pass TH start 10,700 - the 4 wheel drive start
Grape Creek Trailhead start[masked] wheel drive start
Music Pass - 11,395 ft
Upper Sand Creek Lake - 11,745
Lower Sand Creek Lake - 11,471
So this is an higher altitude hike with a sometimes rocky trail.
The trailhead for Music Pass is accessed from Highway 69, 4.5 miles south of Westcliffe.
Turn off Highway 69 to the west at the sign for Music Pass and South Colony Lakes Trailhead. At the T junction turn left onto South Colony Road. At the end of the ranch fence on the right, you’ll see another sign for Music Pass. 2WD drivers should park where the Rainbow Trail crosses Music Pass Road. From here, walk 2.5 miles to the upper parking area, then another mile to the pass. four-wheel drive drivers may drive another 2.5 rough miles to the end of the road, just one mile below the pass.