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Music Pass Trail (additional premeetup details to be determined by RSVPs)

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. 

From Westcliffe:
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.

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  • Roz

    Thank you for another Stellar hike! Great company, expansive views & abundant wildflowers. Milo & me had a super time. The upper lake is on my "must do" list!

    July 10, 2014

    • Cindy M

      Mine too, Roz! Gotta do!

      July 10, 2014

  • Colette K.

    Indeed, this was an awesome hike! Wildflowers, including bunches of columbines were abundant through the bright green meadows. As we approached the mountains, the scenery was incredible..patches of left over snow sprinkled the rock ledges as the peaks reached for the sky. We made it to Lower Sand Lake, where the pups cooled off & had a good chase. After lunch, we had a whole different view hiking back down the trail. We will have to try to make it to the Upper Sand Lake on another trip. Total ascent was 1814 feet over 7.25 miles, with starting elevation at 10,657 ft. Thanks to Taylor & Roz with Milo, Nadine & her Mom with Zoe, & Cindy for sharing this beautiful place with Ace, Toki & me.

    July 10, 2014

  • Cindy M

    WOW, just can't say how amazing this hike was. Wonderful big views! Awesome back country with awesome trail companions!!!

    July 7, 2014

  • Colette K.

    Hi. I think we will be able to make it to the Subway in Westcliffe between 7:40-7:50 AM. So Roz & Ann, we will meet you there. I'll stay in contact via text or phone, in case we might be a few minutes later than that. Looking forward to tomorrow!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Letslaugh

    I just won't be able to make it for just a day hike since it's so far for me. I realized just now I'd have to leave home by 04:15.....

    July 2, 2014

  • Roz

    Hey Gals, I would love to join you on music pass. This one was on my list of suggestions. Just can't do two days in a row...already on for the 22nd hike.

    June 6, 2014

  • Letslaugh

    I love this place and would love to go. I have a 4wheel drive Tacoma but unlike most people I don't claim to know how to drive it properly to make use of its great capabilities. Dummy me always let my 4x4 experienced boyfriends drive and failed to ask them to teach me. OK I'm ramblin on but I'd love to go if someone knew how to talk me through the drive or I could carpool with my crew.

    June 5, 2014

  • Cindy M changed the date and time from Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM to Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    June 1, 2014

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