Music Pass Trailhead


Range: Sangre de Cristo
Coordinates: 37.92481, -105.48767
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Road Difficulty

Moderate 4WD, long wheel base vehicles not recommended. Good clearance required. 4   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
A few steeper sections but generally a gradual climb and fairly straight with only a few switchbacks.

Driving Directions

Take Colorado 69 south from Westcliffe. Drive 4.5 miles and turn right on Colfax Lane. Drive 5.5 miles to the end of Colfax. At a signed junction, turn left onto Music Pass Road (CR 119). Follow the good dirt road approx. 5.2 miles to reach the Grape Creek TH, which is also the end of 2WD on the Music Pass Road. To continue to the 4WD Music Pass TH, drive straight through Grape Creek and continue nearly 3 miles up the rough, narrow road to reach the trailhead.

Winter Access

It would appear that the winter closure would be near or at the cattle guard, about 1/2 mile below the Grape Creek TH.
Status Updates 
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Some minor, inconsequential snow on the road. Consider it 99% dry. 4WD probably not necessary but moderate clearance is.
Posted By: boucry
Info: Made it 2.5 mi of the 3 total mi from Grape Creek up the Music Pass TH Road in a stock 2015 Ford Edge this morning, barely scraped bottom on three of the humps formed up for drainage management. Parked in the first snowy clearing at that mileage. Beyond that point, the road steepened and there was some snow, ice, mud that I preferred not to navigate. Up to 2.5 mi, the road is mostly dry, a few minor areas of mud and traces of snow. Plenty of pullouts all the way up the road that came in handy when we ran into downhill traffic. There was one stock Tundra that made it to the top parking area. Lots of elk hunters out in the area lower down along the Rainbow Trail.
Posted By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Agree with the post from July 4th. Would not rate this road a 4, more an easy 3. A few rocky/loose sections, but quite Subie-able. Much gratitude to the organizations/people who’ve maintained and improved this road. Twas a nice change from the 4WD roads I’ve been on lately.
Posted By: TheHikingTexan
Info: Looks like some recent work was done on the upper road. I had never been up there before but it seemed like an easy 4X4 road. Lots of pull outs have been plowed.
Posted By: 9patrickmurphy
Info: Subaruable without much issue to the upper trailhead, I think this road should be rated a 3, not 4. My traction control isnt currently working, and I never had to make any second attempts at obstacles, nor was it overly rough. Clearance and good tires are necessary. There were other Subarus and a CRV at the upper trailhead. Not a terribly long road either.
Posted By: Stratosfearsome
Info: All clear.
Posted By: CaptCO
Info: Dry to about .2 mile below trailhead near the dispersed site. 1-2 snow drifts in the way easy quick hike or if you have a Jeep rocking 40s you got it. Avoidable snow all the way up the pass, snow still holding on west side of sand creek
Posted By: rivrrapids
Info: Got to within 0.5 miles of upper TH. Road is packed snow and some ice. Obviously super muddy on a warm day. I was driving a ’00 4Runner with open diffs.
Posted By: piper14er
Info: I was interested in the snow conditions for Tijeras and peaks around Sand Lake. I made it to within 3/4 miles and 400 feet below the parking area at 10,300 feet for Music Pass. There was too much snow to make it farther. I hiked the 6.3 miles and 2500 feet to Blueberry Mountain (1311) and unranked Snowslide Mountain and Blizzardine Peak. There are great views from there.

Pic#1 is the road where we started hiking.
Pic#2 is a view of the peaks from the ridge between Snowslide Mountain and Blueberry Mountain. Snowslide and Blueberry sit approximately 1500 to 2000 feet above the Sand Creek drainage to the east.
Pic#3 is Blueberry Mountain at 12,005 feet.
Pic#4 is another view of the Sangre De Cristo peaks, looking north towards Tijeras, Milwaukee, etc.

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