4 (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
A few steeper sections but generally a gradual climb and fairly straight with only a few switchbacks.
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.
It would appear that the winter closure would be near or at the cattle guard, about 1/2 mile below the Grape Creek TH.