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

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Music Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,260 Feet (2886.5 Meters) Southern trailhead for the Rainbow Trail
Difficulty: Difficult
Length, One-way: 2.1 Miles (3.5 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Late Summer to Fall
Road Number: 119
USGS Maps: Crestone Peak, Beck Mountain




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General Description

Volunteers on Music Pass - 8.95
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Volunteers on Music Pass - 8.95
Less than 6 miles south of Westcliffe on Highway 69 is County Road 119 The road is paved for about 6 1/2 miles. At the junction, turn right on the gravel road and continue following County Road 119 for about 5 miles. 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.

Here you will find a parking area and dispersed camping sites. In the fall this area is popular with hunters. This area also offers opportunities for horseback riders.

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 5 miles. 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.

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



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Robert Warren (Westcliffe, CO)
Time of Day: Morning
Length of Time: 1.5 hours not including the hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This road is not really difficult except for a couple of slow, loose climbs and a bit of stairstep near the middle. The road does not offer views until near the top, and does not actually go all the way to Music Pass. The trailhead is popular with hores riders and packers, and can get busy close to hunting season, but is seldom crowded. The only really worthwhile views are attainable by hiking the trail west and uphill 1000 feet to the ridge top. From there the entire Sangre de Christo Wilderness opens up, and the access to fishing in Sand Creek Lakes is just another couple of miles on foot. A good place to stage for an extended wilderness hike.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Around the trailhead for The Rainbow Trail
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Music Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Southern trailhead for the Rainbow Trail and Music Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Good for horses
Yes
ICON Big Game Hunting In season
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking No bikes in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Only to Music Pass Trailhead
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Only to Music Pass Trailhead
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery V vistas from the top of Music Pass
No



Related Activities
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.

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:

San Carlos Ranger District, 3170 East Main Street , CaƱon City, CO, 81212, Phone: 719-269-8500, Fax: 719-269-9719

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