Music Pass Trail to Upper Sand Creek Lake
ElevationAscent: 1,858' 566 m
Descent: -1,858' -566 m
High: 11,739' 3,578 m
Low: 10,690' 3,258 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“Hike over the saddle, into a beautiful valley, and up to a high mountain lake that is full of trout.”— Andrew Todd
The trail starts by climbing the first mile to the top of Music Pass on Music Pass Trail. You'll climb through the woods for about half a mile before emerging into a more exposed area on the way to the summit of Music Pass. At the top of the pass, take a few moments and head to the West, through the trees, and climb up the small hill that overlooks the Sand Creek valley to the West. There are spectacular views all around.
The descent into the Sand Creek basin is relatively steep, with some loose footing. Once you make it to the trail junction at the base of the hill, make a right to go up to Upper Sand Creek Lake on the Upper Sand Creek Trail. Or stop to fish Sand Creek itself, which has outstanding fly fishing for hybrid cutthroat trout. When you are ready to continue on follow signs to the lakes (stay right).
The trail continues another ~0.4 miles to another trail junction. Stay right to climb to Upper Sand Creek Lake. After taking in the scenery of the spectacular lake and enjoying the fly fishing in the solitude, return back the way you came.
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