Sand Creek Lakes (mis?)Adventure – 2017

 

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Wildflowers along trail between Music Pass and Upper Sand Creek Lake

One nice and relatively easy backpacking trip is the one to either of the Sand Creek Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains when approached from Music pass. You will likely want a 4×4 to get to the trail-head as the road can get pretty rough in spots. We went the weekend of June 24th/25th, arriving at the trailhead on   Continue reading

Upper Sand Creek . . . for grouse

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I thought I might go back to the Music Pass/ Sand Creek lake area for grouse. Like, maybe . . . next year. Instead, I went back with Jeff this last weekend.

It was supposed to be a beautiful late-September weekend and, it didn’t disappoint. We headed out after work on Friday night and arrived a the lower parking/camping area around 9PM. It was quite nice, with warmer temps than   Continue reading

Music Pass – Upper Sand Creek Lake

Music Pass, Colorado

Music Pass, Colorado

A friend of mine went hunting up near Upper Sand Creek Lake last weekend. I told him I would meet him up there in case he needed any help. I asked around for people to join me and to my surprise Lisa agreed. This lake can be reached by hiking in from the Music Pass trailhead on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Range. From Colorado Highway 69, south of Westcliffe, head south and follow the signs leaving the highway to Music Pass. At one point you’ll get into a moderate 4WD road where   Continue reading

Music Pass to Sand Creek Lakes – Backpacking/Fishing

Music Pass

Music Pass, Looking West

Perception . . . . kind of an interesting thing. I’ve been backpacking into Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains since 1993 and that first trip was over Music Pass. In all these years my perception has been that it’s pretty dry down there. When I mentioned this to long-time backpacking buddy and former co-worker Jeff, he looked at me funny and said, “Are you kidding? It always rains here.”.  As I thought about the many trips, and most of them with my three sons, I’d have to admit, yes, it does rain   Continue reading

Music Pass/Sand Creek Lakes

This weekend (July 28,29, 2007) we backpacked over Music Pass and then up to Sand Creek Lakes . . . specifically, the upper one. The scenery is beautiful as is typical of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Joining Joshua, Luke, Paul and myself were Jeff and son Zach, and Steve and son Kyle.

(left to right) Paul, Luke, Joshua and me at Music Pass

(left to right) Paul, Luke, Joshua and me at Music Pass

The fishing was outrageous. Never have I seen and caught so many large cut-throat trout. We caught all of them on Adams or Elk Hair Caddis flies using a spin-cast reel and bungee bubbles.

No fish stories here. The trout were large

No fish stories here. The trout were large

Luke caught some nice ones

Luke caught some nice ones

Paul reeled in a nice one as well

Paul reeled in a nice one as well

Joshua met the challenge the following day

Joshua met the challenge the following day

It did rain quite a bit on Saturday afternoon and made getting the fire started a little difficult, but we managed to get a roaring fire and cook our catch.

It's tough to get all of them to smile at the camera (left to right), Paul, Luke, Kyle Zach, Joshua and Jeff

It’s tough to get all of them to smile at the camera (left to right), Paul, Luke, Kyle, Zach, Joshua and Jeff

The four wheel drive road in and out was and adventure all by itself.

The road had one

The road had one “high clearance” section

A great trip.

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