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Pete CastriconeStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2017

Pete Castricone

One foot in front of the other. Windy, sunny day.
Posted Jul 2, 2017 10:55 am

MissHLotsa snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2017


Climbed from Grizzly Gulch/Silver Creek via north face. Great snow climb while in the shade. Bagged Sunshine via the ridge. Aptly named as the snow warmed up under the intense sunshine. Postholing was a fair price to pay for the fun glissades.
Posted May 30, 2017 3:51 pm

utclimberRedcloud and Sunshine  Sucess!
Nice hike
Posted Oct 16, 2016 5:34 pm

Garon CorizWild Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2016

Garon Coriz

We started at 6:30 AM but due to a flat tire we had to return to camp. A nice guy from Lake Comity helped us change the tire on the truck. Wayne had to go to Lake City to find a new tire. The rest of us ended up starting the hike at 8:30 AM. We nearly turned around halfway up due to the wind and also a cloudburst over Handies Peak that gave us some light hail lasting a couple minutes. We pressed on and made it to the summit at 1 PM despite the strong winds. Cree and I were first. I went on to tag Sunshine Peak. Cree waited for Liz. Shade and Nizhoni didn't quite make it to the summit. I turned around to see Cree and Liz leave the summit when I was at the saddle between the two 14ers.
Posted Sep 5, 2016 10:13 pm

jeffrawnCold, Wet August Double  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2016


Hike through the basin was nice. Wind, clouds and rain picked up on the switchbacks. Didn't even stop for a photo on Redcloud; just kept walking out towards Sunshine. But there were only clouds and wind, getting colder by the minute. Visibility at both summits only 40'. Sleet (horizontal, but fortunately at our backs) started on return to Redcloud. Soaked through, I was glad not to get hypothermic. Sun finally peaked out last 30 minutes of hike!
Posted Sep 5, 2016 3:47 pm

schlegerEarly start  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2016


Started at 3:30am / submitted Redcloud and Sunshine / began going down as the clouds thickened. Back at TH by 12:30 with numerous short breaks up and down. My first real "double" of the 14ers. (for some reason DECALIBRON - Mt. Democrats, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross does not seem to count!) If your thinking of bagging two 14ers, this combo is ideal. it's long at 12.25 miles though. The trail is a essentially a walk-up / some switchbacks / but no real joint-jarring boulder hopping. Easy to see the trail in dark with headlamp.
Posted Aug 18, 2016 8:19 pm

wbassRedcloud / Sunshine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2016


We climbed both together and in reverse. It was not our intention to climb Redcloud twice, and we were going to do the descent via Sundog, but we weren't sure about the weather and Sundog was looking a tad bit rotten (as the San Juans can be). Nevertheless, spending all that time meandering the alpine scenery was just fine.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 12:36 am

yadahzoemtnWith Sunshine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015


Redcloud, Sunshine and back over Redcloud
Posted Jan 5, 2016 9:37 pm

SarahThompson3x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2004


9/5/04 - Standard route with Sunshine after a big Labor Day weekend snow. Got snowblindness very badly. Lesson learned!

3/8/08 - Winter ascent over Sunshine from Mill Creek Campground.

1/2/16 - Winter ascent over Sunshine from Mill Creek Campground.
Posted Jan 4, 2016 2:32 pm

ScottRedcloud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015


Kessler and I climbed Redcloud and Sunshine Peaks. We got a late start and moved quickly, climbing Redcloud in about two and a half hours. We hiked the ridge to Sunshine Peak and came down the Sundog Ridge. Kessler wasn't feeling well, so we bailed off the ridge early. There was a lot of scree and one 5th class downclimb, so it may have been better if we had just stayed on the ridge. The two peaks took six hours round trip.
Posted Oct 8, 2015 7:29 pm

KesslerRedcloud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015


Posted Oct 5, 2015 12:37 am

OnagerVia Grizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2015


Hiked 14,034 ft. Redcloud Peak and 14,001 ft. Sunshine Peak on Saturday and then 14,048 ft. Handies Peak on Sunday. So far I've climbed 35 Colorado Fourteeners!
On Saturday I drove to the Grizzly Gulch trailhead and car camped. I hit the trail around 5AM and quickly hiked through the woods to treeline. I gained the ridge to Redcloud and made the summit around 9AM. I then hiked down to a col and then up again towards Sunshine, arriving at the summit by 10. This added over 2 1/2 miles to the trip and an extra 1000 ft. of overall elevation but it was well worth it because I beat the crowds and had the summit to myself. I then backtracked up the trail to Redcloud and headed back to the trailhead, which I arrived at by 1PM. From the trailhead I drove west towards American Basin and spent the night at the trailhead.
Posted Sep 21, 2015 8:58 pm

fallonclimbsGreat 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2015


Fun day hike up Redcloud! Hail storm on the summit.
Posted Sep 9, 2015 12:18 am

Woodie HopperSilver Creek   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015

Woodie Hopper

Climbed with Sunshine; reclimbed on the way out. Also did two un-named Centennial 13ers earlier the same day.
Posted Aug 16, 2015 9:46 am

telemarkdudeRedcloud & Sunshine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2014


Excellent hike. Some of the best and most scenic views in the state.
Posted Aug 30, 2014 12:26 am

ajberryDown via Sundog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2014


Standard route, over to Sunshine, and then down over Sundog.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 7:50 am

mdandersonGood weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2011


I climbed Redcloud on 7/7/11 and the weather was great. This was my 2nd 14er and the first time that I have done this much elevation gain in my life. I am 53yrs old and it took quite a bit out of me. I live in Texas so I had to acclimate a few days before. I arrived in Lake City on 7/3/11 and I did a couple of hikes to get ready for this.

I started at about 7:20am and made it to the summit at around 10:45am. There were about 5 or so snowfields to cross which was a pain but I managed. It was harder to get across them on the way down because the snow was softer by then. I passed about 4 or 5 people on the way up and I was the second one on top that day according to the register on top of the peak. I really like the way the peak looks on top with the red color. I did not spend very long on top, just about 10-15 minutes. I wanted to get down asap in case the weather got bad. I did have to take care of a couple of blisters on the way to the top. The view was spectacular on top and I am glad I did not quit about 3/4ths of the way up because I was really spent. Thanks for reading.
Posted May 15, 2014 8:31 pm

chicagotransplantWith Sunshine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2014


South ridge via Sunshine in winter with shanahan96. Coming off Sunshine was a little tricky with some icy snow then loaded slopes that required sticking directly to the ridge, including navigating a notch. Saddle to Redcloud snow on the tral but the rocks were dry.
Posted Feb 16, 2014 7:15 pm

eferesenRedcloud and Sunshine   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2013


Redcloud and Sunshine combo
Posted Jan 10, 2014 3:39 pm

MadGrad96Red Cloud  Sucess!


Three in one day
Posted Nov 1, 2013 10:33 pm

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