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charmsRoute Climbed: Silver Creek Date Climbed: August 2, 2003  Sucess!


My wife and I opted to take the standard route as we were doing a three day peak bagging marathon and needed an easy day to recover from only getting four hours of sleep. It was an easy hike up to Redcloud, but it got a little stormy as we reached the first saddle. At the first sound of thunder, my wife and I hung out on the east side of the ridge waiting for the sky to clear. We watched as a line of 15 to 20 hikers continued up the route like a line of ants mindlessly following each other into danger. Luckily, the clouds broke, and nobody got struck by lightning. We made the summit under blue skys, but with lightning striking adjacent peaks.
Posted Aug 5, 2003 8:39 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Silver Creek Date Climbed: July 17, 2003  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Stormed off day before, then tried again and made it the next day with Sunshine
Posted Jul 27, 2003 10:39 pm

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge (standard) Date Climbed: July 5, 2003  Sucess!


Started early in the morning and caught the sunrise from just below Redcloud. This is a straightforward but very scenic route. The weather was perfect: warm and calm. I made the obligatory traverse to Sunshine Peak after summitting Redcloud.
Posted Jul 12, 2003 11:59 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


The Handies Group is a real good intro to hiking the Lake City area of the San Juans. Redcloud was easy but fun. I realllly like the town of Lake City, I will go back.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:48 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Silver Creek - 10,400 Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2001  Sucess!


The hike to the saddle (13,000’) was pretty easy. From the saddle I could see Redcloud Peak for the first time. This was the toughest part of the hike it was 800 feet of vertical in about a half mile although it wasn’t that tough. Once on the red summit I could see Sunshine Peak for the first time and the way the clouds were looking if I didn’t get going I might run into problems on the way back so off I went.

I would say that if you wanted to do two easy fourteeners in one day these would be on the top of my list.

Posted Feb 4, 2003 12:56 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: October 12, 2002  Sucess!


Did not encounter snow until we reached the end of the basin at 12,000. The route up to the saddle and remaining ridgeline was snow covered. The snow was mostly frozen, but did posthole a few times.

Encountered high winds at the summit, and the temps were extremely cold. Due to amount of snow and temps we opted to forgo Sunshine this time.

Posted Oct 14, 2002 8:16 am

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: August 7 1999  Sucess!


Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:30 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Nice mountain, but it was poor visibility due to wildfire-caused haze. Also did Sunshine.
Posted Jul 5, 2002 4:40 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Silver Creek Trailhead to North Slope Date Climbed: July 4, 1996  Sucess!


This was a beautiful climb what with the wild flowers and all. As you climb that steep scree to the summit, turn around and watch as Uncompahgre comes into view over the ridge. A great scenic mountain. I didn't climb Sunshine this time because the thunder storms were starting.
Posted Jun 27, 2002 10:56 pm

tedde1Route Climbed: along the ridge Date Climbed: july 5, 2001  Sucess!
Fantastic walk along the ridge in the snow, went down via the talus slopes and snow fields, a little tricky picking the route from above, then bushwacked to the river and rejoined the main trial.
Posted Mar 27, 2002 2:40 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard w/Sunshine Date Climbed: October 2001  Sucess!


Great Area
Posted Jan 16, 2002 7:59 am

naderRoute Climbed: Silver Creek Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!


Colorful Climb
Posted Dec 26, 2001 4:08 pm

miztflipRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 20, 2000  Sucess!


Did along with Sunshine. Not much more than a stroll but very scenic.
Posted Aug 21, 2001 3:43 pm

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: NESlopes-Silver Creek Date Climbed: 7/23/01  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Beautiful on top...very red soil...great views of other San Juan peaks!
Posted Aug 16, 2001 11:43 am

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge to Sunshine Date Climbed: 7/17/00  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Straightforward hike...combined with Sunshine...lot of rain and lightning early in the morning and throughout the day.
Posted Aug 1, 2001 8:45 am

thepluggerRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch Date Climbed: August of '97  Sucess!


Husband, Jay, and I did this one in combination with Sunshine. We managed to get to the summit just before the storm, and went back the same way we came, over Sunshine.
Posted Jul 31, 2001 9:33 pm

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge from Silver Creek Trailhead  Sucess!


Nice hike traversed to Sunshine.
Posted Jul 30, 2001 12:31 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge from Silver Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: July 23,2001  Sucess!


A nice climb followed by the summit ridge trail to Sunshine Peak.
Posted Jul 30, 2001 8:56 am

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