At 13,432 feet, Sundog just sneaks into Colorado’s tri-centennial peaks as the state’s 299th tallest. Sundog’s Northwest Ridge provides a fun class-2 hike offering great views of surrounding 14ers Redcloud Peak and Handies Peak. Sundog also makes a great addition to the typical Redcloud/Sunshine day by providing a fantastic alternative to either retracing your steps back over Redcloud or descending the nasty, loose, scree/talus gullies into the South Fork Basin.
Silver Creek -Grizzly Gulch Trailhead is the most logical starting point. To get to the Silver Creek-Grizzly Gulch trailhead start at the Henson Creek Bridge in Lake City. Proceed south on Highway 149 for 2.2 miles and turn right at the San Cristobol Lake Road. Continue past the beautiful lake and proceed up the Lake Fork of the Gunnnison River. At 14.3 miles the road forks- take the right fork up the Cinnamon Pass Road. The trailhead is at mile 18.3 on the Cinnamon Pass Road. Ample parking is available and there is a toilet at the trailhead. Just about any passenger car should be able to make it to the trailhead.
Red Tape / Camping
No permits or fees are required to climb Sundog.
There is ample, free, unregulated camping at the trailhead.
When To Climb / Mountain Conditions
Summer and fall would be the easiest times to climb Sundog. However, I can't imagine any reason why it can't be climbed in winter also (provided that you can access the trailhead). For current mountain conditions contact the BLM:
216 N Colorado
Gunnison, CO 81230
Lake City Office
Lake City, CO 81235