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POWERJLRoute Climbed: Silver Creek frm. Redcloud Date Climbed: August 30, 1998  Sucess!
Yet another 14er!

Jeff Power

Brenna Owen
Posted Aug 18, 2005 11:16 am

JCantu1044Route Climbed: Silver Creek-Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 6, 2005  Sucess!


Jathan Cantu and Todd Schauer reached the summit of Sunshine Peak at 12:15 pm after descending from Redcloud our first fourteener!! The weather was overcast with intermittent sun and light rain most of the day. As we downclimbed through the talus field via South Fork Valley the sun and moisture made for a beautiful rainbow across the head of the valley looking down from Sunshine Peak. Another interesting scene was seeing the South Fork stream seemingly come out of nowhere from the side of a steep talus slope. You would think we were on another planet surrounded by the jagged cliffs and red peaks. Next stop...Handies Peak!
Posted Aug 8, 2005 5:08 pm

AndyRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 30, 2005  Sucess!


I hit Sunshine on my way from Sundog to Redcloud. It took me a little over three hours from trailhead over Sundog to Sunshine.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 1:12 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: June 3rd 2004  Sucess!

alpine master

climbed with old ickabod in combo with Redcloud. Cool hike.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 5:28 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Silver Creek over Red Cloud Date Climbed: July 3, 2001  Sucess!


We Climbed Sunshine after summiting Red Cloud via the Silver Creek Trail the day before Independence Day.

Hiking Party:

Michael Booker

Jennifer Booker


Steve Color
Posted Jul 24, 2005 1:33 pm

CWFryRoute Climbed: Mill Creek Route Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!


As suggested, this is a long day, and steep ascent over poortly marked trails. Start your day early so you don't encounter twilight on the way down and miss the trail (as we did for a little while). Rewarding, if long, day!
Posted Jul 15, 2005 4:54 pm

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: Grizzly Gulch - Silver Creek Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

Carried an sixty pound pack to the summit of Redcloud training for Rainier. Beautiful summit until Alpine Master told me he put a 5lb rock in my pack at the trailhead. Just to spite him I continued to carry it over to the summit of Sunshine Peak and back to the trailhead. A nice trip!
Posted Jul 14, 2005 10:29 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: South Ridge via Redcloud Date Climbed: May 30, 2005  Sucess!


11th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 3:22 pm

James CRoute Climbed: Mill Creek Date Climbed: July 9, 2004  Sucess!

James C

We had to basically follow cairns all the way up due to little or no triail. Long climb to a summit that has good views of Redcloud, Wetterhorn, and Uncompahgre
Posted Apr 4, 2005 7:27 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: North Ridge from Redcloud Date Climbed: September 3, 1986  Sucess!


A nice solo tour in the San Juans up the Silver Creek Trail, over Redcloud from a nearby car camp.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 1:15 pm

charles97Route Climbed: Silver Creek Date Climbed: September 8, 2004  Sucess!


Easy climb from Silver Creek. Double bagging of Sunshine and Redcloud #23 & #24.
Posted Jan 28, 2005 2:21 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: don't remember Date Climbed: July 1978  Sucess!

Larry V

Climbed same day as Redcloud, like most people. Climbed Handies the day before.
Posted Jan 12, 2005 10:21 pm

bakcastRoute Climbed: NW slopes, easy snow Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!


What a magnificent area!
Posted Dec 12, 2004 2:00 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: traverse from Redcloud Date Climbed: September 6 2004  Sucess!


nice high stroll along the ridge
Posted Sep 13, 2004 4:50 pm

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Traverse from Redcloud Date Climbed: August, 199?  Sucess!


Did the usual Sunshine & Redcloud combination. Nice day in the heights!
Posted Aug 10, 2004 2:12 pm

The Lower MarmotRoute Climbed: Up Silver Creek, down East Ridge Date Climbed: August 6, 2004  Sucess!

The Lower Marmot

Good climb under great weather. Summited an unnamed 13er and Redcloud before Sunshine. Many thanks to Aaron Johnson for excellent beta on Mill Creek descent; it came in handy as I bailed down the East Ridge due to a relatively late summit.
Posted Aug 8, 2004 8:39 pm

jrfRoute Climbed: Silver Creek (over Redcloud) Date Climbed: July 2, 2004  Sucess!


Ridge traverse was really nice and easy. Perfect weather the whole time. We spent about 30 minutes on the summit of Sunshine before heading down.

A couple of us took the 'Do Not Descend' route from the saddle instead of going back to Redcloud. My advice....go back to Redcloud. The route down is doable but certainly loose and dangerous. If you aren't experienced on dirt, scree, and loose rock don't even attempt it. In a large party it would certainly be easy to take a fall or get hit by rockfall.
Posted Jul 17, 2004 3:53 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: via Redcloud from Silver Creek Date Climbed: 07/08/04  Sucess!


What an amazing day! We saw some really beautiful flowers and met some nice people. The ridge traverse was really great. A mere hour (each way)! I didn't mind a bit! Often when we do combos, I stand at the top of the first mountain and think, "maybe we should just do that one some other day..." Today, however, I thought, "WOW! That looks close! No problem!" and I was right! I just really had an enjoyable day today. We had a GREAT camping spot the night before at the trailhead and I slept like a log...that probably helped!
Posted Jul 16, 2004 1:10 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Sliver Creek via Redcloud Date Climbed: 7/6/04  Sucess!

Bryan W

We left Redcloud under beautiful skies. The hike over to Sunshine took 1:10. It was a little more of a commitment than it had looked from a top of Redcloud. It was a pretty nice trail over to Sunshine and we finally made it to the top.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 11:35 am

RatballsRoute Climbed: From Silver Creek trailhead over Redcloud Date Climbed: May 25, 2003  Sucess!


Climbed this one last year on a stormy morning, last May. The climb itself was no more than a hike with post-holing, save for the last few, snowy feet up to Sunshine's summit, but I was gob-smacked by the obliviousness of the other people on the mountain to the threatening weather. I'm always surprised that more people don't get killed by the weather in Colorado.

I have a trip-report (long, as always) here.
Posted Jun 24, 2004 11:44 pm

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