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Pete CastriconeVia Redcloud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2017

Pete Castricone

Just under 2 hours out and back from Redcloud.
Posted Jul 2, 2017 10:57 am

MissHLotsa snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2017


Climbed Redcloud from Grizzly Gulch/Silver Creek via north face. Great snow climb while in the shade. Bagged Sunshine via the ridge from Redcloud. 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 3:52 pm

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

Garon CorizSecond of the Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2016

Garon Coriz

I walked the ridge from Redcloud with Kate, who was from Gunnison. We chatted on the summit of Sunshine for a bit since the wind had died down. The view down the southwest slope was amazing. I left the summit at 2:50 and reached Redcloud peak summit at 3:40. I can take briskly to catch up to the others and met them half way down the trail. We ran into Wayne about a mile up from the bottom of the trail - no luck with the tire repair. We returned to the TH at 6 PM.
Posted Sep 5, 2016 10:15 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 3:52 pm

schlegerFrom Redcloud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2016


Opted to return via Redcloud rather than down 13er Sun Dog as we weren't sure of the route. Turns out if you descend via Sun Dog there is a long stretch of brutal talus slope to down climb. 1/2 inch of snow dusting peaks above 12000'.
Posted Aug 18, 2016 8:06 pm

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


Wow, five more feet! Sunshine did seem to be harder ascent than Redcloud. We intended to go down Sundog, but the weather wasn't looking great and Sundog was looking rotten, we we retraced. A wonderful day though!
Posted Jul 7, 2016 12:39 am

yadahzoemtnWith Redcloud Twice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015


Redcloud, Sunshine, and back over Redcloud
Posted Jan 5, 2016 9:38 pm

SarahThompson3x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2004


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

3/8/08 - Winter ascent of east ridge from Mill Creek Campground.

1/2/16 - Winter ascent of east ridge from Mill Creek Campground.
Posted Jan 4, 2016 2:31 pm

ScottSunshine  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 7, 2015 7:33 pm

KesslerSunshine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015


Posted Oct 5, 2015 12:36 am

OnagerW/ Redcloud  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 8:59 pm

Woodie HopperFrom Redcloud   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015

Woodie Hopper

Nice trail along the saddle. Didn't stay long due to inclement weather nearby.
Posted Aug 16, 2015 10:08 am

Moogie737After Redcloud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015


#1 7-5-15 about one hour each way and worth it. Some of the trail is frustrating talus, but one can't have red carpet all the time! Fantastische Gesellschaft.
Posted Jul 13, 2015 12:10 pm

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 12:27 am

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


Up the standard route to Redcloud, then over Sunshine, and down via Sundog.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 7:52 am

chicagotransplantEast Ridge Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2014


East Ridge from Mill Creek Campground with shanahan96. Snow from the bottom of the road, but the lower slopes was not that deep and almost "spring" condition. Postholing in the upper trees surprisingly not that deep, but we kept snowshoes on all the way to the summit. Just under 12hrs RT including Redcloud.
Posted Feb 16, 2014 7:13 pm

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


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

MadGrad96Sunshine  Sucess!


Three in one day
Posted Nov 1, 2013 10:32 pm

alpineairSunny.  Sucess!
Lots of butterflys.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 11:23 am

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