First trip the San Juans a successful one!
Beautiful day, went on to Sunshine afterwards.
See the trip-report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/redcloud_peak
I spent a very intense summer backpacking from base camp to base camp between Leadville and Silverton and climbing nearly every Centennial Thirteener and Fourteener along the way (that I had not yet climbed) All told that was 40 peaks and hundreds of miles of backpacking in two months.
This particular mountain was special because my mom came to resupply me here and decided to climb Redcloud with me. The year before we had climbed Crystal Peak (13,8xx or 9xx)in the Mos-Ten and the year before that Parkview Mountain (12, 5xx) in the Rabbit Ears. Redcloud was to be her first 14er. No Elbert or Greys for her, diving right into the San Juans instead.
I made sure we got a super early start and could hike very moderately on what I found to be the absolute most pleasant class 2 14'er route in the entire state. I could spend a lifetime in the gentle bowl beneath the east side of Redcloud. It took us five hours to summit. From there I ran across to Sunshine and back and we then hiked down. The next day I hit UN 13, 832 and 13,811 along the same ridge.
The real mountaineering part of the trip began shortly after this climb as I got into the Grenadiers and Needles.
The straight forward trail was obliterated under 6"-12" of snow above 12,800' making for a great snow climb. Needed ice axe for the early morning ascent for safety on crusty snow on a few steep sections.
Wow, I was blown away with the beauty of this peak - definitely underrated in terms of how scenic it is. Steep stretch right below the summit makes you earn it - very nice
Summited in low visibility conditions. Continued the trek by heading over to Sunshine.
Started at 4am with my sister. Stayed with her the whole time until we reach above treeline.
This is a great scenery route.
Was going to climb Sunshine too, but I didn't have much time. Total trip is 10 hr... Sister didn't make it to the summit... I should have take off on my own earlier.
Nice day hike. Went on out to Sunshine. Did Handies the following day.
This one stands out as having been a very nice trip.
Summited by: Jeff Power, Brenna Owen
Jathan Cantu and Todd Schauer reached the summit of Redcloud Peak at 11:00am, our first fourteener!! The weather was overcast with intermittent sun most of the day, cooperating enough for us to reach Sunshine Peak around noon--our second fourteener. Soon light rain and tiny hail arrived, which came and went, 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!
This was the final summit of my Sundog-Sunshine-Redcloud loop. It took my about four hours to get to Redcloud via Sundog and Sunshine. I descended via the standard route.
climbed with old ickabod in combo with Sunshine. Cool hike.
Overall this is a nice trail. When we climbed in 2001 there was a large area of compacted slushy shnow that had to be carefully navigated. Yet, other than that one obstacle, the trail was relatively easy.
Finished Handies and felt I had to do some more so I went for Redcloud and barely made it in time, very windy at the top and visibility was dropping so Sunshine was not an option, fun easy hike though!
Nice to bag two on a beautiful day!
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 the Sunshine Peak and back to the trailhead. A nice trip!
After hiking the trail thru a modest herd of cattle (mooove cow!!!) grazing near the trailhead, which was strange to say the least, I followed the excellent trail up to the NE Ridge under beautiful blue skies. I continued over to Sunshine and returned from the saddle between the two.
Climbed same day as Sunshine, like most people. Climbed Handies the day before.