Over Redcloud and Sunshine, then down over Sundog. Descent facilitated by lining up with a snowy gully running down the N slopes of the Silver Ck valley -- avalanches had deposited a nice snow bridge across the creek. Agreed with Sarah S below: why would anyone schlep back over Redcloud from Sunshine when hiking the Sundog ridge turns the day into a nice round? Nice addition to a pair of otherwise rather lumpen hills.
I remember driving to Silver Creek TH and sleeping there alone. How things changed… it is such a crowded trailhead during the summer months now.
I did first Redcloud, Sunshine and descended via Sundog.
What a fun end to a great day. With Sarah and Deb.
For the life of me I don't understand why "Sundog" isn't the standard descent route for the Redcloud / Sunshine combo. Extra peak, min extra effort, no retracing, and this peak was the highlight of our day! Few others joined us over to "Sundog.". With Deb and Astroclimber.
After the road washed-out we were stranded at the trailhead. I didn't want to waste a day so I did Sundog as part of the three peak loop. Sunlight and Redcloud were repeats.
Climbed this one first, then Sunshine, Redcloud, Points 13,832 and 13,811 for a classic San Juan ridge-run.
Got this on a descent from Redcloud/Sunshine. It made a very nice loop!
Climbed 13832 and 13811, then over Redcloud to Sunshine and down Sundog back to trail. 6:45 RT
Hiked the three from the Silver Creek Trailhead with my girlfriend Meghan. The class 2+ ridge from Sunshine Peak to Sun Dog was the most challenging and fun part of the day.
Started at home, drove to Silverton and across Cinnamon Pass to Silver Creek TH. Climbed North Ridge and went on to Sunshine and Redcloud.
Followed Roach's standard North Ridge route on the ascent. It was so windy on the summit that we couldn't even stop for a break to celebrate Mike's 100th 13er. Descended the west/northwest ridge since it had looked dry and easy from the trailhead. We ended up having to traverse some snow slopes up high on the corniced ridge and were then treated to very loose, steep talus and crotch deep postholing below treeline. I definately don't recommend this route.
Climbed with Sarah and Dominic. Wind and some sketchy cornices kept us from repeating Sunshine, but this turned out to be a interesting day as we went down a different ridge and found some spicy sections. I wouldn't recommend our descent route though, too loose! This one was my 100th ranked 13er.
From 13795. 8:50 roundtrip.
with Ralph. I need more comfy boots/shoes, my toes were screaming.
I loved this loop. up Sundog to Sunshine and Redcloud see the
Summited at 9.36, en route to Sunshine. Impressive-looking peak, even though by & large just a talus slog (albeit steep- don't slip on the crappy rock!). Summit ridge scenic & enjoyable. Columbines growing there at over 13,000'!
This was a fun way to descend from Redcloud, Sunshine
See the trip-report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/redcloud_peak
Left the trailhead at 5:45 and was on the summit by 7:50. I highly recommend this as a great way to make a loop out of your Redcloud/Sunshine hike.