Sunshine Peak Climber's Log

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Wheelbarrow - Feb 6, 2018 12:15 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2017

#33  Sucess!

Highly recommend going up the Northwest Face and down the standard route via Redcloud. Did Handies via American Basin after for a very satisfying day in the mountains :)

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - Jul 2, 2017 10:57 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2017

Via Redcloud  Sucess!

Just under 2 hours out and back from Redcloud.


MissH - May 30, 2017 3:52 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2017

Lotsa snow  Sucess!

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.

utclimber - Oct 16, 2016 5:34 pm

Redcloud and Sunshine  Sucess!

Nice hike

Garon Coriz

Garon Coriz - Sep 5, 2016 10:15 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2016

Second of the Day  Sucess!

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.


jeffrawn - Sep 5, 2016 3:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2016

Cold, Wet August Double  Sucess!

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!


schleger - Aug 18, 2016 8:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2016

From Redcloud  Sucess!

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'.


wbass - Jul 7, 2016 12:39 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2016

Redcloud / Sunshine  Sucess!

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!


yadahzoemtn - Jan 5, 2016 9:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015

With Redcloud Twice  Sucess!

Redcloud, Sunshine, and back over Redcloud


SarahThompson - Jan 4, 2016 2:31 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2004

3x  Sucess!

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.


Scott - Oct 7, 2015 7:33 pm Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015

Sunshine  Sucess!

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.


Kessler - Oct 5, 2015 12:36 am Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015

Sunshine  Sucess!



Onager - Sep 21, 2015 8:59 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2015

W/ Redcloud  Sucess!

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.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 16, 2015 10:08 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015

From Redcloud   Sucess!

Nice trail along the saddle. Didn't stay long due to inclement weather nearby.


Moogie737 - Jul 13, 2015 12:10 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015

After Redcloud  Sucess!

#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.


telemarkdude - Aug 30, 2014 12:27 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2014

Redcloud & Sunshine  Sucess!

Excellent hike. Some of the best and most scenic views in the state.


ajberry - Jul 13, 2014 7:52 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2014

Down via Sundog  Sucess!

Up the standard route to Redcloud, then over Sunshine, and down via Sundog.


chicagotransplant - Feb 16, 2014 7:13 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2014

East Ridge Winter  Sucess!

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.


eferesen - Jan 10, 2014 3:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2013

Redcloud and Sunshine combo  Sucess!

Redcloud and Sunshine combo


MadGrad96 - Nov 1, 2013 10:32 pm

Sunshine  Sucess!

Three in one day

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