A nice traverse from Redcloud Peak. Hairy snow conditions in the basin gullies made for an wet, on-edge descent.
Hiked in via Mill Creek...the most noteworthy scree I've ever encountered. Didn't hit any contiguous snow until 11,000'. ridges were heavily corniced, an ice axe was a must in short sections.
2/15/14- second winter hike of sunshine, w/mike. snowshoed all the way to sunshine's summit. set off an avalanche slamming a trekking pole into the summit's snow after returning from redcloud! really? the northern san juans have a very unstable snowpack currently.
3/8/08- finished off three years of nightmares with a winter summit of sunshine peak! summited with jamie, sarah and prakash on a beautiful march day. #25/100 winter
quite the change from a horrid weekend attempt of sunshine in march 2005. glad to have this one under my belt!
group of five a few years back linked sunshine and redcloud on our last day leaving the backcountry
I climbed the east ridge from Mill Creek trailhead. Then went over and got Redcloud before returning the same way.
First summited Redcloud then hiked over the saddle to Sunshine.
Started the hike from Silver Creek TH at 6:46AM and reached Redcloud Peak at 9:38. Started across the ridge/saddle at 9:55AM, back-and-forth by noon. Back down to the TH by 2:15PM on this beautiful autumn day in Colorado. My 34th 14'er....sweet!!
First trip to the San Juans. 5.5 hour round trip. Extremely windy on the ridge and weather was unstable from start of hike.
We only saw one other climber all day. Beautiful day with my husband and dog.
We went over Redcloud and climbed to Sunshine. It was a pretty easy ridge, but definitely a tiring hike back over Redcloud and down.
Lots of Snow. Met some buddies up there and climbed Sunshine and Redcloud in one day. Very Long Day. #3 and #4 14er Climbed.
Great day in the mountains. Descended the northwest slope. I don't recommend this unless you love 2000 ft of loose talus, but it saves you from re-climbing Redcloud. The talus was hell on my dog's paws.
yup. did it... with redcloud and handies that day.
Did the combo and descended the scree slope from the saddle....definitely steep and loose. A great day none the less!
Did the traverse on over from Redcloud, and enjoyed great weather throughout. A warning, however: Sunshine looks a lot closer to Redcloud than it really is... This one was my 20th 14er.
I shot over from Redcloud, took a little longer than I thought, but the ridge was a nice little jaunt over to Sunshine. I would really like to make one big loop going the standard way then from Sunshine go down and over "Sundog" and then drop down from there onto the main trail or vice versa.
Standard loop. Climbed Sunshine first via the saddle between it and Redcloud. Some loos crap up to the saddle but almost all the mountains I've done this summer have been on rotten slopes so getting sort of used to stuff moving under my feet.
Decided to go a different route since I had already done Redcloud prior. Not sure of the route name but it was the first time I got a little nervous on a descent. Great adventure!
Great hike, but longish.