Redcloud and Sunshine Peaks is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake City, CO and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until September.
long trail, about 12 miles round trip. Trail rises gently for about the first half of the hike. You'll be in the shade of the trees for about the first mile or so. After you get out of the trees you hike up the valley into the basin. The basin still rises gently and has a lot of great views. Beware the false summit when you're in the basin. Once you get to the end of the basin it begins to switch back to the saddle. When you get close to the saddle, you will see the real summit. Once you get to the saddle it rises fast switch backing up the ridge. At the false summit it levels out for a few hundred feet and gives you a welcomed break just before the summit. At the summit you can see Sunshine Peak. The saddle is around a mile long and has some steep sections and some flat sections on it. At the bottom of the saddle there is a trail that goes into the basin to the west. There are signs that tell you not to go into the basin that way. when you get to the top of Sunshine there is a trail that goes off the other side down into the same basin, if you don't want to hike back up Redcloud this is a good route to take, just be carefull. The saddle between the peaks gives you more elevation gain than just hiking to the top of Redcloud, especially if you hike back across the saddle and up Redcloud again.
Easy but long ;)
Long but good
Nice way to bag two 14ers in one day. Not all that difficult. Just a walk up.
These peaks make for an excellent spring ski/snowboard. Starting from Redcloud, I snowboarded about 1000 feet down the east face. Next, I regained the ridge and hiked over to Sunshine. I snowboarded down to the saddle between Sunshine and the unnamed 13er to the northwest. A somewhat precarious ridge traverse puts you on the summit of the 13er. From there, a beautiful couloir on the west face gives you over 2000 feet of spring corn down to the creek, just a mile or two from the car.
Hiked at the beginning of August. The trail was beautiful and the view of the San Juans from the top is amazing. There were a few people on the trail but it wasn't as crowded as most of the other 14ers I've done. Made it to the top of Redcloud around 11:00. Saw some weather coming in but no lighning so we decided to push on to Sunshine. Made it to the top of Sunshine in a blizzard. Stayed at the summit just long enought to get a few pictures and a short snack. By the time we made it back to the top of Redcloud the weather was gone and the sun was shinning again. Saw a few marmmots on the way down. Made it back to camp around 3:30.