Redcloud Peak is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake City, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
An easy fourteener with dramatic color and a magnificent stream. Head west from the parking lot on the obvious trail. The first quarter mile of this trail gains elevation quickly, but the trail eases off after that. The trail will follow along Silvercreek past its headwaters. This creek is named very appropriately as it has turned most of the rocks bright white. Continue on the trail as it does a couple of switchbacks up to a small saddle. The next 800 feet of elevation gain is the steepest of the hike, but take your time on the switchback trail and you'll get there. Take your time as you ascend to notice the many types of rocks you are hiking through. The San JuanÃ¢Â€Â™s have a volcanic origin. The summit of Redcloud will remind you of pictures you have seen of Mars. The dirt is dark red, caused by oxidization of the iron in the rocks.
Long hike to the top. Starts out rocky and then gets better.Nice sunny day in sept. 2001-sept.
Great beginner fourteener. Have done much harder climbs with more exposure but was a great climb considering we had a group who had never climbed a fourteener that included children under 10.