Sunshine Mountain East Ridge is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ophir, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This is the easiest approach to climb Sunshine Mountain. Hike up the old road cut until it ends. Then pick up the primitive trail that will gain the East Ridge, and follow the ridge all the way to the summit.
Very fun hike. The trail gets hard to follow and can be easily confused with animal trails. But just continue up along the ridge and once you reach treeline, the remainder of the route becomes clear.