One of my favorite 14er hikes. Mid-sept is a great time of year to hike with the great temps and changing aspens. I stayed on the main trail and did the out-and-back from Sunshine; didn’t follow any shortcuts (seriously bad erosion happening and unnecessary steepness). My round trip clocked in at 13miles, 7.5 hours.

Gorgeous views of the San Juans! You can see Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre from both summits. Traverse from Redcloud to Sunshine was relatively easy with a well defined trail. Had to summit Redcloud again to return and there were a few false summits on the way back but the traverse was one of the easier ones I’ve done. Only took about half an hour each way to traverse. The entire trail was pretty gradual which made it one of the easier fourteeners I’ve done. Nice thing about this one is you can get two done in a day easily. Tracker logged 11.5 miles with both peaks.

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4 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. This is the first 14er I have done. I'm from Utah, and due to the high starting altitude at the TH, I thought this trail was a little easier than some of the 10,000-11,000 ft. peaks I have hiked near home. The trail is easy to follow and progresses nicely from the shade of trees, to the stream and meadow, then to the ridge. The final ascent to the summit is steep but nothing that requires special skills or daredevil attitudes. The views from the top were breathtaking. My dad also really enjoyed it, although he did not want to go all of the way to the peak.

Absolutely Stunning! The peak of RedCloud is a dramatic rusty orange landscape with nothing visible but mountains as far the eye can see (no towns etc). Feels like you’re on another planet! The hike is mostly mellow and meandering (for a 14er) but there are some steep scree sections near the top which are challenging, especially on the way down (especially in Chacos)! A long drive from the front range but highly recommended!

Last mile is the hardest

It was a perfect hike for my 1 year old pup and I! The weather was amazing and only had some shadowing clouds in the late afternoon! After the Sunshine summit, the trail down the skree was intense and was hard to get down with my dog. The trail down it is advised to look for cairns but follow the stream down and it should lead back to the trail. With this app's GPS I was able to find the loop's trail easy. A great first 14-er for the pup and I!

Great hike! Hiked it on 6/23 - snow free.

Typically if you do both you come back over Redcloud. We did not, and instead went down the Northwest Ridge of Sunshine. It’s a relatively easy route, but make sure you don’t descend from the saddle between Redcloud and Sunshine. It looks like a route and there are some faint trails, but it is not easy; it’s super steep, super loose and will dead end in a lot of places. We saw a group get stuck and have to climb back up.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Did this with my dad the day after Father's Day and it was absolutely amazing! Had to stop ever few feet to take a picture. Really breathtaking scenery

Monday, April 17, 2017

super pretty and a lot of solidarity! it was too windy so we can't walk over the ridge to sunshine, but the basin was super colorful

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Easy but long ;)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Long but good

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Long hike to the top. Starts out rocky and then gets better.Nice sunny day in sept. 2001-sept.

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Nice way to bag two 14ers in one day. Not all that difficult. Just a walk up.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easy 14er

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Monday, December 03, 2012

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2011

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.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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.

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