Redcloud Peak

MODERATE 8 reviews

Redcloud Peak is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Middleton, 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.

8.8 miles
3,648 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking


trail running


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 Juans 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.

2 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.

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easy 14er

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.

1 month ago

Thursday, July 21, 2011