|Peak:||Sunshine Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||04/01/2011|
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Bill Middlebrook, 14ers.com
Road to Mill Creek Campground is bare. Looked like the road was bare for a ways past MCC, but no idea how far those conditions continued. Route was astonishingly bare of snow until quite a ways up. Did not even take the snowshoes, and didn't require them. Snow just below and above treeline was bootable, used microspikes but didn't require them. Trail was fairly easy to follow until snow cover - followed some old tracks to treeline. Postholing was fairly annoying on the way down below treeline thanks to the day's warm temperatures - deep and random. I could get away with several steps on solid enough snow, then the next step I'd be waist deep in it. Fortunately, it's a relatively short section.
Image 1: Sunshine from the east ridge
Image 2: Redcloud from Sunshine
Image 3: Sunshine from Redcloud
Image 4: Handies
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