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 Peak:  Sunshine Peak (14er)
 Route:  From Redcloud Peak
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  San Juan Ron
 Date of Information:  09/16/2011
 Date Posted:  09/17/2011
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Sorry, no pics. I can't figure out how to load pics directly from my IPhone. The trip up Silver Creek was uneventful, however, once reaching the ridge below Redcloud we began hitting 1-6" of snow on the trail and also began getting snow showers. This continued for most of the rest of the trip with windy conditions. The temps ranged from 28-42 above 13k. The trail up to Redcloud from the ridge was visible (for the most part) but generally covered with several inches of snow. The route from Redcloud over to Sunshine was similar to the climb up Redcloud -- the most snow was on the north face of Sunshine which made route finding a challenge at a couple points. We descended via the North Slope below Sunshine (sign reads "dangerous area") which was more challenging than usual due to the snow. We didn't use spikes. It did snow a bit more on Friday night and Saturday morning on both peaks so the snow totals may be a bit higher now. FYI, I have climbed Sunshine and Redcloud 15 times so I generally knew where the trail was despite the snow. SJ Ron



  • Comments or Questions
geology101


Snow flurries on Redcloud/Sunshine     2011-09-21 12:43:09
I was there on the 16th as well; there is a photo of the ridge up to Redcloud on my profile page. You must have been ahead of my group.


San Juan Ron


S/R     2011-09-22 10:14:52
Yes, that was us. It became interesting with the snow especially down the Sunshine saddle gulley. SJ Ron



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