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|2016-10-02||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: We climbed Redcloud and Sunshine. It was a wonderful hike. The road to Silver Creek-Grizzly Gulch trailhead could be traveled by any vehicle. There was some snow above tree line, but not enough to slow our progress. The wind was moderate to light. Temperatures ranged from 32°F at the start of the hike to 37°F at the summits of Redcloud and Sunshine to 50°F at the end of the hike (trailhead). The day began with clear skies, but became partly cloudy by noon.
|2016-09-03||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Wonderful climb up Redcloud to report. The entire trail is very clear. There is plenty of water still running for those of you who filter your water on the trail. The weather is still hovering around the usual summer cycle of early afternoon thunderstorms, or snow if it's cold enough. At 5:30 it was bright enough to follow the trail without a light and about 40° at the trailhead. There is no snow anywhere on the trail as of yet, and I wouldn't expect any of note until at least the end of September. All the passes in the area appeared to be open.
|2016-08-28||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: 4-5 inches of day old snow... Started at 6:30... 5 hours to Sunshine via Redcloud... 2 hours down... 7 hours RT I prefer hiking warm and dry but there really was not enough snow to slow me down.
|2016-07-14||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Clear day, very windy, ran out of water. 4 liters not enough to bag both peaks - 12 miles RT - filtered from creek on return hike
|2016-06-30||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Hiked from the Silver Creek TH. No snow on the trail and the trail is mostly dry with a few wet spots where the creek floods out of its banks, but one can rock hop over these areas to keep your feet dry. Full summer conditions on the mountain. I descended from the saddle near Sunshine. It is all loose scree, gravel and talus from the saddle down into the basin so tread very carefully if you are with others. The climbers trail that descends this valley can be found at the bottom and takes you all the way back to the main trail with only a few short snow patches to cross.
|2016-06-26||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Lots of water running down certain parts of the trail but nothing deep. There are a few unavoidable snowfields in the basin but they're firm in the early morning progress to mushier conditions as the day progresses. Trail to summit is clear. Traverse to SS is clear.
|2016-06-19||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Echoing what rezvani2 said: no need for traction or flotation. Try your best to follow the trail, even over the very few snow patches, though, to avoid braided trail syndrome. The traverse over to Sunshine can also be done with very, very minimal touching of the snow patches. Nearing summer conditions.
|2016-06-18||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: We hiked Red Cloud and Sunshine combo. We did not need snowshoes, gaiters, or crampons. The trail is almost clear all the way up. Just small patches of snow. Just be ware of porcupine activity in the trailhead.
|2016-06-16||Route: From Sun Dog and then Sunshine
Info: I climbed Sunshine and Red Cloud via the 13er Sun Dog to make for a lovely cirque. To go up Sun Dog I cut off the standard route trail about 1.4 miles in and had to navigate across the raging creek. I made my way through the trees to Sun Dogs ridge, summited, and headed over to Sunshine. The snow up until Sunshine was firm and actually helped me move quickly. In between Sunshine to Red Cloud there is a large section of nasty steep snow. I could not see from the Sunshine side if I could safely crawl on the ridge next to it, so I chose to cross the entire thing. It was rotting, super slick, and about 20 feet before the end I punched through to my shoulders. Extracting myself was fun. You do not need to traverse this section of snow, the ridge above does go but I could not see that because I did not take the standard route up. From Red Cloud down it is smooth sailing. I glissaded about 1000 feet of really soft wet snow right to the trail! The Red Cloud basin is a sight to be seen!
|2016-06-10||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: There is unavoidable deep rotten snow between 12,700 and 12,900 in the basin. I started early (4:30) and the snow was quite firm and supporting. On the way down I used snow shoes and this did the trick. I saw several people without snowshoes turn around here. I saw several people without snowshoes wallowing waist deep. Apart from this band you need no snow equipment. As you go up the east face there is a snow filed covering the new trail. This snow is rotten. You can stay on the dirt climber's left and you will have no problems.
|2016-06-03||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Did the Redcloud/Sunshine combo in a clockwise loop and dropped off the saddle between Sunshine and Redcloud. It took 3hr50min to summit Redcloud, reached the summit of Sunshine in 5hr15min and was back at the trailhead at the 8hr45min mark. Recommend traction for going up Sunshine. No floatation required. Trail was pretty dry all the way up Redcloud and most of the way over to Sunshine. Snow is melting fast, but there are still a few thin lines to ski off Redcloud.
|2016-05-31||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Trail is dry to about 12-12.2k, skin-able from there to the saddle, ridge to summit has dry, muddy and snow-covered sections. Summit ski line is still in down to about 12,000 ft, albeit skinny at the top. Could be longer with some billy-goating down in the creek bed. Snow in the basin started softening around 9:30 am, but didn't need any flotation until late morning. Afternoon it was very punchy, even with skis on.
|2016-05-30||Route: Southern Plateau/Ridge
Info: Continued from Sunshine to Redcloud Peak. All sorts of decent to the East. We descended the NE. Ridge to the NE Slopes. The western slopes to the N. gully of Sunshine are continuous to valley bottom, however not off the summit. We didn't get a good look at the Northern Slopes, but there seem to be lines. Wether or not they connect to the N. ridge is unknown. There is still a lot of snow with fun riding potential. We rode out to the trail around 11.4 taking the boards off twice before putting them on the pack. the out was pretty quick. for those looking to suffer, there are multiple boot packs and snowshoe tracks up the summer red cloud route, as well as multiple glissade trails. Cornices seem preserved and for the most part are not large - use at your own risk. Snowpack is largely similar to that of Sunshine (see TR). It features mostly uniform temperature, moisture snow, due to the rocky nature and shallowness of the NE slopes of Redcloud.
|2016-05-21||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: We parked at the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch TH. Skinnable snow starts around 11800. Snow above 12500 was pretty solid. Mush in the basin. It's probably about 2 mi. in before you can put your skins on. I would not want to walk in the basin without flotation. Summit ski is still doable. I know nothing about the weather forecast for the next week. So, of course, YMMV...
|2016-05-12||Route: west ridge-Silver Creek
Info: Grizzly Gulch T.H. Trail has patchy snow till South Fork of Silver Creek. Snow is supportive in the morning and in the afternoon, I postholed a bit and I weigh 115 lbs. Booted and skinned up drainage just past S.F Silver Creek. Snow was supportive and for the most part continuous to the peak. That route had less than 2 inches of f snow from past 48 hours. On ridge, skied down ridge between Redcloud and Sunshine, which had continuous snow. Skinned to top of Sunshine. Skied down S.F. of Silver Creek: crust for top 400 feet, transitioning to 3 inches of powder, then corn. Skied all way to Silver Creek trail.
|2016-01-02||Route: From Sunshine
Info: Nice hard snow from Sunshine down to the saddle, then mostly dry rock over to Redcloud.
|2015-09-10||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Drove to the trailhead over Cinnamon Pass Wednesday night. Road was in good condition and a breeze for my Ford Ranger. You do need 4WD and some clearance. Hiked Redcloud/Sunshine on Thursday and Handies from Grizzly Gulch on Friday. The trail conditions and weather could not have been better. I had at least 20 minutes alone on each peak.
|2015-09-01||Route: From Handies
Info: Didn‘t climb Redcloud/Sunshine. From Handies it looks completely snow free. Driving in, the Aspens were just starting to turn. Still mostly green. More fall colors showing here than near Telluride/Wilson Peak two days before.
|2015-08-26||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Creeks are running low - only one small crossing along the standard route doesn‘t even get your boots wet. Ice bridge on north side of Redcloud stretches across the parallel stream - stay to the left on the ascent and it‘s an easy walk-over; slick, but flat, with rocks and pine needles for traction in some places. Snow on the left side of the ridge between the false and true summit doesn‘t affect the route.
|2015-08-20||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Also did Sunshine Peak. The two make them my 28th and 29th fourteener summit this summer. I‘m attempting to climb all of them this summer. You can read more about this hike and others at Sunshineof1985.com. Enjoy! Time started: 7:15 am End time: 1:55 pm Time to Summit Red Cloud: 2 hours and 45 minutes Time to Summit Sunshine Peak: 45 minutes Time to Descend: About 2 hours Overall Pace: 1.8 mph *GEAR (to bring): Bear spray, GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, lightweight gloves (didn‘t need), day pack with water sack (64 oz did just fine), snacks. *Road Condition: The road is typical pot holes and pointy rocks, but my sedan was able to make it all the way to the trailhead. *Trail Condition: The trail is an easy one to follow, and no mud. You will hit a giant mount of snow when leaving the forest, but it‘s not bad. Just stay to the left. The only annoying factor of this hike was the extremely windy conditions, which obviously you can avoid. There is another trail that you can take coming down which I have taken a picture of, but expect it only shave off 15 minutes of your total hiking time and also expect to spend a lot of time on your butt slipping on shale (from what I heard).