Peak:  Sunlight Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Face
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  pbergmaier
 Date of Info:  08/05/2019
 Date Posted:  08/05/2019
 Details

We summited all four peaks on 8/2 and 8/3. Lots of water on trail from the junction at 11,200' to Twin Lakes. No snow until you reach Twin Lakes. From Twin Lakes to the basin between Sunlight and Windom, you will encounter several very large snow fields that probably will not completely melt out this summer (photos 1 and 2). Traction still highly recommended, especially for early mornings. I used crampons, my buddies used a mix of both crampons and microspikes. I'd bet that you'll probably want traction through the end of August at least. We saw a few folks manage without, but again I wouldn't recommend doing so. The gully between Sunlight Peak and Sunlight Spire is almost completely free of snow, as is the remainder of the route to the summit. If attempting Sunlight AFTER Windom, there is a bootpack that contours across the snowfield from the Windom saddle to the bottom of the Sunlight gully (photo 3). This path stays above 13,300'.


Photos (click for slideshow):
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