Peak:  Sunshine Peak (14er)
 Route:  Via Redcloud Peak
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  jordanthebuff
 Date of Info:  08/05/2020
 Date Posted:  08/09/2020
Details

A great solid trail in the San Juans! Up to the saddle at 13,000 might be one of my favorite stretches of 14er trails. Trees, a stream, various colored rocks, and great views of Handies! From the saddle to Redcloud is a grind and quite frankly, the trail could use some work as it was very loose (climbing with hands and feet), steep, and difficult to find the best line. This only lasted for maybe 100 vertical feet though and was otherwise easy to follow.

The trek over to Sunshine is a real commitment. It's not too much effort wise, but it is farther than it looks. It took just under an hour each way and we had a pretty good pace, plus we spent time at the summit of both mountains. In total, we spent 4 hours above the saddle going up to Redcloud.



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