Sunshine Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-02, By: toxqan
Info: The trail from Redcloud was nearly snow-free. As you ascend Sunshine there were just a few sections that force you to stay very close to the ridge. 
Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: MarcusCO
Info: I didn't hike this route, but spoke to several people who attempted it this morning when I went for Handies. The summits are mostly clear, but the approach is still covered by snow and debris. One group I spoke with became lost in the debris and had to turn around, so it sounds like hikers will need to find their own way for the next couple of weeks. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: JamesK
Info: Summited Sunshine and Redcould from Mill Creek. This is possibly the steepest class 2 route I've done. We took snowshoes and spikes but didn't need either. There was some post holing for very short distances on the traverse. My main reason for posting this, is that a bear attempted to break into our car. We were parked across the bridge and when we returned each of the handles had mud and paw marks on them. The camp host then came out and said they had been having problems with it recently, a girl had her car broken into and torn apart 2 nights ago at Mill Creek campground when she left hers unlocked. They are considering closing the camp ground. We were lucky but be aware that this is a daily problem right now. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-20, By: CoHi591
Info: Climbed Sunshine & Redcloud via Sunshine's East ridge. Started from the campground at 2:40 am, back around 11. Brought snowshoes, spikes, poles, gaiters, layers, and we were glad to have all of it. This trail really is brutally steep in the beginning. Would probably have been challenging to find the trail in a few spots in the dark without a gpx but we had no problem with it on the way down. Didn't encounter snow until a little above treeline and it was awful right away. Wore snowshoes for a stretch and they were immensely helpful (around 4 am). Switched to spikes as we gained the ridge and kept them on until the summit (roughly 6:30). Most of the traverse to Redcloud was dry and gentle, summited at 7. Snow started softening around 830 on our way back down Sunshine, we stayed off to our right and were able to stay off most of the snow that we ascended. Steep descent was brutal. Absolutely extraordinary day. More pics to come. 
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Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Posted On: 2018-09-15, By: 14RBND
Info: Completely open with perfect conditions and no weather concerns. Trailhead campsite open and bathrooms open. Cinnamon Pass open as well as road out to Lake City. No ticks but met a new mouse friend in the bathroom due to the 27 degree over night temperature. 
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Route: Northwest Face
Posted On: 2018-08-13, By: LetsGoMets
Info: I traversed from Redcloud to Sunshine, then descended the NW Face. Photo on this site showing the gully from above was perfect. Lots of cairns around multiple gully drop-ins, so don't rely on those if you don't have a good idea of which one to take. Watch the rock on the sides of the gully, loose as well. 
Route: Northwest Face
Posted On: 2018-07-08, By: davisrice4
Info: Route is dry to the top, the gully is VERY loose and felt insecure for class 2. Ascending it was good, but the others in my group struggled up it. Descending would be quite rough and I advise taking it on the ascent. All other aspects besides the gully were quite easy, as well as very scenic. 
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Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Posted On: 2018-06-22, By: Flyingfish
Info: Came from Redcloud and descended the NW face. NW face is dry but the gully is terrible to descend. I would not recommend going down this way just go back over Redcloud unless you like miles of scree or just hate yourself. 
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Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Posted On: 2018-05-31, By: halite
Info: All clear go get it! 
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Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Posted On: 2018-05-29, By: MntMiranda
Info: Overall great hike, windy, but worth it. Although, when we got there to set up camp, the park ranger immateriality came up to us and told us that the ticks were real bad in the area. According to the ranger, hikers were coming back with 20 to 30 ticks on them. My boyfriend, dog and I didn't come out with any ticks thankfully but I still want to pass the word on so everyone may come prepared, including hiker's dogs, for such events. 
Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Posted On: 2018-05-27, By: tcphoto87
Info: Trail was dry from the summit of Redcloud down the ridge to the base of Sunshine. There was one patch of deep snow to cross, but it's avoidable going higher around it, but theres also a steep cliff to watch out for. After that it was dry all the way to the top! Only thing that sucked about this hike was having to go back up over Redcloud on the way back 
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Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Posted On: 2018-05-26, By: Patrickk
Info: Redcloud is in nearly summer conditions except for a few avoidable snowfields. Sunshine still has some snow but it can be avoided by staying higher on the ridge. 
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Route: Northwest Face
Posted On: 2018-05-26, By: RobLowe
Info: No snow (or avoidable snow drifts) until the couloirs by the gendarme. Traction would have been nice but was not necessary at 7pm (after a long day of sun-baking the snow). 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-22, By: Danger_D
Info: Man, this route is steep, and with Redcloud added in its around 5.5k of vertical, so be prepared. The route up to Sunshine only had about 3 steps on the snow, and the ridge to Redcloud was almost fully melted out. To be honest, this wasn't my favorite route. I would recommend doing the standard route since the snow is almost gone. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-14, By: Kcmartinez22
Info: Beautiful day on the mountain! There is no snow until about 13600', and even then it is avoidable to the right of the ridge. We took micro spikes but they weren't necessary. I'd love to add a little emphasis to the 'steep and rough terrain' described in the route description....that is not an exaggeration. a lot of vertical gain in a short distance. I loved this route, though. The hike up the ridge is full of dramatic drops and views. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-11, By: greenonion
Info: STEEP. ...and somewhat loose in places. Maybe the steepest overall hike i've done. Editorial: Beware ticks in the (at least) TH area. Saw a conditions or TR recently about ticks there - true. otherwise... conditions on the mountain are good. Snow not bad at all. On final ridge leading towards summit: stay in center of ridge - don't go towards the right. Road clear to TH from Lake City and supposedly open over Cinnamon pass. Glad I got this one in before they say it's a 13er next year. ) 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-06, By: greenonion
Info: Not a report here, but a conditions question. Can anyone give a snow report on the east ridge route to Sunshine and then over to Redcloud? Am considering doing this week as an out and back - east ridge to Sunshine, to Redcloud, then return same. Anyone feel free to let me know if it's ok to post conditions questions in the Conditions section or if I should have in the Forum. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-04-30, By: amaccallum
Info: What an enjoyable climb! The route was free from snow until about tree line. Be prepared to route find below tree line as the trail is not always well-defined and you may find yourself off-trail much of the time. We did not start climbing on snow until about 13,200.' Ice axe and microspikes were helpful, although the snow was soft enough to kick in good steps, and the spikes weren't entirely necessary. This was a great climb to see wildlife- we saw deer, elk, mountain goats, and grouse. Also check for ticks, we found several on us! On the descent below tree line beware of following trails that lead too far to the East; we followed a nice, cairned trail down that took us too far East and dumped us in a vast amount of very loose, very steep talus. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-04-13, By: bmcqueen
Info: Went up Sunshine and Redcloud from Mill Creek today. The 6-10” snowforecast did not materialize. The peaks got an inch or two tops. I never put my snowshoes on. Wore my spikes from the top of SS over to RC and all the way back down to the moraine where the trail was again dry by the time I got back there. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-04-02, By: shizupple
Info: Hiked in from Mill Creek Campground. Dry most of the way until close to tree line. We put snowshoes on at tree line and wore them for a short while. Switched to microspikes after 12.5k' or so for the rest of the way. There was new soft powder that we had to contend with for most of the route from there. Probably not enough to ski in most places but you could maybe get a couple lines in here and there. Final push up the ridge had quite a bit of snow that was fairly solid. The traverse over to Redcloud looked like there was quite a bit of new snow too. We were too wiped after dealing with all the snow to make it over there and decided to just head back. 
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