This is the best way to get Redcloud and Sunshine together. Some people choose to do a "loop" of both peaks by using Sunshine's northwest face route but the easiest (and safest) way to get both is to hike Redcloud, traverse to Sunshine and return over Redcloud on your descent. Yes, there's some re-gain to get back to Redcloud but it's still the best option.
Follow the Redcloud Peak - Northeast Ridge Route
to the summit of Redcloud. Sunshine is 1.5 miles to the south and there is a trail between the two peaks - 1
. Hike south from the Redcloud summit and follow a trail along the right side of the ridge - 2
. After passing unnamed Point 13,841', descend to the Redcloud-Sunshine saddle
, at 13,500' - 5
To reach the summit, you must gain 500 feet of elevation along Sunshine's north ridge. Leave the saddle and hike past some rugged points ( 8
) to reach a flat spot
, near 13,700' - 9
. Follow the trail to the summit
. For your descent, return over Redcloud. Do not descend west off of the Redcloud-Sunshine saddle because the terrain is steep, loose, and dangerous.