Sunshine Peak
East Ridge
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 Class 2 
Risk Factors:Exposure: Moderate
Rockfall Potential: Considerable  
Route-Finding: Considerable  
Commitment: Moderate  
Trailhead:Mill Creek
Start:9,450 feet
Summit:14,001 feet
Total Gain:4,600 feet
RT Length:7.00 miles
USGS Quad.:Redcloud Peak
County Sheriff:Hinsdale: 970-944-2291
Last Updated:3/2019


From Lake City, drive about 2 miles south on Colorado 149 and turn right on County Road 30 toward Lake San Cristobal and Cinnamon Pass. On the 30 Road, drive approx. 10.9 miles to reach the Mill Campground on the left. To hike Sunshine Peak, walk across the road and look for a trail which starts next to a green utility box.


Sunshine's east ridge is often climbed in Spring when the road is not open to the standard, Silver Creek trailhead. It requires nearly as much elevation gain as the standard Redcloud+Sunshine combination route and the first 2,500' of elevation is on a steep, rugged slope.

Near the entrance to the Mill Creek campground (#1), locate the start of the trail at a green utility box, approx. 50 yards up the road and on the north side - #2. After a short distance, the trail turns east and traverses below some rock outcroppings before turning west and ascending broad ledges - #3. Follow trail segments and/or cairns to reach the end of a ledge, before a gully - #4. Turn right here and continue north up steep, forested terrain (#5) and a couple of talus fields (#6 and #7) to reach easier terrain, near 11,600'. Continue northwest to reach tree line, near 12,000' - #8.

Gain the crest of the east ridge and turn left for your first view of the summit - #9 and #10. Hike west along the ridge to reach a flat spot at 12,500' - #11. Continue west/northeast and ascend a large ridge bump (#12, #13 and #14 to reach 13,300' on the narrowing ridge - #15. Follow the Class 2 ridge (#16 and #17) to a small, 13,600-foot saddle, below the final pitch - #18. Ascend the final 400' by staying on or right of the ridge crest (#19, #20 and #21) to reach Sunshine's summit - #22 and #23.



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