Peak:  Sunshine Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Mtn Izz
 Date of Information:  03/29/2014
 Date Posted:  03/29/2014

Just made it back to COS after a successful summit on Sunshine peak. Didn‘t make it to Redcloud as our goal was just the one peak as we wanted to avoid as much soft snow and postholing in the late afternoon. My partner would disagree with this and argue it was my stamina and speed that was a factor (might be some truth to this). Starting out from Mill Creek Campground was easy until a couple hundred feet up where we were met with bare scree fields holding no snow. Although it felt like 1000 vertical feet with no end it was a painful & grueling way to start off the morning. Once you get by the scree fields (doesn‘t matter where your approach starts) you‘ll be met with snow through the trees and it will last for the rest of the trip. Start early to get solid footing through the snow in the trees as well as above treeline. Snow shoes & microspikes/crampons are needed. Snow conditions are prime for ski/snowboarding but expect to pick your way through scree fields and loose rock on the ascent & descent via this route. The only slide we saw was off of the south face of the summit but we didn‘t experience any avalanche prone slopes on our trip. Tough peak from this side, but doable... Ill upload a couple of pictures soon.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

  • Comments or Questions

03/30/2014 19:49
A few questions for ya: What type of slide was it that you saw? Is it the one in your photo?

Mtn Izz

03/31/2014 00:47
It is the one in the second photo... a slide from a cornice was the cause. The snow was pretty stable above treeline


03/31/2014 01:20
Thanks. Looks like a fun day.

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