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|2012-06-09||Route: Northwest Face
Info: It‘s all clear up there. You‘d have to go out of your way to step in any snow. I hiked Sunshine from the non-standard Northwest Ridge, it saved a lot of scree scrambling down below on the standard Northwest Face route.
|2012-05-29||Route: From Redcloud Peak
Info: The trail from Redcloud to Sunshine is completely dry.
|2012-03-17||Route: From Mill Creek Campground
Info: The route from Mill Creek was very dry, but with spots of deep snow in the trees. Snowshoes were helpful from 11,000 to 12,000 ft. My trip was cut short due to a knee injury and I had to double back at 12,500ft. If you are interested a story of my 5 hour descent with a non-functioning knee is here: link http://awilbur77.blogspot.com/2012/03/no-luck-of-irish-on-sunshine-peak.html
|2011-12-30||Route: East Ridge
Info: Mike, Ryan and I generally followed the route from this post: http://www.summitpost.org/sunshine-redcloud-route-emporium/158780 Snowshoes were necessary from 11,700 to ~12,500. The snow conditions were challenging even with the snowshoes -- a breakable crust over sugar. We had crampons and axes, but didn‘t use them. Microspikes would have been helpful in a few sections. At 11,900 this route exits the trees and enters an open bowl. Mike was on point when we heard a loud whomp and a 60ft crack opened above him. Ryan and I retreated to safer ground before Mike slowly traverse to a group of trees. He waited there while Ryan and I descended deeper into the trees and traversed to the right (East) under his position. Ryan and I climbed a tree covered ridge until we were above Mike and had a good line of slight on him. (Mike felt safer continuing up vs. descending because the angle of the slope was much lower just above his position). He climbed the rest of the bowl without incident. The safest route would likely be to cut off of the trail around 11,800, traverse 200 yards right, and ascend the tree lined ridge. We lost an hour in this incident and didnít make it to Redcloud.
|2011-12-24||Route: East Ridge
Info: Gotta love the San Juans! Ascended Sunshine and Redcloud via Sunshine‘s East Ridge from Mill Creek Trailhead. Returned via Sunshine. Lower part of the trail don‘t have a whole lot of snow, but there‘s enough snow on the upper portions of the trail (from about the last talus field crossing up) to warrant snowshoes. Brought mine and was glad I did. Wore snowshoes from the upper part of the trail until the lower section of the East Ridge. Boots were sufficient most of the way - though I did use microspikes on the upper part of the east ridge as there was some bullet-proof snow. Traverse from Sunshine to Redcloud has a lot of snow on the ridge. "Enjoyed" a short section of postholing up to the waist, but otherwise not too bad. Ended up crawling through parts of it on the return from Redcloud. Trench in place (though the upper portions got a little wind today so those tracks are probably finito) so go get ‘em! Photo 1: Approaching the east ridge Photo 2: On the east ridge Photo 3: Traverse to Redcloud Photo 4: Uncompaghre More photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/huamele/12242011SunshineAndRedcloud?authuser=0&feat=directlink
|2011-09-16||Route: From Redcloud Peak
Info: Sorry, no pics. I can‘t figure out how to load pics directly from my IPhone. The trip up Silver Creek was uneventful, however, once reaching the ridge below Redcloud we began hitting 1-6" of snow on the trail and also began getting snow showers. This continued for most of the rest of the trip with windy conditions. The temps ranged from 28-42 above 13k. The trail up to Redcloud from the ridge was visible (for the most part) but generally covered with several inches of snow. The route from Redcloud over to Sunshine was similar to the climb up Redcloud -- the most snow was on the north face of Sunshine which made route finding a challenge at a couple points. We descended via the North Slope below Sunshine (sign reads "dangerous area") which was more challenging than usual due to the snow. We didn‘t use spikes. It did snow a bit more on Friday night and Saturday morning on both peaks so the snow totals may be a bit higher now. FYI, I have climbed Sunshine and Redcloud 15 times so I generally knew where the trail was despite the snow. SJ Ron
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|2011-07-16||Route: From Redcloud Peak
Info: Std route clear of snow execpt a couple of small patches you can easily avoid.
|2011-07-05||Route: Northwest Face
Info: Got weathered off the peak before making the summit but here‘s a view of the route from about 12,500 feet. First pic shows the rest of the route going up from 12,500 while the second pic shows what it‘s like below 12,500. Much/most of the route is snow free and no aids required where snow remains.
|2011-06-04||Route: From Redcoud out Northwest Face
Info: I hiked the standard route via Redcloud to Sunshine but exited the NW Slopes. Road is completely snow free to silver creek trailhead and seeing some traffic for sightseers. Still plenty of snow up there but I didn‘t find a real need for my snowshoes. The bottom half of South Fork Creek it was helpful, but the stetches of soft snow were pretty few and far between at noon when I was descending. There was plenty of slide activity in the South Fork area and a number of large cornices ready to fall. I would think a ski descent would have been fun as well. Just be safe! The standard route up Redcloud has firm snow all the way up to the 13,000 ft saddle. The connecting ridge has snow that can be avoided until the last push at 13,500 near the gnarly rocks.
|2011-04-16||Route: East Ridge
Info: Sunshine Peak and Redcloud Peak from Mill Creek Campround. The road to the campground is completely dry and the campground and bathrooms were open for use. The route was dry until 11,300. At that point we put on snowshoes and I wore mine until about 13,300. From there I wore microspikes to Sunshine‘s summit and also over to Redcloud (probably not necessary but I liked the extra traction). We were able to follow a trail or tracks most of the day. Snowshoes were needed back in the trees in the afternoon. I tried without snowshoes for a bit and immediately postholed up to my waist. Overall I thought the route was pretty steep but it made for a fun and rewarding day. Pic1 - Sunshine (taken in the afternoon) Pic2 - Redcloud from Sunshine Pic3 - Sunshine from Redcloud Pic4 - Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn
|2011-04-01||Route: East Ridge
Info: Road to Mill Creek Campground is bare. Looked like the road was bare for a ways past MCC, but no idea how far those conditions continued. Route was astonishingly bare of snow until quite a ways up. Did not even take the snowshoes, and didn‘t require them. Snow just below and above treeline was bootable, used microspikes but didn‘t require them. Trail was fairly easy to follow until snow cover - followed some old tracks to treeline. Postholing was fairly annoying on the way down below treeline thanks to the day‘s warm temperatures - deep and random. I could get away with several steps on solid enough snow, then the next step I‘d be waist deep in it. Fortunately, it‘s a relatively short section. Image 1: Sunshine from the east ridge Image 2: Redcloud from Sunshine Image 3: Sunshine from Redcloud Image 4: Handies