Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
Redcloud Peak  -  14,034 feet
Sunshine Peak  -  14,001 feet
Handies Peak  -  14,048 feet
Post Date:  07/17/2010
Date Climbed:   07/17/2010
Posted By:  The Legend

 Living in the San Juan   

This was the largest and coolest hiking trip I have been on so far to climb the 14ers in Colorado. I started hiking these last year, and after this trip, I have finished 18 summits. This trip was a combination of 24 miles roughly, and 11,000ft of elevation gain. We were out for three days and three nights mostly camping at the trailheads. This was an amazing trip and it was the first time I was in the San Juan Range.
This is the shot of Redcloud and Sunshine. These were the first two peaks that we hiked. It was a beautiful hike with great weather. Though we took the shortcut off of sunshine and it was like skiing down the mountains. I mostly do not recommend it.
This is the typical way I sign these. If you see this, you know that I have passed up there before you.
This the beautiful ridge. It was a wonderful hike up there, but if there was a storm, it would be awful. It took about 1 hour to get across it.
After Redcloud and Sunshine, we went up to the American Basin trail. It was not as nice of a trailhead as Redclound and Sunshine, no outhouse, and most of the night was windy with a ton of rain. But I slept well because I was wore out from the first trip.
This is the whole party that we hiked with on this peak. We met some guys from Alabama and hiked with them. Most of them did well, and one guy named Seth was super strong. It was fun to hike with them. We are on the top of Handies.
This is the alpine lake on Handies and if you can see the reflection from the jagged peaks on in the water. Super cool picture.
We are on Mt. Sneffels now. This was a wonderful hike. It was the highest level of climbing I have done so far. There is still snow in the Col. and there was a guy that turned back but he let me use his mircospikes went really helped. I went right up the middle. The "V" move was fun, but as the trip report mentions, you feel exposure, like having it driven down your mouth. It was a nice experience.
And mostly I am finished now. It was a wonderful trip in which soap never touched my body. I am looking forward to the next long adventure, and right now I am planning on doing Longs in a couple of weeks. Any advice people?

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  • Comments or Questions

Long's Advice     07/19/2010 17:34
Hey -- I was the other guy that made it up there with crampons/axe. Nice photos!

Advice on Long's Peak --> it is long so start early and don't do anything beyond the keyhold (if that is route you are taking) in bad weather because there isn't anywhere to escape. The Loft route is a little harder, but certainly the way to go if you want to avoid crowds. There is exposure on both routes that is more than Sneffels, but the route is easy to follow... just follow the large train of people that climb this mountain.

The exposure, in my opinion (keyhole route) is at the point where you cross through the keyhole and on the narrows. Both are exposed, but not too scary.

Good luck!


busy summit     07/23/2010 15:22
Beautiful day! I think we saw you guys from the summit of Jones Mountain (on July 18th). You guys are standing just left of the summit of Handies (on the horizon, left of center) in this photo. American Peak is in the foreground, right of center.

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