Sunshine Peak - East Ridge
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(WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. Even the "easy" 14ers (Quandary, Sherman, Grays & Torreys) can be deadly in winter.
Difficulty: Class 2 
Exposure:Mild exposure very close to the route. Route options may be limited but you should be able to walk past the exposure area.
Trailhead:Mill Creek New
Start:9,450 feet
Summit:14,001 feet
Total Gain:4,600 feet
RT Length:7.00 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:4/2016
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Trailhead

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.

Route

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

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

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