Name History (Sunshine Peak)
Title: Naming of Sunshine Peak
Entered by: 14erFred
Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010
Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1978). A climbing guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company. Hart, J.L.J. (1977). Fourteen thousand feet: A history of the naming and early ascents of the high Colorado peaks (Second Edition). Denver, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club.
The U.S. Geological Survey named the mountain "Sunshine Peak" in 1904. In 1874, A.D. Wilson, chief topographer, and Franklin Rhoda of the Hayden U.S. Government Survey made the first ascent of the mountain and designated it simply as "Station 12," one of a series of survey triangulation stations in the San Juan Range. Earlier the peak was known as "Niagra Peak" and "Sherman Mountain."