Peak(s):  Redcloud Peak  -  14,034 feet
Sunshine Peak  -  14,001 feet
Date Posted:  09/10/2018
Date Climbed:   09/10/2018
Author:  SpringsDuke
 #32 and #33 Redcloud and Sunshine Peak   

#32 and #33 Redcloud and Sunshine Peak. Woke up from tent camping like always it was a cold morning. Good sleep but some deer had a party outside my tent for an hour at 1am but other than that no problems. From Redcloud I went to Sunshine and then back to Redcloud to go back down. I did not do enough research to go down the gully from Sunshine but it looked tempting. Still it does not take long to go from one peak to the other, about 45 minutes. Running back down the open basin is a blast. Lots of dead trees in the area from what I assume is the Pine Beetle but not sure, still fall colors are in the air.

Camp right next to trailhead. Cold and frosty morning

Nice fall colors

Nice trail for the beginning but as you can see pine beetles appear to have gotten large areas of trees here.

Looking back down at the trailhead

Trails turn right into a large open basin

Circle around and do a u-turn to start climbing up the false summit of Redcloud

Looking up the basin

Looking down the basin

Following the trail to the false summit the real summit of Redcloud comes into view now on the left.

Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn in the distance

Redcloud summit from the false summit

Summit views from Redcloud


Sunshine Peak from Redcloud Peak

Trail the whole way in between the two

Sunshine Peak

Summit views from Sunshine Peak
Looking back at Redcloud Peak from Sunshine Peak

Going back to Redcloud

Summit views from Redcloud for the second time

Running back down the open basin was the highlight of the day.

Going down the trail


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Comments or Questions
Handies TH
09/11/2018 05:11
Thanks for these very informative posts! Quick you think a standard AWD (not 4WD) Nissan Rogue would make it to the Handies trailhead? Also, I'm assuming you also climbed Uncompaghre while in Lake City. Would I be able to make it to the Nellie Creek TH in a Rogue? Thank you!


Nissan Rogue
09/11/2018 11:19
First, nice write up! We hiked these on Saturday and loved the fall colors and good trail.

As for the Nissan Rogue question, you can easily make the Grizzly Gulch trailhead and hike Handies from there but I would not attempt to continue to American Basin and definitely do not recommend attempting Nellie Creek either.

09/13/2018 21:07
I would agree with frank on this. Handies no problem but the 4wd to Uncompaghre would not be do able. One thing I noticed is everyone in Lake City rents those UTZ Razors to get around everywhere. I thought about it but they were $300 a day so I walked up Uncompaghre with my mountain bike and that trip report is now up as well, thanks!

American Basin
09/16/2018 09:13
Thanks for your input as well SpringsDuke. In your opinion do you think i'd be able to make it to the American Basin TH at Handies in a Nissan Rogue, or is Frank correct in saying that I should not attempt? Thanks

Not sure
09/17/2018 23:08
Did not drive to the American Basin trailhead myself. On the summit I met others that came up that trailhead and of course they drove Subaru's so I bet you could but if you have a newer nicer model I wouldn't beat the car up myself.

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