Peak(s):  Sunshine Peak  -  14,001 feet
Redcloud Peak  -  14,034 feet
Date Posted:  09/14/2020
Date Climbed:   09/12/2020
Author:  hotrodlx
 Sunshine via Redcloud LOOP   

Did the Sunshine via Redcloud LOOP - descent down back side of Sunshine through the scree was nice though snow was mushy and slick late in afternoon. Better to do it early. But once you find the right slide to descend down sunshine, the hard part begins. Route finding below is a challenge but keep the creek on your left and you will rejoin the original ascent trail to redcloud about 1.5 miles above the trail head after jumping across the shallow creek. I slid down on my butt through the scree chute with my giant german shepherd following behind. Looks scarier than it is. Just lean back up hill and youre fine going straight down. Slide 10-15' at a time without pushing any rockfall but descend one at a time for safety.

At the bottom of the skree and snow and below the boulder field you will be hiking along a creek (to your left) back toward the trail - very easy to see where to hike in front of you straight ahead, but an avalanche has bulldozed hundreds of tall trees and tons of rockslide down over the trail right as you near the bottom to rejoin the trail you ascended on. You have to bushwack your way over under and around it but not too hard. just keep going forward with creek on your left until you run into a creek you have to cross. Cross it and go left on trail back to trailhead or right if you want to go back up redcloud again.

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silver creek TH
09/15/2020 08:44
Great post and thanks for the detail. We are planning to climb these two this saturday but wondering how the road conditions are up to the silver creek TH? We only have a 2wd van. Do you think it is possible and how did the snow storm affect the road?


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