Peak(s):  Redcloud Peak  -  14,034 feet
Sunshine Peak  -  14,001 feet
Date Posted:  06/19/2006
Date Climbed:   06/17/2006
Author:  talusmonkey
 Redcloud & Sunshine Peaks - Silver Creek TH  

Jennifer (Roozers42) and Scott picked me up in Lakewood on Friday about noon. We made good time down US 285 and got to the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch THs by 1830 - with plenty of time to set up camp before dark. The road is a little rough, but can be carefully driven in a Subaru Legacy without scraping. After a brief dinner, we turned into our tents to get some sleep.

We got on trail about 0620 on Saturday morning. We took the standard Silver Creek route and summited Redcloud without difficulty. The weather was great - sunny and calm. After a 30 minute summit break, we made the leisurely stroll across the saddle to Sunshine. Sunshine's summit was equally pleasant and we took another long break. Back at the saddle, we decided to take the steep scree route down. The scree was not so bad and the trail out of the basin along the south fork of Silver Creek was great. We enjoyed the different scenery and cut off 1.5 miles and saved 550 feet of elevation by not resummiting Redcloud. We did cross a few flat snowfields on still consolidated snow. We made it back to camp by mid afternoon and had plenty of time to wash clothes in the creek and dry them and lounge around. After dinner we went to bed early in preparation for Handies on Sunday. Redcloud (left) and Sunshine with a good view of the ridge and saddle between (photo taken from Handies):


Doing the Dew on Redcloud!!!!:


Trail marker for the scree descent to the South Fork of Silver Creek trail:


Dave, Jennifer and Scott on Sunshine:


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