Peak(s):  Sunshine Peak  -  14,001 feet
Redcloud Peak  -  14,034 feet
Date Posted:  08/05/2009
Date Climbed:   08/01/2009
Author:  3MIGHTY

 Red Cloud and Sunshine Combo  

After starry Milky Way night of camping at Mill Creek Campground we drove up the shelf road to the Silver Creek-Grizzly Gulch Trailhead with the sun coming up. 6:45AM - clear skies and a nice brisk morning hike through the trees, up along Silver Creek. Beautiful views down valley and over to Handies and up valley.
A few hours later we are on the ridge to the top of Redcloud with views of Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Peaks.
And on the very red summit in 3 hours.
A view of our next challenge, Sunshine Peak.
The saddle connecting the two peaks is gentle and fast.
The final steep couple hundred feet feel very slow. An hour later we find ourselves on top of Sunshine.
Crazy Texans on top share a sip of Patron and discuss doing the scree descent rather than going back over Redcloud. I love loop trails, but am not a big fan of scree or scary rock gullies. A catch promise and the call of adventure - we find ourselves zig zagging down a marked scree trail to a cairn above one of the middle gullies.
The warning sign at the top should be noted and heeded!!! This is not an easy way back down the mountain, as it slides from under each step.
Next up the rocky gully, some of us on our butts, others clinging to more solid rock side faces.
Thanks to Dave for getting the group down safely. A bit more scree and we are down to the drainage and a real trail again.
A fleeting thought of crawling through the avalanche snow remains above the creek was satisfied by stepping in a few feet and not risking the whole darn thing collapsing on me. Doh!

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 Comments or Questions

pics from the hike
08/10/2009 04:49
thanks for including me in ur trip report!!! have some great pics from the trip if interested. wondered what happened to you two at the end. we would have gone ice-cave climbing w/ you!! email at Dave


The warning sign at the top should be noted and he
09/09/2009 00:43
The warning sign at the top should be noted and heeded!!!

i‘m glad you were able to down-climb safely; however,
the sign has been put there for a reason....that route
really ONLY should be used for emergencies/life-threatening
reasons.....i‘m glad you didn‘t have to have a SAR team
expend their resources and energy to rescue you. shame on you...

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