Peak(s):  Redcloud Peak  -  14,034 feet
Date Posted:  06/09/2010
Date Climbed:   06/05/2010
Author:  arianna2
 Redcloud and Sunshine  

We stayed at Castle Lakes which is 10 miles closer to these 14ers than Lake City. We recommend that lodging. It is nice property and good fishing if you like to fish. We left at 5am and started the climb at 530. Image Image Image Image Image It started off pretty cold, but we were quickly shedding the top layers. It ultimately turned out to be a beautiful day with a clear sky and minimal wind. There was still some snow on the trail, but easy to walk over. Image We reached the summit at about 9:30. It was windy, but we could drop down on the east side of the summit and get out of the wind. We spent about a half hour there. Image Image Then we were off to Sunshine. Image Image We reached that summit around 1130. Image Image We went back down Sunshine to descend. It was a long trek through talus. Image Our toughest part of the whole thing was getting down the dirt gully into the basin. It was very loose and steep. Image At least we were rewarded with a nice glissade. Image There was quite a bit of snow still in the basin. We would posthole sometimes, so we broke out the snowshoes. We probably could have done fine without them though. Image Image The stream we had to cross to get back to the main trail was going pretty fast and high. Luckily, we were able to find where people have used tree trunks and such to be able to cross and then a nice jump across a smaller braid. Image We finally made it back to the trailhead at about 3:30.

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 Comments or Questions

Your packs look quite large
06/10/2010 08:02
Were you carrying a lot of gear or just wearing larger packs?


06/10/2010 12:57
Just snowshoes, crampons, ice ax. We had extra room to put clothes in there as it got warmer.


route finding
07/02/2010 17:06
in some of your pictures it looked like the trail became a little obscere at some points. is it easy to lose your way? Also, there seemed to be a decent amount of snow, what month were you hiking in?


route finding
07/05/2010 19:36
There were a few spots where the trail was covered by snow, but it wasn‘t too bad. There wasn‘t much of trail in the basin when we were coming back, but it wasn‘t hard to know where to go. Handies on the other hand was different. Most of the trail was covered in snow there. We climbed redcloud/sunshine June 5th, and Handies on the 6th.

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