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Redcloud Peak

 Northeast Ridge
Difficulty Class 2 
Ski/Board: Intermediate, D5 / R2 / III  
Risk FactorsExposure: Moderate
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Low  
 
Start10,400 feet
Summit14,037 feet
Total Gain3,700 feet
RT Length9 miles
AuthorBillMiddlebrook
Last UpdatedOct 2022
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Trailhead

First, take Highway 149 to Lake City. From Lake City, drive about 2 miles south on Colorado 149 and turn right on County Road 30 toward Lake San Cristobal and Cinnamon Pass. From the start of the 30 road, it's nearly 16 miles to the trailhead. Stay right near 11.8 miles. After 12.5 miles the road becomes more rough, and between 13 and 14.5 miles it's a shelf road that hugs the south side of Sunshine Peak. Before 16 miles, reach the trailhead in an open area. Parts of this road are rough, but when it's dry good-clearance 2WD vehicles should be able to get to the trailhead.

Route

From the Silver Creek trailhead, hike northeast up a hill and into the forest - 1. Near 11,100', leave the trees and continue on the trail as it parallels Silver Creek on your right. After about 1.5 miles and near 11,300', the trail gets close to the creek . Continue northeast along Silver Creek and pass several areas where red rock has piled up on the left side of the creek - 2. Near 12,000' the terrain begins to open up to the east - 3. Continue on the trail as it swings right (southeast) and enters the basin northeast of Redcloud - 4.

This area usually holds snow in early summer. To this point, you've hiked approximately 3 miles and gained 2,000 feet of elevation - 5. Continue south toward the saddle between Point 13,561' (left) and Redcloud ( 6) and zigzag up an easy slope to reach the 13,000-foot saddle - 7. Turn right (west) to see the remaining route up Redcloud's northeast ridge - 8 and 9. Follow the trail as it swings right before regaining the ridge crest, at a higher point - 10. Near the top of the ridge, pass over a false summit ( 11) to reach 13,900', below the final pitch - 12. Follow the remaining trail up to the summit - 13, 14 and 15.

Notes

Stay alert on the road to the trailhead as it climbs around the base of Sunshine on the shelf road. In spring, there may be rocks on the road.
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