ElevationAscent: 3,565' 1,087 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 13,994' 4,266 m
Low: 10,432' 3,180 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“A beautiful hike through classic San Juan terrain.”— Tyler Prince
On the right of the road is a clear trail toward Redcloud Peak. Hike up an excellent, gradual trail from about 10,500 ft. Walk through the trees before coming to a basin drainage around 11,100 ft. Drop down and walk just left of a large creek, mostly staying on a clear trail but occasionally crossing some talus. At 12,000 ft, walk up a couple steep switchbacks before coming into a wide basin. Once in the basin, continue up prime singletrack until about 12,400, where the trail starts to switchback up steeper slopes to the saddle at 13,000 ft.
Head to the right of the saddle. The trail gets steeper, but switchbacks along rocky trail keep it from getting unpleasant. Reach a false summit at 13,000 ft. The actual summit is up to the left and a mere 5-10 mins away. The geology here changes from gray to red rock, giving Redcloud its name. Hike up the red dirt to the summit.
From here, turn around and head back to the trailhead, or, should time and energy levels permit, head on to Sunshine Peak.
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Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Gunnison Gorge NRA