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Trail

1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 388' 118 m
Descent: -417' -127 m
High: 13,994' 4,265 m
Low: 13,577' 4,138 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Tyler Prince

A rocky jaunt between 14er summits.

Tyler Prince

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The access road is closed far below the trailhead throughout winter.

The land manager requests dogs be leashed. You are likely to see dogs, and unlikely to see leashes.

Description

From the summit of Redcloud Peak, drop down the south side of Redcloud. Follow an obvious low class 2 trail, right along the ridge, toward the 13,500 ft saddle with Sunshine Peak. From here, the trail stays just to the right of the ridge. Continue back up toward Sunshine, cresting a flat area at 13,700 ft before the grade starts back up. There aren't any false summits on this one - just gun it back to 14K!

Once on top, turn around and do it all backwards. While some hikers will see that they just made a giant "U" track and be tempted to descend right into the drainage, this is a poor decision. The west side of Sunshine is steep and composed of loose scree. It will be safer, faster, and more fun just to retrace your tracks.

Flora & Fauna

Up this high, you are unlikely to see much other than rocks, marmots, and pika.

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Jul 4, 2014
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