The Sunshine Peak via Redcloud Peak Trail is a popular hike in the Colorado Rockies that offers scenic views and challenging terrain. The trail starts at the Silver Creek Trailhead, near Lake City, Colorado, and takes you to the summits of both Sunshine Peak and Redcloud Peak, two 14,000-foot peaks in the San Juan Range.
The trail is approximately 11.9 miles round trip, with a total elevation gain of around 4,400 feet. The trail is well-marked and follows a scenic route through aspen groves and subalpine forests, passing by several alpine lakes along the way.
The hike to Redcloud Peak is relatively easy and takes you to an overlook with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. From Redcloud Peak, the trail becomes more challenging as it continues to Sunshine Peak, with steep and rocky terrain.
Hikers should be well-prepared for the hike, bringing plenty of food, water, and appropriate gear, especially in the summer months when thunderstorms are common.
Overall, the Sunshine Peak via Redcloud Peak Trail offers a scenic and challenging hike that is well worth the effort, with breathtaking views of the Colorado Rockies and a sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summits.
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This trail can be completed in approx. 2 days. Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here