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Redcloud Peak
Elevation: 14,034 feet
Climbed: Aug 6, 2003
Mountain Range: San Juan Range
Colorado Rank: 46th
Class Rating: 2
Latitude: 37.940800
Longitude: -107.421000

Trip Report

Aug 6, 2003
After climbing Handies (trip report) on Monday, we took a day off. Since Randy's daughter was having a tonsillectomy that day, we all hung around Lake City so Randy could check on her status frequently via telephone.

By Wednesday, Randy and I were ready to take on Redcloud and Sunshine. Josh and Wild Mike opted not to climb, since Josh was still suffering from the severe sunburn and blistered feet that he incurred while climbing Handies.

We started from the Silver Creek trailhead at first light, following the trail as it ran along Silver Creek. There were a few stretches where the trail crossed talus fields, but for the most part, it was a good hiking trail.

At one point, we came upon a large snow bridge that spanned Silver Creek. The water had cut a path under the snow, leaving a large opening under the bridge. Randy and I climbed down to the bridge and saw that the opening was as tall as we were.

Approximately two miles from the trailhead, we came upon rolling alpine meadows, forming a huge bowl, green and inviting. We instantly recognized this as the area that Liz had described as the "Sound Of Music" section of the trail. As we worked our way across the "Sound of Music" basin, the trail curved to the right and began to climb steeply toward the ridge at the top of the bowl. We soon left the greenery, as the alpine tundra gave way to talus and rocky slopes. As we reached the top of the bowl, we could see that we were on a ridge that dropped sharply away into a rocky bowl on the other side.

We worked our way up the ridge, where the trail was pretty loose at times. Pea gravel and talus made the footing somewhat treacherous. The trail ran right along the top of the ridge for a while, they began to switch back and forth as it climbed higher.

We reached the summit of Redcloud and took some photos, ate some lunch, and rested a bit. We noticed clouds were starting to gather to the south, so we decided to high-tail it for Sunshine Peak.

This trip report is continued in the Sunshine Peak Trip Report

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