Redcloud Peak

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Redcloud Peak is a relatively easy peak to climb in the San Juan Range of Colorado. The standard approach is along the Silver Creek Trail. Most climbers hike over to Sunshine Peak after Redcloud. The views are great of Uncompahgre Peak and Wetterhorn Peak to the north and Handies Peak to the southwest.

Elevation (feet): 14,034
Elevation (meters): 4,278
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: San Juan Mountains
State: Colorado
Latitude: 37.9408
Longitude: -107.421
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1874
First successful climber(s): Hayden Survey (first recorded)
Nearest major airport: Gunnison or Durango
Convenient Center: Lake City

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 15 trip reports for Redcloud Peak.

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  • Log #19773 - by Clifford Johnson on Sep 27, 2006
    My wife, son, best friend, and three other men began our climb early on the July 4th after camping a few short miles away. The weather was absolutely beautiful with clear skies and temperatures in...
  • Log #10898 - by Liba Hardekopf on Sep 13, 2004
    Beautiful hike, easy ascent for a fourteener, the benefit to cover two fourteeners in 1 day. The easy ridge between Sunlight and Redcould gives 2 for 1. Kids and dogs friendly.
  • Log #10899 - by Kara Diamond- Husmann on Aug 02, 2004
    Saturday my husband and I drove down to Gunnison. We stayed at teh comfort Inn. We woke up at 5 and drove towards Lake City and then up to Grizzly Gulch trailhead. WE started hiking around 7:15.
  • Log #10901 - by Steven Cross on Mar 21, 2004
    Climbed this one along with Sunshine. Did it after doing Wetterhorn, Uncompahgre, Matterhorn and Broken hill. 6 Peaks in 7 days. The last 1,000 feet was steep.
  • Log #10902 - by Thomas Mackeson on Sep 05, 2003
    One of my first "real" climbs. Good times and great vistas. Weather cooperated beautifully.
  • Log #10903 - by wayne on Aug 30, 2003
    This was a beautiful climb what with the wild flowers and all. As you climb that steep scree to the summit, turn around and watch as Uncompahgre comes into view over the ridge. A great scenic...
  • Log #10904 - by Mateo on July 24, 2003
    A scramble up the scree below Sunshine preceded the short stroll over to Redcloud's summit. Doing Sunshine first is best, since a scree descent from the saddle or Redcloud's face would not be much...
  • Log #10905 - by Ryan Badtke on Sep 14, 2002
    Did Sunshine then Redclod. The views of uncompahgre were great, it was snowing on me on sunshine, and Uncompahgre was frosted over. A very nice hike and I saw a rainbow in the basin. E-mail me to...
  • Log #10906 - by Rick Hoffman on May 20, 2002
    Did both Redcloud and Sunshine in beautiful weather in early May. Not much snow in Rockies this year. The decent from the saddle is on lose rock or steep snow.
  • Log #10907 - by Chris Long on Aug 24, 2001
    Trip report with pictures at
  • Log #10908 - by John Collard on July 26, 2001
    I climbed the standard route up Silver Creek to Redcloud and met a great hiking companion from North Carolina near the top. It was windy and chilly on the ridge. We took a picture of each other and...
  • Log #10909 - by Matt Kirk on July 25, 2001
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #10910 - by Matt kirk on July 25, 2001
    Via the Silver creek basin route. Left real early from car camp at trailhead. I was up at 3:30 AM ready to go knowing full well that after our 10+ mile climb of Redcloud and Sunshine, we had to drive...
  • Log #10911 - by Victoria Sharp on June 13, 2000
    The wind was killer when we got to the top. It was gusting to about 60mph. We had originally planned to hike the ridge to Sunshine Mt., but feared the less weighted individuals with us would up and...
  • Log #10912 - by Kirk Mallory on Aug 13, 1999
    My first San Juan peak, followed by Sunshine Peak. Great views of Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn.