Peak:  American Peak (13er)
 Route:  SE Ridge from Cataract TH
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  bmcqueen
 Date of Info:  03/30/2018
 Date Posted:  03/30/2018

I climbed American, Jones, Niagara, Crown and N Crown today from the Cataract TH. While some sections of road are dry above Cataract, there are still some early patches preventing travel higher just yet. I started just after 4, so everything was pretty nice and frozen on the way in. A few stretches of road were problematic, so I wore my snowshoes and mostly cruised on top. I didn't take them off until 13k when I switched to crampons. The ridges between the peaks are all in good shape with snow conditions more like late-April than late March. My luck gave out on the descent though as the snow softened up considerably during the day. Many, many knee deep plunges in even following my ascent tracks in snowshoes again on the way down. Trip Report is posted with lots of pics if you're interested.

Comments or Questions

03/31/2018 07:13
Iâve climbed Jones and Niagara, but ran out of steam before American. Looks Iike itâs time to give it a go. Looking forward to the TR!!!

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