Peak:  Jones Mountain A (13er)
 Route:  from American Basin
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  9patrickmurphy
 Date of Info:  09/02/2019
 Date Posted:  09/03/2019

The scree slope getting up to American's ridge/saddle still has a good amount of snow, really icy in the morning. Really wish I had brought crampons, as the rocks surrounding it are loose and about as bad as the icy snow.

Route from American's saddle is a little hard to find at first, just go straight up the ridge crest, slightly right. There aren't any cairns. Hardest part is the initial gain of Jones' ridge. Loose, hardly any trail or cairns, follow it up until you find a trail start to traverse off to the left. This stays below the ridge crest, is a littlehard to follow, but trust it until you hit a saddle, then it's solid trail up the final pitch to the summit. Really good trail from Jones to Niagara. You can skirt underneath of Jones' summit on the return so as to save yourself some annoying gain. Pretty loose, but at this point you should be used to it.

See my condition report for American for how I finished the day.

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