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

see my trip report for Jones A about the initial ascent from American Basin

From the Jones-American saddle, aim for a patch of silver, lighter-grey rocks. The trail will appear, even though it's hard to see from a distance. Bomber talus trail to the summit.

I actually took Patriot Couloir for the descent. I did this mostly because I wanted to add Handies to my day without too much re-gain. The couloir doesn't have a cornice, just a snow patch at the top. It's not crazy steep, and the rocks are loose and not too large. It wasn't quite scree-skiing, but got decently close enough that it felt secure. I would NOT have done this descent if I was hiking with someone, rocks were flying like crazy below me. Perhaps not the best descent option, but if you're not too afraid of loose rock and it looks good to you, definitely viable. Don't count on it, make the decision yourself when you're looking down at it yourself. Only 600 feet from top of the couloir to Sloan Lake.

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