Peak:  Jones Mountain A (13er)
 Route:  Burns gulch
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  jaquetcj
 Date of Info:  08/11/2012
 Date Posted:  08/14/2012

Did the 4 wheel drive road up burns gulch and parked at about 11000 ft.

Ascended burns gulch and did Niagra peaks noth ridge, then jones's south ridge and continued noth to the summit of American (American pie combo in the Gerry roach 13er book). Great fun route totally dry, no snow anywhere on the route. Descended back to burns gulch from jones/American saddle making a nice loop! A great way to do all the jones group in one fell swoop, it took my experienced partner and I 6 hours altogether with at least 45 minutes on each summit

 Comments or Questions

Thanks for the update
08/16/2012 17:26
Thinking about doing this same loop soon. Roach mentions in his book that the area around the TH can be confusing because there are several trails that originate from the same area. Did you have any difficulties locating the proper route? Any info would be appreciated - thanks.


Burns Gulch vs. Grouse Gulch - the only confusion
08/16/2012 22:49
The only place I could see having any confusion would be the area where you cross the Animas to get to the Burns gulch road. This is also the parking area for the Grouse Gulch trail (that starts as a road from the same place). You are at the animas river crossing when you see a sign on the west side (left as you are going up) for Picayune Gulch. At the sign, turn right and drive through the upper upper animas. The road forks shortly after crossing the river but stay right (south) and you will climb gradually into Burns gulch. If you find yourself driving up switchbacks shortly after the river crossing you are not going up burns gulch. The 4WD road was rough but passable for a subaru for about the first 1.5 miles (we saw a guy camped in a subi at mile 1.5) After that the road gets more rough but it wasnt too bad in my stock Toyota Tacoma TRD. We parked about .5 mile shy of the end of the road. Even though you technically can, I dont recommend going all the way to the end of the road.

Once in Burns gulch, there is no confusing trails. We found the use trail on the North side of the gulch. Main area for confusion is at the river crossing below the burns gulch road.


Burns Gulch
08/16/2012 23:57
I got a Subaru Outback to the end of the road.


08/20/2012 22:10
for the road update.

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