Peak:  American Peak (13er)
 Route:  From Jones Mountain A
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  08/30/2020
 Date Posted:  08/30/2020

The descent off Jones is steep and sometimes loose. I had a couple of Class 2+ moves along the way to the saddle, and the use trail is sometimes very narrow and moderately exposed. If it's wet it could be sketchy. From the Jones/American saddle there's a use trail all the way up American, and it's actually in great shape. Easy to follow, solid footing. To get back to Grouse/Burns Gulch return to the Jones/American saddle. I made a mistake here and descended from this saddle thinking I was dropping into Grouse Gulch, but it's actually the northern lobe of Burns Gulch. It turned out fine, there were no cliffs or other nasty, unseen terrain, just a lot of junky rock on a massive rock glacier. I then took the Burns Gulch road back down. If you end up in the same position I did just follow the main drainage. There's a rather stagnant lake along the way and you'll be able to see the road from afar; just keep going down the drainage on either talus or grass and you'll get back to the road no issue, even if it looks like it might cliff out.

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