Peak:  American Peak (13er)
 Route:  West Face
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Grover
 Date of Info:  08/03/2015
 Date Posted:  08/04/2015
Details

Reached the summit of American Peak via the westernmost gully (i.e. West Face Route, per the Roach 13'ers book) from American Basin. It is a straightforward hike to the gully that is used to get up to the ridge. There is still about 300' of snow in this gully so I used crampons and ice ax to make quick work of the snow and reach the low point on the ridge. You could hike up on the rubble/dirt/scree on the right side of the snow, as I used this option for my descent (so the left side when coming down), instead of suiting up in crampons again. Once on the back side of American, the use trail to get over to the Jones/American saddle is easy to follow. The route is then well defined when you are finally on the West Ridge Route that comes in from Jones Mountain. Of course the classic 14'er vs 13'er battle was easy to see on this (rainy) day: The summit of Handies Peak was visited by at least 15 ppl, American Peak was only visited by 1 person.


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