Jones Mountain A  
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Route: Burns Gulch Loop
Posted On: 2020-10-20, By: tjf242424
Info: Summer conditions for the entire loop over Niagara-Jones-American. I made it to the 4wd upper TH in Burns Gulch in a Chevy Tahoe. A Subaru or similar can probably do it. 
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Route: american basin
Posted On: 2020-10-11, By: Trotter
Info: Needs a summit register 
 
Route: From Niagara Peak
Posted On: 2020-08-30, By: supranihilest
Info: From Niagara descend back down to the Jones/Niagara saddle. Take the use trail up and across the west side of the ridge. It's all Class 2 and moderate angle, though sometimes loose. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: brauda02
Info: Ascended Jones and Niagara vía their saddle from Snare on the ascent then descended into Grouch Gulch as part of my Durango to Longs hike. Saddle is holding some snow but can be mostly avoided. Both ridges are dry. Jones is easy from saddle. 
 
Route: Northeast ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: Alrightmax
Info: Both North and South saddles have enough snow that you should bring an ice axe, but the peak itself is mostly clear. We exited via the Niagara/Jones saddle, and that is still holding quite a bit. We got a nice glissade in, and another in the basin below. 
 
Route: Jones Group Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-23, By: Randy1983
Info: Did the Jones Group last weekend. Did UNP13,466 on accident and connected its ridge to American Peak. That ridge was pretty fun but a bit spicy. Probably class 3-4 with areas of very high exposure depending on your exposure tolerance and route finding. From American it was just a standard late summer trek across the scree and talus over to Jones Mountain, Niagara Peak and Crown Mountain. There were a few areas of light scrambling, but easily manageable. Another awesome day solo in the San Juan's. I'm guessing UNP13,466 isn't considered a countable summit? I don't see it listed in the 13er check list, nor is it in Roach's book as a viable route for the group. If anyone has any more info on this point/summit I'd love to find out more on it and the ridge. Thanks  
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Route: from American Basin
Posted On: 2019-09-03, By: 9patrickmurphy
Info: 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. 
 
Route: Snare Gulch
Posted On: 2019-08-21, By: dwoodward13
Info: Hiked Jones via Snare Gulch from the Cataract Gulch TH. All avy debris cleared from the 4wd road. The Snare Steps are mostly clear, although very annoying for hiking with a variable rock surface. Think Rock of Ages, but not many people to form a trail. Followed the mining roads to a small lake at 12.8 just southwest of PT 13,342. Gained the Jones-Niagara ridge just northeast of the saddle via a mostly grassy rib off the lake. Some loose scree near the top but not bad. Rest of the way to the summit is dry and a use trail is visible. Descended via the low saddle which was fine as well. Segments of use trails here and there to get back to the lower mining roads. 
 
Route: From American Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: HikerGuy
Info: No gear needed from American to Jones, almost entirely dry. See conditions report for American Peak ascent. Descended Northeast Face on American after tagging Niagara and reascending Jones. Axe not needed for descent, only used on ascent of American. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2018-09-18, By: madadraw1
Info: Can get Rav4 up to river crossing, higher than report from SummitPost would seem to indicate. Then 4x4 ideal. Summer conditions. On this route, hiked up basin to Jones-Niagara saddle. When you start to climb the saddle, stick to the left... I followed a social trail up on hikers right which was quite loose. Trail on hikers left was obvious on my decent and much more pleasant. To get this right, just go due West when close to starting the ascent to the saddle and you'll run into it. THANKS to only other hiker on the mountain today for all your help! And on your birthday, nonetheless. Hope it was a good day! 
 
Route: From American
Posted On: 2018-03-30, By: bmcqueen
Info: See my CR from American today. 
 
Route: Burns Gulch
Posted On: 2017-08-07, By: swadmin
Info: Clear all the way to the summit. 
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Route: Burns Gulch
Posted On: 2016-10-31, By: dixonallred
Info: Route was clear and dry to about 13,000 ft with snow to the saddle. Snow was mostly 4" or less with a few drifts to 12". Snow is hard packed in some areas and traction was nice to have but not an absolute requirement. The remaining route to the summit and down the west ridge was clear and dry. 
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Route: Standard from Burns Gulch
Posted On: 2015-07-24, By: illusion7il
Info: All Clear 
 
Route: Burns Gulch
Posted On: 2013-06-28, By: JosephG
Info: Road dry to Grouse-Burns Gulch TH, and with careful driving modest-clearance cars can make the TH. All snow on the route is avoidable; no special gear required. 
 
Route: Burns gulch
Posted On: 2012-08-14, By: jaquetcj
Info: 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 
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Route: Standard from Burns Gulch
Posted On: 2012-06-13, By: Matt Lemke
Info: Snow free 
 
Route: Jones/Niagara Saddle from Snare Gulch
Posted On: 2011-07-06, By: Wyoming Bob
Info: Climbed Jones Mtn. and Niagara Peak . . . 4wd road clear and dry; no driving issues for stock 98 Tacoma through to Cuba Gulch TH; stream corssing easily crossed during warmth of mid day; Snare Gulch Road now closed to vehicles, Snare Gulch Road clear of snow to about 12k, spotty snow from 12K to end of road at lake; upper basin mixed snow and grass; saddle protected by snow . . . minimum of axe needed due to run out, Jones Ridge dry; Niagara ridge dry but for final 30 feet of low angle snow. Link to the link Trip Narrative on Climbing with Bob site for those interested in details and photos of route and conditions. 

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