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Jones Mountain
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Jones Mountain

 
Jones Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.77330°N / 106.394°W

Object Title: Jones Mountain

County: Chaffee

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 13218 ft / 4029 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Oct 9, 2009 / Jan 17, 2014

Object ID: 562026

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Overview

Jones & Ptarmigan Lake
Jones & Ptarmigan Lake

 
Jones from a spot below Ptarmigan Lake
Jones
 
Jones from just below Ptarmigan Lake
Jones

Jones Mountain rises in the Sawatch Mountains of central Colorado near Cottonwood Pass. According to the USGS Map, Jones Mountain consists of a one mile long ridgeline that connects Point 13218 ft to the south, to Point 12995 ft to the north. In this discussion, however, Jones will refer to the 13218 ft summit.

To the northeast of Jones, you will find a high basin that houses many alpine lakes including the often visited Ptarmigan Lake which sits at an elevation of 12132 ft. A well-established trail goes from the Cottonwood Pass Road to a 12260 ft saddle just above Ptarmigan Lake. From the saddle, the summit of Jones is a walk-up.
Northwestern Face
Jones (middle of picture) from Cottonwood Pass (NW face)

The southern slopes of Jones drop into the valley of South Cottonwood Creek. A Jeep Road climbs out of this valley and ends at a spot near the 12260 ft saddle providing another walk-up access route to Jones.

Jones from near Lake 11740 ft
Northeastern face of Jones





W/NW/Jones
SE face of Jones
East Face with Ptarmigan Lake
East face of Jones



From the summit of Jones, you will have good views of many of the high peaks of the Sawatch Range including the famous 14ers: Mt. Yale, Mt. Princeton and Mt. Antero.

Views From the Summit of Jones Mountain:




Mt. Yale
Mt. Yale
Ptarmigan Lake
Ptarmigan Lake
Mts. Princeton & Antero
Princeton & Antero






Looking NW
Looking NW
Emma Burr
Emma Burr
Mt. Aetna
Mt. Aetna


Getting There

Directions to Ptarmigan Lake Trailhead:

From the intersection of Cottonwood Pass Road (FR 306) and Route 24 (the traffic light in the town of Buena Vista), drive the cottonwood Pass Rd 14.6 miles west to the well-signed Ptarmigan Lake Trailhead (Cottonwood Pass Rd is a paved road that is closed during snow season).



Can you say no to a face like that?
At Trailhead
Cottonwood Pass Rd
Cottonwood Pass Rd
Cottonwood Pass Rd
Cottonwood Pass Rd

Red Tape

Turner Peak & Lake 11780 ft
Lake Basin

No fees or permits for day hiking.

For other regulations, see the site for San Isabel National Forest.
Turner Peak & Lake 11980 ft
Lake Basin





Point 12995 ft & Lake 11980 ft
Lake Basin
Mt. Yale & Lake 11740 ft
Lake Basin
Point 12982 ft & Lake 11740 ft
Lake Basin
Point 13038 ft & Lake 11740 ft
Lake Basin

Weather

See the forecast for the town of Buena Vista, CO.
From 12260 ft Saddle
Ptarmigan Lake & Mt. Yale





From 12260 ft Saddle
Summit
Grassy Slopes
Summit
Summit
Summit
Summit
summit

External Links

Ptarmigan Lake Hike.




Pine Forest
Pine Forest
Frozen Creek
Frozen Creek
Pine Forest
Pine Forest

Images