American Basin is a beautiful place to visit or camp. From there I hiked to the west end of the ridge and followed the herd path east just south of the crest of the ridge to the summit. If it weren't for the path beaten by other climbers this part of the hike would be much more tedious.
"American Peak" was an enjoyable summit. Despite seeing hordes on Handies Peak I had "American" to myself. The complete traverse of the summit ridge was a lot of fun and I highly recomend it. Along with me on this ride were dogs Sopris and Raymond.