Relax day after Dallas and Teakettle back-to-back. Wildflowers galore.
After American, on a long snowshoe up from Eureka. I had hoped to tag Niagara as well, but ran out of energy and daylight. Trip report.
Along with Niagra, Crown and N. Crown peaks.
Threw on Siegal Mountain before I left the area.
Summit came pretty fast. Good views of American. #97/100
With Niagara from Burns Gulch: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=15079
Well Jones is clearly easier than its companion, and the views (particularly of Niagara, Handies, Uncompahgre, Sneffels, the Horn ...) are outstanding. I would like to come back one day via the Snare Gulch basin. It's a peak to appreciate again and again.
Got a stowaway marmot who rode all the way back to Denver with me and chewed up the rubber seal on the bottom of my garage door.
Fun 3 mountain scramble with beautiful meadows below.
Came via Burns Gulch, ascended western slopes, descended southern slopes to the col between Jones and Niagara, and continue onto Niagara peak. Duchess did great.
2nd ascent, July 14, 2014 - ran up to the saddle between Jones and Niagara from Burn's Gulch, late start (rock climbed at Eureka in the morning). Up the south slopes to Jones, then traversed to American. Lovely day. Solo.
With Niagara and American.
Great morning in the San Juans! Approached from the Burns Gulch TH
Traversed from American. Beautiful weather, great summit views!
After the snow climb of Niagara, it was nice to have an easy stroll over to Jones. The use trail was almost completely clear all the way from the saddle to the summit. No wind, clear skies, and a warm morning.
Didn't want to chance my low-clearance 2wd car past Eureka a month ago, so on a return visit I rented a Jeep. Since I was paying through the nose, I figured I'd get the most I could out of it and drove up to 11,700 feet in Burns Gulch. From there, went up Niagara and then Jones. I felt like I was cheating, but I'm counting the peaks anyway. Once on Jones, the traverse to American didn't look fun (especially having my dog with me), so I just headed back. This approach is not very scenic, but the views from both peaks are spectacular! Some of the best ever! I had been on the nearby 14ers, but hadn't ever noticed Wham Ridge from them. From Jones/Niagara, I couldn't take my eyes off of it! Nice views of Half, Wetterhorn, Uncompahgre, Sneffels, Teakettle, Potosi, Rio Grande Pyramid, and many more.
Summited along with Niagara Peak from Burns Gulch. Still lots of remnant snow. Amazing views in all directions.
3/11/11- hiked jones via scree patches on the southwest face from burns gulch. we lucked out grabbing the summit during a special, stable winter peroid as the canyon north of eureka is a major avalanche trap. we encountered no such activity and found any evidence something threatening on its way. burns gulch was better, but not a place i'd prefer to wander outside of certain winter windows. on the descent, sluffs were visible and we were pleased to see them.
overall, a great experience, one i was glad to take part in. half peak from the summit is an incredible sight!
9/24/16- clouds were very thick after summiting niagara, turning our ascent of jones into quite the surreal experience. wouldn't have had it any other way! great day out with michelle, steve, james and jim!
got a furry stowaway in the engine back to durango
From Lower Burns TH. Climbed Niagra to Jones then to American. Part of a 4 day 17 Peak trip.
Pretty straight forward climb. Followed 4X4 road to saddle between niagara and jones. The rest followed a well worn footpath. One note, I witnessed two white dog-like animals on the opposing valley wall while making the approach, not sure what they were as I've never seen white coyotes, my first instinct was mountain goats but a closer look definitely eliminated that guess.
I went up the northern fork of Burns Gulch to American Peak. There was significant snow in Burns Gulch. After Jones/American saddle not much snow on American. I crossed Snare Gulch from American and climbed up NE ridge route of Jones. Returned to vehicle via Jones West ridge into Burns Gulch.
A nice walk-up...the views are extroardinary and compensate for the lack of climbing challenges...a nice centralized perch in the San Juans of Colorado!