Climbed American, Jones & Niagara solo from American Basin while my friend climbed Handies. Jones was a special peak for me - my 100th Colorado 13er! I recommend using Burns Gulch to collect these 3 peaks unless you've got some other reason to be in American Basin like I did. The climb from the basin up to American is a nasty scree nighmare when dry, but its doable.
Traversed over from American on the way to Niagara, basically followed Gerry Roach's "American Pie" route from his 13ers book.
Surprisingly not much snow on the south sides of these peaks, almost no need for gaitors even!
pretty quick hike from Burns Gulch, especially if you drive up the 4WD road
From Niagara, Crown Mountain & "North Crown Mountain". En route to "American". 6 hours roundtrip.
What a great peak. Easy but enjoyable traverse from American. Great wildflowers, incredible views and I really loved the basin below Jones and Niagara.
This was a fun day, had the mountain all to myself.
Did all three that day, after a late summer snow the night before.
Real easy...good view.
Climbed solo via American Basin and soft snow up one of the couloirs. Traversed over to Jones from American Centennials. Fun day and great weather.