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!
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.