Niagara, Crown, N. Crown, Jones & American

Niagara, Crown, N. Crown, Jones & American

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 37.89600°N / 107.526°W
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Jul 7, 2007
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling
Seasons Season: Summer


Peak Name
CO Rank
Niagara Peak
Crown Mountain
"North Crown Mountain"
Jones Mountain A
American Peak

Distance: ~8.1 miles
Elevation Gain: ~5,300'

Niagara Peak

I camped in Burns Gulch early Saturday morning. I got up shortly after 7 am and began hiking towards the Jones Mountain-Niagara Peak saddle with breakfast in hand at 7:30. There was a little bit of snow that was unavoidable, but an ice axe was not necessary. From the saddle I continued up Niagara Peak's northeast ridge and arrived at the summit at 8:31. I got a good view of Crown Mountain and "North Crown Mountain".
Crown Mountain &  North Crown Mountain Crown Mountain & "North Crown Mountain"

Crown Mountain

I descended Niagara Peak's south ridge. This was the hardest part of the climb; steep and loose. I continued up Crown Mountain's northeast ridge and got to the summit at 9:06. I got a good view of "North Crown Mountain" from here.
 North Crown Mountain "North Crown Mountain"

"North Crown Mountain"

The ridge run over to "North Crown Mountain" was easy. I got to the summit at 9:17.

Jones Mountain A

I climbed back over Crown Mountain and skirted Niagara Peak on its east face. This required some third class. Then I continued up Jones Mountain's easy south ridge. I got to the summit at 10:31.

American Peak

 North Crown Mountain - American Peak  Ridge"North Crown Mountain"-American Peak Ridge

I descended Jones Mountain's east ridge and continued up American Peak's west ridge. I climbed right by the summit confusing Handies Peak for American Peak. I didn't realize this error until I was at the Handies Peak-American Peak saddle at 11:47. I considered reclimbing Handies, but decided to conserve my energy for a daytrip of Arrow, Vestal, West Trinity, Trinity & East Trinity the following day. If American Basin were not so far from Burns Gulch by road, hitch hiking would be feasible. I retraced my steps and got back to American Peak at 12:02. I could see the entire ridge from "North Crown Mountain" to American Peak. I continued back to the Jones Mountain A-American Peak saddle and descended the drainage to the west and arrived back at my vehicle at 1:30.
Jones Mountain, Niagara Peak, Crown Mountain, North Crown Mountain & American PeakJones Mountain, Niagara Peak, Crown Mountain, North Crown Mountain & American Peak. Click to enlarge.


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Deb - Jul 10, 2007 2:49 pm - Voted 9/10

Quick trip!

Nice fast one with nothing too committing involved. Nice pics.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jul 10, 2007 4:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Quick trip!

Thanks. A short trip was good the day before this.

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson - Jul 11, 2007 6:54 pm - Hasn't voted


I remember when I was 27 and running the mountains...that was a long time ago. Enjoy it! Good photos!

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jul 16, 2007 12:18 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Yeah...


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