Peaks Climbed: Jones Mountain, Niagara Peak & American Peak

Peak Heights: 13,860'/ 13807' / 13,806'

Route: Loop from Burns Gulch

Difficulty: Class 2

Location: San Juan Range, Colorado

Trailhead: Eureka (winter closure)

Mileage & Gain: 13.2 mi & 5,000 ft

Date Climbed: February 3, 2018

I took advantage of exceptional conditions to collect winter ascents of this trio of Peaks, making a solo, last minute, hurried weekend trip to the San Juans. Ken Nolan had climbed Jones a few days earlier so I was confident there was a safe route up at least one of the three.

What started out as a cold, windy day with no views turned into a spectacular bluebird afternoon. The clouds lifted in a really sudden and rapid manner which made for some spectacular scenery.

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