After a long, tiring day on Teakettle, Coffeepot, and Potosi the previous day, Sarah and I were looking for a less intense trip the following day. Jones Mountain and Niagara Peak fit the bill, and they were more or less on the way home from Yankee Boy Basin.
The great weather forecast meant we could sleep in 'til sunrise.
Jones and Niagara (L to R)
Getting to the saddle between the two peaks proved to be a lot of fun as the trail carved its way up a seemingly impassable cliff band.
looking towards the peaks near Yankee Boy Basin
Sneffels, Potosi, Coffeepot, and Teakettle (L to R), the latter 3 of which we had climbed the previous day
Rio Grande Pyramid and The Window
Sarah and Nina nearing the summit of Niagara, which had a surprisingly enjoyable trail
great day to be outside
The Grenadiers and The Needles (I just can't get enough of this view.)
Vestal (Wham Ridge), Arrow, Turret, and Pigeon (L to R)
lakes abound in the valley below us as we make our way to Jones
posing on top of Jones, with Niagara behind us (far right)
Despite what appeared to be a long distance between the two summits, we took just 30-min to get from one to the other.
Handies Peak (horizon, left of center) and American Peak (foreground, right of center)
Niagara Peak (far right) and the traverse to Jones Mountain
Nina eager to move on
Vermillion, Golden Horn, and Pilot Knob (L to R)
Coxcomb, Wetterhorn, Matterhorn, and Uncompahgre (L to R)
Wishing to mix things up a bit, we decided to try our luck at descending the grassy slopes beneath Jones summit instead of returning to the saddle with Niagara. We had to negotiate a few cliff bands below, but it worked out much better than on Potosi the previous day.
wildflowers literally spewing out of a broken slab
We were back to our truck just over 3-hours later, anxious to get some ice cream after another amazing weekend in the San Juans.