Jones Mountain B  
Condition Updates  
Route: from Ptarmigan Lake
Posted On: 2022-08-06, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: Very straightforward at this time of year, with Class 1 trail all the way to Ptarmigan Lake, followed by a quick climb up the east ridge from the saddle with Gladstone Ridge. 
Route: East Slope via 349 and Ptarmegan Lake Pass
Posted On: 2021-11-30, By: Jan van Tilburg
Info: Jones Mnt A via South Cottonwood Approach Exit to 349 is 9.2 ml on road 344 from Cottonwood Pass road (306) Last 3 miles on 344 before the exit to road 349 are rough and snow covered. At 2 places with ice. Could be avoided. Still tricky especially when covered in snow. A week earlier I came upon such an ice patch somewhat further on 344 and had to turn around. Extremely slippery. 349 is almost totally covered in snow. Not deep. Once at the end of 349 the trail was snow covered and pretty deep in places. The east slope up Jones Mnt A from the Ptarmegan Lake Pass is totally snow covered. In the beginning it's not deep but higher up it is. A cornice is forming. So it's best to veer to climbers left and reach the ridge to the top. That's almost snow free and the summit is then easily reachable. I wore micro spikes the whole hike. Which made the day a lot easier. 
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Route: East ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-24, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Parked on 349 and hiked up to the east ridge. Road was dry except for shaded areas. Most of the snow on the ridge was avoidable until near the summit where it was continuous for the last bit. My dog was postholing to his knees and regretted not bringing gaiters. Surprisingly, we got in a few short glissades going down the SE face. We continued towards Gladestone and made it about half way along the ridge before running out of time. There was very little snow on the ridge and the final summit push looked dry. Unexpectedly, had a few encounters with 2 different goat groups. They were not Quandary like though and kept their distance. 
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Route: From \"Chalk Rock\" + Jones Mountain North
Posted On: 2021-06-21, By: supranihilest
Info: The traverse to Jones from "Chalk Rock" is a bit scrambly and loose. Class 3 staying on the ridge itself. The rock is both more solid and more grippy than it looks, but there's some exposure and some loose rock. No snow. The traverse can be kept to loose Class 2/2+ by staying on the south side of the ridge and traversing on talus. The final ascent up Jones is all on tundra. If skipping Jones North then descend the road to the east, FS 349. It returns to CR 344. Bonus 12er: Jones Mountain North is tied for third highest 12er in Colorado and it's easy to bag, so go get it! Class 2 all the way across. To descend I returned south down Jones North's summit pitch and then headed southeast towards Ptarmigan Lake. There's some nasty willow whacking and swampy ground but it's Class 2 back to the Ptarmigan Lake trail, which then crosses over a pass and joins FS 349. 
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Route: From Chalk Rock Mtn
Posted On: 2021-06-17, By: HikerGuy
Info: Summer conditions. Ridge dry from Chalk Rock to Jones and dry down to lake. There is a Class 2 ledge on the south side of the middle part of the ridge for easy passage. There was a bit of snow on the road just below the lake, but it is avoidable. 
Route: Jones/Chalk from Ptarmigan Lake
Posted On: 2019-09-28, By: JasonKline
Info: Free of snow/ice, not terribly windy, and not even particularly cold. Perfect late September day, but that will change soon. 

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