Ascent of Signal Peak on 2012-05-26

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Collin Kamholz
Date:Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Signal Peak
    Elevation:10365 ft / 3159 m

Ascent Trip Report

Collin and I parked at the Oak Grove Recreation Area, not far from the worst smelling pit toilet I ever hope to be within 100 meters of.

The trail sets off working its way up some brushy slopes, but the trail itself was clear of vegetation. I got slightly ahead during the ascent and waited for Collin at the top of the plateau, neglecting to add layers and suddenly realizing I was getting REALLY COLD.

Collin arrived, and we made our way through a high meadow amid some fairly significant snow drifts. Collin ridiculed my tentative movements on the numerous snow drifts, claiming my snow skills needed work. Easy for him to say, since he wasn't worried about falling on a recent surgically reconstructed shoulder like I was! (Karma bit him in the ass the next day when he fell on an icy drift during an easy road section while descending and eating Pringles chips on Delano Peak, injuring his knee.)

The summit was tree-covered and indistinct, but with a little searching we found it at last. The view was marred by the tall tree cover. We signed the register, took a few photos, and descended via the same route we took up.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4727 ft / 1440 m
    Extra Gain:421 ft / 128 m
    Distance:9.4 mi / 15.1 km
    Route:Oak Grove Trail to near summit
    Trailhead:Oak Grove Rd Trailhead  6480 ft / 1975 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
Clear but very cold and windy at summit
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 47 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by BMS 914
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