Ascent of Signal Peak on 2016-12-17

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Dean Gaudet -- Trip Report or GPS Track
David Sanger
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Signal Peak
    Elevation:4877 ft / 1486 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dean, David and I drove from San Diego to Kofa Queen Canyon on a good 4WD road and started hiking about 1pm. The day was clear and chilly with some wind. We followed previous tracks through the low desert vegetation, being extra careful not to touch any of the cacti which occasionally bordered our route. We started out in a dry wash, and we later found a good number of cairns along a generally clear trail climbing steeply up toward the peak. From the sound of previous trip reports, the trail has improved over the years, and is now quite easy to follow. At the summit we found a register in an ammo can, and the “KOFA 2” benchmark. The peak appears to be climbed several dozen times a year.

Ten Ewe Mountain lay a short distance off to our right on the way down. With our late start, the early sunset, and an intimidating hulk of a summit block, we couldn’t attempt it. Just before we returned to the paved road, Dean’s Range Rover gave a low tire pressure warning, and it turned out we had a flat. We changed it as it got dark and cold, and we considered our options for continuing our desert trip with alternate transportation.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2187 ft / 666 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2187 ft / 666 m
    Extra Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Trailhead:2840 ft / 865 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Kirmse
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