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Ascent of Signal Peak on 2013-02-25

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, February 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
Peak:Signal Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:4877 ft / 1486 m

Ascent Trip Report

I rode my dual sport bike to the cairn marking the start of the hike in the wash that is Kofa Queen Canyon Road. The trail is fairly easy to follow most of the time and is well marked with cairns, although there were some cairns marking off trail routes. I did miss the trail where it goes up the final bedrock wash, mainly because I was looking up at the peak to the left and thought that was the summit. After getting to the top of that I saw the summit of Signal and then headed over that way. I went to the antenna first and then realized that I had walked right by the summit, so went back there, reaching that in 2:02. After about 20 min. on top, I also went over the north peak on the way down. When I reached the valley below Ten Ewe, I climbed up from there and circled around the south side of Ten Ewe on an easy bench and went up an easy 3rd class scramble on the east side to the east peak and then over to the true summit. I tried to find a trail going down but didn't see any so tried to go down the west side after seeing 1 cairn over there but got stopped by the cliffs. I walked all around the lower shelf, trying a couple of places but didn't see any way down. I finally ended up back where I started on the east side and returned the same way I came, back to the trail for Signal Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3251 ft / 990 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3251 ft / 990 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2151 ft / 655 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2031 ft / 619 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Ten Ewe Canyon, climber's trail
    Start Trailhead:Kofa Queen Canyon Road  2846 ft / 867 m
    Time:2 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3131 ft / 954 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2031 ft / 619 m; Extra: 1100 ft / 335m
    Gain on way out:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Via Ten Ewe Mtn. and Canyon
    End Trailhead:Kofa Queen Canyon Road  2846 ft / 867 m
    Time:3 Hours 58 Minutes



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