Ascent of Signal Peak on 2017-07-29

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Signal Peak
    Elevation:10365 ft / 3159 m

Ascent Trip Report

i was kind of disappointed by the lack of views on this P4k. i took forsyth creek trail because it was advertised as being shaded: yep, it is. i probably didn't even have to apply sunscreen today. i'd spend 95% of the day in the cover of trees, with no views.

it seems everyone makes their own way through the trees after you get to the saddle between burger and signal peaks. i aimed for the saddle itself, then went up the ridge. the forest is fairly amenable to cross-country travel here, light understory, with manageable downfall.

the summit was popular: a group of 6 was there when i arrived; a group of 3 showed up before i left (and this doesn't include two different horse-riding groups who stopped at a viewpoint near burger). the locals indicated there were various other potential places to get a view, one of which was burger peak. i would have skipped burger peak (below my prom cutoff), but i really wanted to see something. so that's where i headed after signal.

today was moist: there was rain overnight. the air was humid enough that i ended up head to toe covered in sweat on the way up, my clothes unable to dry fast enough. fortunately a half hour on the summit was enough for some drying. the creek was still flowing, water was available 2.5mi to 3mi from the trailhead. on the way out, with 2mi left to go, rain kicked in, fierce. it threatened with a bit of hail, but mostly stayed as heavy rain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4352 ft / 1326 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4352 ft / 1325 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.6 mi / 21.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3902 ft / 1189 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3702 ft / 1129 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:forsyth creek
    Start Trailhead:6663 ft / 2030 m
    Time:3 Hours 56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4152 ft / 1265 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3702 ft / 1129 m; Extra: 450 ft / 137m
    Gain on way out:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:via burger
    End Trailhead:6663 ft / 2030 m
    Time:3 Hours 46 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: signal, burger

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Signal Peak2017-07-29 a4352 ft / 1326 m
2Burger Peak2017-07-29 b 
Total Trip Gain: 4352 ft / 1326 m    Total Trip Loss: 4352 ft / 1326 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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