Ascent of Signal Peak on 2017-12-09

Climber: Nathan Tenney

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Signal Peak
    Elevation:4877 ft / 1486 m

Ascent Trip Report

December 9th, 2017. Started 7:30am, finished 4pm. Successful ascent of Signal Peak. Done via Kofa Queen Canyon Rd and DPS Route C.

Camped the night before at a site on the intersection of Palm Canyon Rd and Kofa Queen Canyon Rd. Didn't want to drive the 7.1 miles to the trailhead since I heard it was more rough which was the case, definitely would need high-clearance. Left from camp at 7:30am and got to the trailhead at 10am. Reports on DPS Route C were true in that there really is the slightest of a trail, mostly just using best judgement and following the cairns. Getting to the first saddle was tricky as I got off the "trail" and had a really tough time navigating where exactly the GPS route was taking me with spotty coverage. After the first major saddle the trail was much easier and got me up there before noon, coming down was even easier spotting the cairns. All in all it was fairly difficult but mostly because of the 14.2 extra miles added on by starting back near Palm Canyon, would have been worth it to take another vehicle and start closer.
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Summit of Signal Peak with the Kofa Mountains in back, Yuma County AZ (2017-12-09). Photo by Nathan Tenney.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3314 ft / 1010 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18.2 mi / 29.3 km
    Route:Kofa Queen Rd/DPS Route C
    Trailhead:Intersection of Kofa Queen and Palm Canyon Roads  1563 ft / 476 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Chilly morning, warm afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 4 Hours 0 Minutes

Other Photos

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Sunrise over Signal Peak from the west (2017-12-09). Photo by Nathan Tenney.
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