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Pineline Trail to Signal Peak, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,720 feet
Elevation Gain 290 feet
Accumulated Gain 464 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.72
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14  2017-10-14
Pinals 2x Wussy Loop
chumley
14  2014-10-18
Pinal Mountains 4X Super Loop
friendofThunderg
5  2014-08-08
Ferndell Trail #204
jochal
10  2013-10-27
Pinal 1/2 4X Not So Super Loop
chumley
22  2011-10-30 Randal_Schulhaus
6  2010-10-28
Kellner Canyon Trail #242
PrestonSands
45  2010-07-30
Six Shooter Trail #197
JimmyLyding
26  2010-07-30
Six Shooter Trail #197
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Preferred   Sep, May, Jun, Aug → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:51am - 5:24pm
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Bobtail Ridge Trail #194
0.0 mi away
3.0 mi
121 ft
Ferndell Trail #204
Ferndell Trail #204
0.3 mi away
1.6 mi
-280 ft
Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge Loop
Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge Loop
0.3 mi away
5.0 mi
1,430 ft
Middle Trail #202
Middle Trail #202
0.4 mi away
0.6 mi
88 ft
Pipeline Trail #193 - Pinal
0.4 mi away
0.7 mi
185 ft
Pinal Peak 7848
0.5 mi away
Signal Peak 7812
0.8 mi away
Pioneer Pass Campground
1.8 mi away
East Mountain Trail #214
East Mountain Trail #214
1.8 mi away
3.8 mi
539 ft
Pioneer Trail #196
Pioneer Trail #196
1.8 mi away
4.6 mi
1,637 ft
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by PrestonSands

The Pineline Trail #193 is one of several short trails on the top of Pinal Peak. The Pineline, Middle, and Ferndell Trails serve as connectors between the three major trails that climb Pinal Peak itself. With elevations in the mid 7000's and a beautiful forest mix of pine, fir, and aspen, these trails, although short, offer a cool retreat in summer, and vivid color in the fall.


This hike describes a trek along the Pineline Trail from the Bobtail Ridge Trailhead to the top of 7812 foot Signal Peak. Much of the hike along the Pineline Trail requires some route finding skills, due to damage from 2000's Peak Fire. Those who are not looking for a route finding challenge can bypass the Pineline Trail completely, and just hike up the fire road to the top of Signal Peak.

Starting at the Bobtail Ridge Trailhead, begin heading downhill on the Bobtail Trail #194. The Bobtail Trail switchbacks down for a quarter mile or so, before arriving in a flat saddle area, where the trail disappears. Just before reaching a lone group of tall, surviving ponderosa pines, there is an unsigned trail junction (33.28317 N, 110.83095 W) for the Pineline Trail. I built a modest sized cairn here; hopefully it won't collapse. The Pineline Trail turns north here, and immediately begins climbing a little, as it heads for a west facing slope. Within a short distance, the trail becomes a bit more defined, and easier to follow. There are some nice views to the west here, down Mill Creek canyon, as the Pineline Trail contours along through the burned forest. Wild flowers and new growth bring some hope for this area. Continuing on, the trail zigzags down an open, grassy ridge with views of Signal Peak. At 0.5 miles, the Pineline Trail arrives at the signed junction (33.28516 N, 110.83060 W) with the Middle Trail, then switchbacks off of the ridge, into unburned forest and plentiful greenery. The Pineline Trail briefly becomes a little faint once again, as it passes along the west side of the Pinal Recreation Area. At the one mile point, the Pineline Trail comes to an end at forest road 651 (33.28919 N, 110.83100 W). A sign indicating Trail #193 marks the junction.

To reach the top of Signal Peak, turn left onto forest road 651, and follow it a short distance (0.1 miles) to a gated side road on the left. Hop over the gate and head northwest up the side road. Thick firs and bigtooth maples provide ample shade, as the road climbs along the tops of Sixshooter and Icehouse Canyons, on the north face of Signal Peak. After 0.6 miles, the road comes to an end at the fire lookout tower on top of Signal Peak. During the mid 1880's, the U.S. Army used Signal Peak as a link in its chain of mountain top heliographs, that stretched across central and southeastern Arizona (a heliograph was a mirror that could communicate morse-code messages over long distances by reflecting sunlight). For some awesome views, climb the fire tower, or head over to the overlook a couple of hundred feet west of the summit, where there is an interpretive sign. Four Peaks, Superstition Mountain, Mt. Lemmon, and other peaks can be seen from Signal Peak.

Head back the way you came, or take the 651 road back to your vehicle for an easier return trip.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

PrestonSands
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    To Bobtail Trailhead
    For best results use this Upper Pinal Trailheads

    At the junction of highways 60 & 188 in Claypool, turn right (south) onto Russell Road

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    - South on Russell Road for 0.35 miles
    - DO NOT continue on Golden Hill, Russell turns right
    - Continue to 0.65 miles
    - DO NOT continue on Rose Mofford Way, Russell turns left
    - At 6.3 miles you reach FR 651

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    - Turn right (south) on FR 651 ( dirt road )
    - Continue to 10.25 mi, stay right at the fork
    - At 10.95 miles, there is a sign for Dead End Road/FR 651E. Turn right, and follow FR 651E for 0.1 miles to its end, at the Bobtail Ridge Trailhead. There is a wooden trail sign here for the Bobtail Trail.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 93.9 mi - about 2 hours 2 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - about 3 hours 4 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - about 4 hours 7 mins
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