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Signal Hill, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,320 feet
Elevation Gain -9 feet
Accumulated Gain 24 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.42
Interest Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Recalculates 2018-10-12 4:33 pm
21  2018-10-11 rwstorm
18  2017-09-20
SNP Manville Wild Dog Cactus Wren Trails
markthurman53
3  2016-05-08
Hugh Norris Trail
MikeS
23  2015-02-16
Manville - Cactus Wren loop
azdesertfather
1  2014-04-20 keepmoving
3  2013-01-19 keepmoving
4  2012-06-03 keepmoving
4  2010-08-10 Digital_Sherpa
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:57am - 5:23pm
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Water
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Manville - Cactus Wren loop
Manville - Cactus Wren loop
0.1 mi away
4.5 mi
230 ft
Wild Dog Trail - Saguaro NP West
Wild Dog Trail - Saguaro NP West
0.4 mi away
0.9 mi
191 ft
Valley View Overlook Trail - Saguaro NP West
Valley View Overlook Trail - Saguaro NP West
1.1 mi away
0.4 mi
40 ft
Valley View Trail
Valley View Trail
1.1 mi away
1.3 mi
450 ft
Bajada Wash Trail - Saguaro NP West
Bajada Wash Trail - Saguaro NP West
1.2 mi away
1.9 mi
38 ft
Hugh Norris Trail
Hugh Norris Trail
1.3 mi away
9.4 mi
2,507 ft
Encinas Trail
Encinas Trail
2.3 mi away
3.4 mi
-636 ft
Dobe Wash Trail - Saguaro NP West
Dobe Wash Trail - Saguaro NP West
2.4 mi away
1.4 mi
4 ft
Panther Peak Wash - Roadrunner Loop
3.2 mi away
4.3 mi
210 ft
Prophecy Wash
Prophecy Wash
3.4 mi away
2.0 mi
328 ft
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A link to the past.
by Jeffshadows

History
The Tucson Mountain Park area was the site of numerous Hohokam villages and farms from approximately 200 to 1450 AD. As a consequence, the Park now boasts a variety of sites for us to visit which allow us to experience their culture, first-hand. Signal Hill is so named for the series of petroglyph panels that adorn the rocks at its apex. One of the most notable is a large single spiral that faces the summer sun at noon. Some historians believe that presence of this spiral indicates that the area one housed a reliable spring. Nearby panels include zoomorphs of bighorn sheep, snakes, and what might possibly be a frog. Countless other symbols are also present, many human-like; including a human mirror-image. When the Park was created in 1933 the site was protected.


Hike
The trail is quite brief and well-maintained. It consists of two minor wash crossings and a series of developed stone steps. The course of the track is wide and sandy. Informational signs are present at various points, and the trail intersects both the Manville and Cactus Wren trails providing possibilities to make longer trips to nearby attractions. Shortly after the second wash crossing a small informational panel stands just off the trail near where one of the best views of the lower panels can be obtained. The trail makes its final ascent through the basalt boulders near the apex of the hill and ends at a cordoned-off vista with great views of the ranges to the west, and, of course, the petroglyph panels nearby.

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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.

Permit $$
NPS

Saguaro National Park
$15 vehicle, $10 motorcycle or $5 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees


Directions
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FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
From Tucson, head west on Speedway Blvd and pass over Gates Pass until Kinney Rd is reached. Turn north onto Kinney and into Saguaro National Park - West. Continue past the Visitor Center and turn right onto Sandario Rd. After 0.2 miles, turn right onto Golden Gate Rd (Dirt) and continue for 1.2 miles to the turnoff for the Signal Hill Picnic Area. The trail head is one-tenth of a mile in.
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