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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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7  2021-08-07 adilling
21  2018-10-11 rwstorm
18  2017-09-20
SNP Manville Wild Dog Cactus Wren Trails
3  2016-05-08
Hugh Norris Trail
23  2015-02-16
Manville - Cactus Wren loop
1  2014-04-20 keepmoving
3  2013-01-19 keepmoving
4  2012-06-03 keepmoving
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Author Jeffshadows
author avatar Guides 28
Routes 20
Photos 672
Trips 169 map ( 1,088 miles )
Age 44 Male Gender
Location Old Pueblo
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Preferred Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:36am - 7:26pm
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A link to the past.
by Jeffshadows

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 the presence of this spiral indicates that the area once housed a reliable spring. Nearby panels include zoomorphs of bighorn sheep, snakes, and what might 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.

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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2008-12-21 Jeffshadows
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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 $$

Saguaro National Park
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
$45 Annual Park Pass View All

Map Drive
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 trailhead is one-tenth of a mile in.
page created by Jeffshadows on Dec 21 2008 3:26 pm
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