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Signal Hill, AZ

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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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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
4  2010-08-10 Digital_Sherpa
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Author Jeffshadows
author avatar Guides 28
Routes 20
Photos 672
Trips 169 map ( 1,088 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Old Pueblo
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:28pm
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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 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.

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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Most recent Triplog Reviews
Signal Hill
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Did a nice loop from Ez-Kim-in-Zin parking lot...I did all of Encinas, then hiked the 0.4 mi back to Cactus Wren and took it south to Signal Hill. From Signal Hill I followed the road out of that picnic area to the Wild Dog Trail. I took Wild Dog to the end, then did Valley View real quick and back, then picked up Bajada Wash heading south to Hohokam Road, where I crossed the road to pick up the west end of Hugh Norris. I took Hugh Norris to Sendero Esparanza going north to return to Ez-Kim-in-Zin parking lot.

Encinas was part wash and part old road, a slight decline down to Cactus Wren. The others were ok also...the better trail was Hugh Norris for sure. Nice views. It incidentally was the real trail with any notable elevation (though Sendero Esparanza was a quick drop of elevation from the ridgeline that Hugh Norris started off as and continued as, on the way to Amole & Wasson Peaks).
Signal Hill
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Good times in the Tucson mountains. Hiked the Sendero Esperanza trail on up to Wasson peak, made it up in 1:10 with no stops. Quick stop up at the peak for the views, hazy day so not as good as usual. I scrambled up Amole Peak on the way back to check out the big white antenna that I could see the whole ridgeline. Nothing too exciting...Lots of good bloom out here right now, Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi), Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) and Bahia (Bahia absinthifolia) all in great color, especially on the southern slopes. Even saw some nice Desert Zinnia (Zinnia acerosa) tucked in here and there that were blooming nicely. After finishing up the hike, I made a quick side trip to Signal Hill on my way to Sanderio Road. Definitely some impressive petroglyphs, worth a trip if you are in the area.

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Saguaro National Park
2019 $20 vehicle, $15 motorcycle or $10 for any individual on foot or bicycle - the receipt is valid for 7 days Fees

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 trail head is one-tenth of a mile in.
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