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7 by photographer avatarMountainMatt
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Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking6.95 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.95 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.41 mph
1,300 ft AEG      32 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Happy to check this one off my list but disappointed I failed to wake up early enough to get sunrise photos of this unique mountain.
I parked and started my day at 7am along Woolsey Wash Rd at the same place I stopped last time I was out here due to a huge rut in the road just after the wash.
I was hoping to go a little further and then cut across the desert but I think this route may have even worked out better since it was almost completely flat until just before I hit the base of the mountain, my original
plan would have had a lot of annoying ups and downs.
Needless to say almost any approach to Signal Mountain has its obstacles, the whole mountain itself is surrounded by countless smaller hills and mini mountains that make ascending, descending and re-ascending inevitable while making the summit approach.

For the first time in a long time I felt a bit uneasy on my way up Signal, I'm not sure what it was but I didn't feel my usual self, it was probably my lack of sleep the night before and I think I was just over worrying about the heat of the already relentless sun since I typically don't hike in arid desert weather. Or maybe I was just feeling the nearly 600ft of gain in the last half-mile that left me feeling that way..
It's funny because after I passed "The Fin" and was about to start the actualt summit scramble I felt tremendously better and immediately got in my happy groove and enjoyed the fun little climb the rest of the way up to the summit.

It's was a rewarding feeling to grace the top of this seldom summitted mountain and the 360° views made it all worth it!
You can truly get a real feel for just how remote and isolated this place is once on top, nothing but just vast open views of rugged and wild desert in every direction.
Except the cool thing was I had great cell signal atop Signal Mountain, which is always a sense of comfort when out solo at a place like this.
The summit register had some legendary hikers names on it.. Packard and Outlander were two of them, I think Bob P was just too cool to sign the register when he was up here because I know he has graced this summit as well.

The views from up top provided me with an easier descent plan that would require less ups and downs. I basically went down the opposite side of "The Fin" then I had came up and from there just made my way down the more gradual slopes of the mountains northern side.
From there I just made a path of least resistance back to my vehicle, it may have been a tad more mileage but since I avoided all the annoying hills and washes it was all good.

Overall a great morning but I'm still rather bummed I didn't get a chance to use my camera. Someday I'll capture the unique look of both Signal Mountain and Woolsey Peak during a sunrise or sunset or perhaps even at night with some stars.
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Summit Register Log

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Jagow Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
The tank is very low, pretty much a large puddle.
Satellite views shows a much larger profile when it's full.
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