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Signal Peak 4877 - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking4.75 Miles 2,779 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   1.45 mph
2,779 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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@Tortoise_Hiker motivated me to catch up on my county high point's list with his recent summit of Harquahala, so I headed the same direction, but a little further west to Yuma County and the Kofas.

I knew Chumley had an affinity for this area, but I had always remained a little skeptical at how much I would enjoy the area. From the start this skepticism proved to be unwarranted, as it did not take long to fall in love with this quaint desert range and its craggy terrain. Someone thought it was a good idea to have a family reunion at the trailhead, so I had to park a few hundred feet up the road past the TH. I also had to delay my start time by 20 minutes because my phone had came unplugged on the bumpy road and sucked my battery dry with google maps running and frequent checks of route scout on the way in. Normally, I would have just left, but I had all of my routes on the cell for this hike. No worries though, once it hit 50% I was gone and I decided that instead of using RS to track, I would use my regular GPS sans downloaded route and screen shots of description, or quick route previews in RS if needed.

After finally getting to start, Signal Peak ended up going a little quicker than I thought. Chums wrote a good description and the route to the peak resembled more of a trail than an off trail route in many spots. I ended up only needing to check the route a few times on my phone and did not use much of my cell battery on the way up,so I decided to make it a double and added in Ten Ewe on the way down. I had downloaded the route the night before and thought it would be a good option if Signal went well.

Ten Ewe ended up being the highlight of the day/hike for me. Ten Ewe takes a little more scrambling and there are a couple of class three spots, but the peak offers a better view in my opinion and cooler summit in general. The route is also more fun in comparison to the steep, loose trail to Signal. After taking in the views from Ten Ewe, I headed back down the way I came and was back on the established trail shortly after. From there, its just a quick, knee jarring jaunt to the wash and road.

A great first visit to the Kofas, I am already pining for another trip!
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