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Signal and Ten Ewe, AZ
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Signal and Ten Ewe, AZ 
Signal and Ten Ewe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2016
chumley
Hiking5.26 Miles 2,997 AEG
Hiking5.26 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   1.64 mph
2,997 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I had told Denny I would take him up Signal Peak in the Kofas as he pursues the AZ county highpoints. This is prime season to be in the Kofa, and I hadn't been since spring so it was nice to get back. We recruited Dave and three Johns to joins us on the day. Good thing everybody has a workable nickname. Specifying JJ9LP is much easier than everybody responding to "John" :)

We were at the trailhead in about 2:55, including a 15-minute morning breakfast stop, and on the trail by 9. We could have left a couple hours later since for some reason we made it a point of trying to keep up with JJ. :app:

County highpoint reached by 10:15. Spotted a lone ewe on a prominent point on our way to the southern viewpoint before heading over to Ten Ewe. JJLP and I took the upper chute and I was relieved to find it wasn't as much of a challenge as last time when I turned back and took the lower chute. I really like the high route better, but you have to get past a short climb where your best holds are very loose rocks. The slope up after that is fun.

After a short break at the summit we headed back down. It's steep, and we were back at the TH in no time. This is one of those hikes I can do a couple of times a season. It was great to hike with Denny for the first time in a long while ... and everybody else too I guess. :)
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