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Signal TeN EWe, AZ
mini location map2018-03-10
15 by photographer avatarchumley
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Signal TeN EWe, AZ 
Signal TeN EWe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2018
chumley
Hiking5.35 Miles 2,974 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   1.54 mph
2,974 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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I had an in town commitment that required me to choose a short hike. This pair is always a winner.

My plan was to explore a potential NEW ascent route of Ten Ewe from the "ramp" that climbs the southwest face. I'd read online somewhere that somebody had gone that way before and I'd never really considered it. The satellite photo makes it look like you could drive your Jeep up it if you had good enough tires. But photos can be deceiving.

Approaching it, I was pretty leery as the slope looked very narrow and steeply angled to the very exposed abyss below. Once there though, I was able to find a reasonably safe route with minimal light climbing and not much brush. This approach is much more scenic than the chute on the north side and I'd recommend this route be part of a lasso loop to the peak for anybody hitting this one in the future.

I also established that traveling between Ten Ewe and Summit Peak would be possible, which might make for a fun day sometime.

The weather was a treat. It rained all day, and I enjoyed seeing this range under a cloud of gray and rain. Three times the rain came down heavy enough that I ducked into a cave for a few minutes to wait it out. It didn't seem cold, but it was only 55 at my truck when I finished, so it might have been in the upper 40s up top. There was a nice breeze to go along with the stinging drizzle.

Of course, it makes no sense to be that close to a county high point and not actually hit it, so I made sure to bag Signal Peak too. 😉

A fantastic day all around!
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