|Signal - Ten Ewe - Cunningham, AZ|
|Signal - Ten Ewe - Cunningham, AZ|| |
Signal - Ten Ewe - Cunningham, AZ
|Hiking||9.00 Miles|| 6 Hrs 13 Mns ||1.75 mph|
|4,613 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 5 Mns Break|
|I was wanting to add Signal Peak to my state county high-pointer list, and I did not want to go all the way there just for one peak, so I decided to also add 10U, aka Ten Ewe Mountain, and Cunningham Mountain.|
I did Cunningham Peak first, and I followed the advice of @Jim_H and took the Pipeline Road off of Highway 95. The GPS coordinates for the turn are: 33.54607, -114.21717. It was a straight shot on this road for about 7.5 miles to where I parked just below a locked gate on the road up to the peak. The drive in was easy, although there was one place near Tyson Wash that was a bit washed out; a low clearance vehicle might have some difficulty at this spot; otherwise, most any vehicle could make it to the TH. I posted a GPS of my drive to the TH -- even though it is intuitive how to get to the TH, I still managed to take a couple of wrong turns for short distances.
The hike up to Cunningham was a contant, steep climb, and you start going uphill immediately. It is about 1.7 miles to the summit and you climb up 1,775'. There are lots of antennae at the top, which didn't really excite me. However, the views were great and I thought that it was a worthwhile climb. There were sections on the road up that were paved, which reminded me to Thompsons Peak in the MdDowells. I saw one benchmark disk on the summit.
After descending Cunningham, I took the Pipeline Road back to Highway 95 and made my way to the start point for the hike to Signal and 10U. To get the start point was about a 50 minute drive off of Highway 95 -- you'd definitely want a HCV for the drive; a 4WD vehicle would be best, but I imagine that a skillful driver could get there in a HC 2WD vehicle in dry weather.
The route descriptions in the guides for these 2 peaks provided by @chumley were very accurate, and I did not have much trouble getting to the summits. There was a pretty good use trail for most of the way to Signal Peak, along with a number of cairns. I had the default GPS track which was helpful. There were good views on top of Signal, and I found 3 benchmark disks up there. I signed the summit log, and noticed that @Jim_H had been up there.
The hike/climb up to 10U was the highlight of the day -- getting up there was fun, fun, fun! I went up a chute that had a bit of vegetation in it, but it wasn't bad. After that there was a bit of class 3 climbing to get to the summit, but to me there was nothing that was "sketchy". I enjoyed the views up there, but did not stay too long because it was getting late in the day. I did not see a summit log book or any benchmark disks up there.
The Kofa's are pretty neat -- as some have mentioned, the range is similar to the Supes in some respects. I'd certainly like to do some exploring in the Kofa Mountains!
I had a great time hiking these 3 peaks, especially 10U -- I may start warming up to hiking the desert peaks that are west of Phoenix! Peakbaggers may have an interest in Cunningham and Signal, as both are P2K summits, i.e., both have 2,000 feet or more of topographic prominence. In addition, Signal Peak is one of the 15 county high-pointers in AZ.
The mileage and elevation gain for the 2 hikes are below:
1)Cunningham: 3.4 miles with an AEG of 1,775'
2)Signal and Ten Ewe: 5.6 miles with an AEG of 2,838'
The stats above are the sum of the two.
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|