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Kofa NWR - Signal and 10U, AZ
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Kofa NWR - Signal and 10U, AZ 
Kofa NWR - Signal and 10U, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking5.90 Miles 2,657 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   1.82 mph
2,657 ft AEG   2 Hrs   6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I hiked up to Signal Peak and Ten Ewe Mountain in early January of this year, and I enjoyed the hike so much that I decided to do a repeat.

Queen Canyon Road seemed a little better this time. There were a few sandy sections that might be trouble if you didn't have a 4WD vehicle, but an SUV would probably have enough clearance. However, there are a few rocky sections that could be an issue with a standard street tire.

We went up Signal first and then over to Ten Ewe. The trek up through Ten Ewe Canyon was steep, but it was well cairned and the trail was generally easy to follow. The scenery was great all the way through the canyon, and I was glad that we were in the shade on the way up. Once we got to Signal, we hung out at the summit for a while and enjoyed the views. I located the benchmark and two reference marks.

The climb up to Ten Ewe was the highlight of the hike for me. When you look at Ten Ewe from a distance, you wonder how you'll be able to summit it. There is chute to go through for the initial climb; the upper part of the chute is a class 3 climb, but it is narrow and you can use the walls of the chute on either side to pull yourself up. Beyond the chute there are a couple of fairly easy class 3 climbs to make before getting to the summit. There are great views at the summit, and we enjoyed being up there. I did not see any survey marks at the summit. On the way down from the summit, we initially went east to avoid the first class 3 downclimb. We then descended Ten Ewe the way we came up, and made our way back to the TH.

On the way to Signal, we saw 3 bighorn sheep when we got to the first saddle. We saw another bighorn on the way down from Signal as we neared the turn to go to Ten Ewe.

It was a great day in the Kofa's, which to me are like the Supes without the crowds. We did not see another human on the hike.
Fauna
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Bighorn Sheep
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Natural Arch
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