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Signal Peak 4877 - KOFA
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10 by photographer avatarGrangerGuy
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Signal Peak 4877 - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking4.04 Miles 2,108 AEG
Hiking4.04 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   0.73 mph
2,108 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
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After camping overnight along the road, I started out from the car at 7:50 am. It was 37°. A little cold, but not bad if I kept moving. The trail is easy to follow. At the road it is marked by a couple of fence posts, and there are cairns all along the trail. This is a great hike to start at sunrise, and watch the sun work its way down on the peaks.

There was a little snow on the trail, and occasionally a frozen pool, but the ice and snow were never a problem. Lots of vegetation here: manzanita, barrel cactus, yucca, ocotillo, prickly pear, brittlebush, cholla, and grass everywhere. I heard but did not see a spotted towhee on the way up. The guide is correct: this trail is steep. And when it is not steep, it’s steeper. I had to shorten my poles to 105 cm on the way up, and extend to the max on the way down.

It took me three hours to get to the top. Lots of people report two hours or so, but 3 hours would be typical for me for a hike like this. I spent an hour on the top. There was sun, no wind, and I enjoyed reading the summit register while eating my lunch. A shout out to earlier HAZers I saw in the log: Dixie Flyer (12/21/20), Jim_H (3/29/18), Ben Chumley (1/21/18). There was an enigmatic signature by Mrs. Fred Becky (sic) Seattle (1/17/16). Wasn’t sure what to make of that one.

Going down was quicker. I started to see other hikers as I headed down, including a couple who were obviously spooked by the steep trail. Although, I would say the road was definitely high clearance, there was a VW Golf at the trailhead when I left. Not sure how they made it there.
 
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