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Signal Mountain - 4 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 24 2021
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2021
chumley
Hiking6.68 Miles 2,098 AEG
Hiking6.68 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   1.95 mph
2,098 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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With rain continuing to soak the hills north and east of town, but not enough to make any fun surface flow, it seemed to be a good day to head west. Winter is a great time to visit the obscure desert peaks and this one turned out to be a real gem. When I first spotted it from Woolsey, this dynamic looking peak begged to be summited, and I'm glad to have had such an ideal day to do it. Lots of sign of sheep, but no sightings. Climbed up the chute to the summit. The protection there was preferred to our descent route which stayed on the south side before traversing back to the saddle. The mileage isn't much, but the terrain makes it more than worthwhile for the drive. Made a post-hike pitstop at the Gila for some petros and got to tow (yota) two trucks out of the mud. :y:
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Nov 28 2017
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2017
Jim_H
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.33 mph
1,300 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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The mountain is interesting, but with so much rotted rock I prefer others. Nice summit. I would have preferred the clear skies that were originally predicted and not the nasty clouds I got, as the views might have been better. I'm not likely to repeat this any time soon, so I guess I get what I got.
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Oct 26 2016
MountainMatt
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 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2016
MountainMatt
Hiking6.95 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.95 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.41 mph
1,300 ft AEG      32 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Happy to check this one off my list but disappointed I failed to wake up early enough to get sunrise photos of this unique mountain.
I parked and started my day at 7am along Woolsey Wash Rd at the same place I stopped last time I was out here due to a huge rut in the road just after the wash.
I was hoping to go a little further and then cut across the desert but I think this route may have even worked out better since it was almost completely flat until just before I hit the base of the mountain, my original
plan would have had a lot of annoying ups and downs.
Needless to say almost any approach to Signal Mountain has its obstacles, the whole mountain itself is surrounded by countless smaller hills and mini mountains that make ascending, descending and re-ascending inevitable while making the summit approach.

For the first time in a long time I felt a bit uneasy on my way up Signal, I'm not sure what it was but I didn't feel my usual self, it was probably my lack of sleep the night before and I think I was just over worrying about the heat of the already relentless sun since I typically don't hike in arid desert weather. Or maybe I was just feeling the nearly 600ft of gain in the last half-mile that left me feeling that way..
It's funny because after I passed "The Fin" and was about to start the actualt summit scramble I felt tremendously better and immediately got in my happy groove and enjoyed the fun little climb the rest of the way up to the summit.

It's was a rewarding feeling to grace the top of this seldom summitted mountain and the 360° views made it all worth it!
You can truly get a real feel for just how remote and isolated this place is once on top, nothing but just vast open views of rugged and wild desert in every direction.
Except the cool thing was I had great cell signal atop Signal Mountain, which is always a sense of comfort when out solo at a place like this.
The summit register had some legendary hikers names on it.. Packard and Outlander were two of them, I think Bob P was just too cool to sign the register when he was up here because I know he has graced this summit as well.

The views from up top provided me with an easier descent plan that would require less ups and downs. I basically went down the opposite side of "The Fin" then I had came up and from there just made my way down the more gradual slopes of the mountains northern side.
From there I just made a path of least resistance back to my vehicle, it may have been a tad more mileage but since I avoided all the annoying hills and washes it was all good.

Overall a great morning but I'm still rather bummed I didn't get a chance to use my camera. Someday I'll capture the unique look of both Signal Mountain and Woolsey Peak during a sunrise or sunset or perhaps even at night with some stars.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Jagow Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
The tank is very low, pretty much a large puddle.
Satellite views shows a much larger profile when it's full.
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Feb 07 2014
BobP
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 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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BobP
Hiking6.01 Miles 1,880 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles
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I presumably did this hike today. I can.unequivocally say that I did not consume any Signal Mountain Stout :( . Fun hike great views and exceptional company.
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Feb 02 2014
dwightnancy
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61 male
 Joined Oct 26 2012
 denver, co.
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2014
dwightnancy
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We came north into the area between Woolsey and Signal wildernesses from the painted rock area on this moderate 4WD road.
We parked on Woolsey Wash Road more or less due east of Signal Mountain.
Our route loosely followed the gps track posted by fellow HAZers.  5 hours car to car at a steady pace.  Basically, we were on a straight ahead route heading towards the yellow fins left side.  As we got higher we worked saddles and ridges (photos) to get up to a point where we could see the slight rock gully on the left of the fin (photo).  We then followed this gully along the base of the fin (photo).  There is a nice little saddle at the upper end of the fin and from here you can see the ramp that leads up and to the left along the base of the summit block.  This takes you past a conspicuous saguaro where we dropped our trekking poles.  From here we headed up the southern ridge trending westward towards a large boulder (photo with finger).  The route to this point was 2nd to light 3rd class.  But the section above was semi-exposed 4th class for maybe 70 feet.  From here we headed up a tight gully (photo) that helps limit the fall potential.  At the top of this gully we exited left and found ourselves on an exposed ridge that we carefully traversed to the true summit at the north end of the ridge.  Take note of this gully as you will need to descend here as well.  Going down I spotted Nancy while we both faced the rock.  Cholla index was low for this hike.  Ginger the dog stayed back at the base of the summit block tied in by her harness.  In retrospect, she could have sumitted but it would have made the last bit arduous.  Not to mention short roping the dog takes attention away from personal safety.
The views from the summit are great. Saddle Mountain to the north, Eagle tail to the northwest, Woolsey to the southeast. There's a 10x10 flat area where a tower must have been. All in all, a great hike that can be done with a reasonable risk level. Be careful and you will see the effort matches the view!
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Mar 18 2013
Dave1
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45 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2013
Dave1
Hiking4.10 Miles 562 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
562 ft AEG
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Didn't make it up to the top. My wife hurt her foot so we had to turn around.
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Jun 11 2012
Outlander
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 Joined Aug 03 2007
 Tolleson, AZ
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2012
Outlander
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      2.00 mph
2,000 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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The mission was to hike Signal Mountain, then check out the 1995 Amtrak Sunset Limited train derailment site, also known as the Palo Verde Derailment.

Access is easy, taking the Agua Caliente Road to the railroad crossing, then head SW to Patterson Tank; another dirt road will take you a mile south of Signal Mountain.

I arrived at the trail head at 10 AM in good spirits, though not quite 100%, still suffering the effects of a long sweat hike a few days prior. There are several routes to reach the summit, though I recommend the north face. So long as you keep a respectful distance from the cliffs, you will not fall down them, says me. I took the west face back down, which is fairly easy but composed of slippery gravel that is sure to dump a few travelers.

There are less than two dozen names on the peak register, dating back to 1998. Most of the peak baggers reported spotting bighorn sheep, as did I, seeing four sheep near the water tank on the north end.

The next stop was the Sunset Limited train derailment site, located at exactly 33.21193 degrees North, 113.01559 degrees West.

That reminds me of a little story:

Not long after the initial reports of the derailment became known, authorities revealed that the incident was an act of domestic terrorism, and a group known as "The Sons of the Gestapo" had claimed responsibility. (the note was a ruse)

A half million dollar reward was offered, and is still pending, for information that leads to the conviction of the person/persons who committed the crime, that to this day, remains unsolved. The huge reward attracted an army of bounty hunters, who descended upon the nearby community of Hyder like locusts, searching for El Dorado. One of whom was a family acquaintance named John X.

John had spent much of his childhood in the tight knit community of Hyder, and had a few relatives living there that he was on speaking terms. He played the part of a returning prodigal son, coming home to start up a new jojoba bean processing business, promising high paying jobs to everyone in town. My dad acted as his "big city money man", pretending to be the financial backer in their ridiculous cover story.

Over the ensuing weeks, John learned that a member of the Church had come up missing shortly after the derailment, and no one knew where he had gone off to. It was rumored that he had been killed by Church elders, and then the body was dumped in the Sundad Mine, which was sealed in the dead of night by a bulldozer. Others surmised that he had been spirited away to Colorado City or Utah, and lives in hiding to this day.

Most of John's story was falsehood and deceit, I have no doubt, but it is true that someone did collapse the entrance of the Sundad Mine that year. I followed up on the info in 1995, worming my may past the debris covering the entrance. The shaft was a steep incline, to which I bailed after going down 40 feet or so, judging it to be too dangerous to continue. Had there been a dead body in there, I would have smelt it, so that part of the tale was likely a fabrication, as was his claim that there were 40 ore cars at the bottom of a mine west of Yellow Medicine Butte; his $200 finder fee I never did pay, but that is another story.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Patterson Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
There is a well and tank set up with water.

dry Quail Wash Dry Dry
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Jan 31 2010
desert_boonie
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 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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desert_boonie
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,181 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.40 mph
2,181 ft AEG
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After salivating over Signal atop Woolsey last weekend, Chris, Scott, and I had to go hit her up. We took the Agua Caliente Rd to a turnoff and were lined up in the middle of Woolsey and Signal. We hiked across the desert floor three miles to the east side of Signal where we headed on up the ramp past the huge fin and to the south end of the peak. From here we made the scramble on up to the summit where great views awaited. On the way back down we had the huge urge to make it up the small peak sticking out of the ground so we did where we found it to be Peak 1689 where surprisingly there was a register placed there with only a few names in it. Back down and over to the vehicle for a nice days hike. Awesome isolated area, love it.
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Jan 31 2010
sbkelley
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 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2010
sbkelley
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.40 mph
2,200 ft AEG
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Really enjoyed this one - Ken, Chris, and I parked right beneath Webb Mountain's west slopes. We set off across the flat desert towards distant-looking Signal Mountain. The closer we got, the more colorful and varied the terrain got. We left the main wash east of the peak and headed for what looked like a solid ramp, heading right to the main summit block. We were disheartened to find two gashes along this east ridge that required some downclimbing and re-ascending. Eventually, we got to a spectacular saddle right beneath Signal. A large fin, made of volcanic rhyolite, emanated from the cliffy summit block right towards us. We skirted its left (south) side, traversed to the south ridge of Signal, and climbed this steep, and blocky ridge straight to the top. Loose rock abounds! We were greeted to a lonesome, unobstructed vista. Very cool area, very remote.
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 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Signal MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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lcozzetti
Hiking3.25 Miles 2,010 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   6 Hrs      0.54 mph
2,010 ft AEG
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We started from the east side since we parked in between Woolsey Peak and Signal Mtn. Headed west across the desert through the spring flowers. (after awhile our boots had a bright yellow dusting of pollen turning us into bees) Got into the main drainage and as we got closer we made the mistake of thinking the south side looked better. Climbed up to a notch where we could get a better look at the south side. It was cliffy and crubly so we moved back around to the east side (found some really big scat: squared off ends, looked like elongated marshallows - wonder what animal it came from). Got to the notch on the north of the peak between the peak and a beautful yellow fin of rock. It's just below the summit cliff band, headed to the west, up a gully, to a slope leading to the top. It was about 20 minutes from the notch to the summit. Not many entries in the register, last one was 3 years prior. But, of course, Peter Conklin of Congress, AZ had been there. Returned to the same notch and followed the drainage the entire way down.
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