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Nov 09 2020
azbackpackr
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 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
Cunningham MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2020
azbackpackr
Hiking3.80 Miles 1,859 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   1.71 mph
1,859 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
 
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This was perfect for today. I wanted a hike that was short and steep, with a trail or road to follow. I messed up my shoulder in a minor mishap, so I don't want to do any scrambling or go on any really rough terrain. (Biking and paddling are definitely off the list for now, too.) I'm trying to let the shoulder heal.

I had the whole place to myself. It was sort of chilly but I had brought layers. I forgot the Nikon, so all I have to offer are phone photos. My phone takes lousy photos.

It was fun finding that old register from the Desert Peaks Section.

I thought it odd that the benchmark has a spot for the elevation but they didn't engrave it on there.

Not much in the way of wildlife. I saw bighorn sheep tracks and droppings, and a ground squirrel, that's it. I didn't see a lizard, or even any birds.

The gas line road discussed by Jim_H and others is definitely the way to go in. It is a little over two miles south of the road described in the original write-up. It's a straight shot into the area. It will be very obvious when you are near the actual road that goes up the mountain, because you can see it snaking all the way up.
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Jan 08 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Signal - Ten Ewe - Cunningham, AZ 
Signal - Ten Ewe - Cunningham, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.00 Miles 4,613 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs   13 Mns   1.75 mph
4,613 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
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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.
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Dec 18 2015
Jim_H
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 University, AZ
Cunningham MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2015
Jim_H
Hiking3.62 Miles 1,840 AEG
Hiking3.62 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.67 mph
1,840 ft AEG
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On the way out to Castle Dome I paid a visit to this as a warm up hike, and because I thought it was interesting. The summit views were quiet good, and the hike was OK. The drive in was a bit much, and though I made it with no trouble, I saw no need to repeat it in the opposite direction, and so I used the gas line road to return to US 95. If you do want to hike this, I recommend approaching on the gas road, which is a few miles south of the description's turn, and marked by a gas pipe thing on the west side of the road. It is also due east of the peak, and a logical straight shot at Cunningham.

Good summit views with nice clear air and some Colorado River views made this an interesting one. Scenic area, but not a hike I would be likely to repeat any time soon, as it is nothing special, being a road. After heading out, I went south on 95 and watched the sunset while on my way to Castle Dome.
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 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Cunningham MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2013
Booneman
Hiking3.62 Miles 1,840 AEG
Hiking3.62 Miles   1 Hour      3.62 mph
1,840 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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After hiking Signal Peak, the three of us traveled across 95 to the Dome Rock Mountains to hike Cunningham.
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