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Kofa Mountains: Signal Peak

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Highlights:

Remote desert summit, solitude, and challenging trail to navigate
Near:Quartzsite, AZ
Scenery:
Distance:4.1 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2050 ft
Hike Time:3.5 hours
Difficulty:Strenuous
Trail Condition:Bush wacking
HikeType:Out and Back



Summary: This route takes you to the 4,877 foot summit of Signal Peak which is located in the remote Kofa mountains of southwestern Arizona. Do not attempt this hike unless you've developed keen route finding skills and are in relatively good condition. There is a continuous trail all the way to the summit but it is extremely faint in places and difficult to follow - occasionally you may find a cairn marking the trail . When I did the hike most all of the cairns had obviously been kicked-over or knocked down by a previous hiking party. The responsible party may have been disgruntled by the over-abundance of cairns that pop up from unskilled hikers that loose the trail and haplessly leave cairns on a new but incorrect hiking path, thus, leaving a maze of cairns and a multitude of paths to the top of the peak. Your best guide to the summit is to study the provided map, look for cairns, but don’t count on them, use common sense and enjoy the adventure.
Trailhead: From Quartzite, drive south on US 95 for 18.5 miles to the Palm Canyon Road exit. Turn left (east) and travel 3.2 miles on a gravel road to the Kofa Queen Canyon Road turnoff. Turn left (northeast) and follow the road for 7.5 miles to the trailhead. The last 2.7 miles will be in the Kofa Queen Canyon and will require a 4-wheel drive vehicle to make it completely to the trailhead. The trailhead is at the entrance to a large canyon opening, which is the mouth of Indian Canyon. The trailhead may be marked by a large cairn or two steel fence posts, depending on previous flooding conditions. Do not rely on trail markers, follow the prominent wash into the canyon. (Lat:33.36893 Lon:-114.06187)
Trail Guides for Kofa Mountains: Signal Peak:
Exploring Arizonas Wild Areas
by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Rob Brinkerhoff, who has posted  33 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Viewer on 1/26/2007
Going up one more time as there was alot of smoke in the air last climb in 2006.We done it in Feb. and it was a nice climbing day with no wind.


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