Ascent of Signal Peak on 2014-01-18

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Sridhar Gullapalli
Tohru Ohnuki
Ted Lubeshkoff
Jim Fleming
Date:Saturday, January 18, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Signal Peak
    Elevation:4877 ft / 1486 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Private Outing***

From our camp at the mouth of Ten Ewe Canyon off of Kofa Queen Canyon Road, we followed the very extensively ducked and easy to follow DPS Route C to the summit of Signal Peak, passing through a very short section of low class 3 on the way. On the summit of Signal Peak, we decided to go get Ten Ewe Peak via it's northwest face on our way out.

Heading down from Signal Peak, at about 4,230' we left the use trail we had come up and continued SE to drop down slightly into a drainage and then back up and over the prominent bump/ridge that lies in the saddle between Signal and Ten Ewe, just north of its high point (4320'+). From here, we could clearly make out two nearly vertical fins on the NW flank of Ten Ewe. These fins are parallel to each other and to the NW face of Ten Ewe; chutes can be observed between the fins. The 1st chute lies between the Mtn and the first fin, a 2nd chute occurs NW of the 1st chute between the first and second fin, and a 3rd chute occurs further NW between the second fin and a large outcrop. Each of the chutes appear to top out at a small ridge on the NW flank of Ten Ewe at the "eleven o'clock" position (relative to north). The "Eleven o'clock Ridge" rises to a summit plateau, and the summit rises from this plateau. The summit is the western of the two bumps on the plateau.

Once we got up on the NW side of Ten Ewe I went to investigate the chutes; heading SE, I initially came upon the 3rd chute. The 3rd chute is Class 2-steep, sandy, brushy, and topped by a large chockstone. Low Class 3 is required to get past the chockstone, but once above it, you're on the "Eleven o'clock Ridge". And once on the "Eleven o'clock Ridge", low Class 3 with occasional exposure will get you up onto the summit plateau and then the summit. Tohru, Sridhar, and Ted took this route to the summit.

Continuing to the SE, I noted that the 2nd chute cliffs out right away. The 1st chute comes upon a Class 3 move right away, followed a few feet beyond that by a 6 - 7 foot wall where unless you're real tall and agile (of which I'm neither) a Class 4 move or two is needed. Beyond that Class 4 is a pretty nice ramp that heads up ultimately to the "Eleven o'clock Ridge". The ramp is a ledge type feature that varies in width along its length from several feet to not much more than a few inches; at its narrowest ample vegetation is available to grab onto as you ascend; exposure isn't bad at all along the ramp. Fleming and I took this route up to "Eleven o'clock Ridge"; from here we re-united with the others and then made our way up to the summit. All of us came out via the 3rd Chute.

Mileage, gain, and time is approximate, and is one way to Signal Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2100 ft / 640 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2100 ft / 640 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:DPS Route C
    Trailhead:2777 ft / 846 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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