Ascent of Signal Peak on 2019-04-28

Climber: Powen Ru

Others in Party:Jeff
Date:Sunday, April 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Signal Peak
    Elevation:7841 ft / 2389 m

Ascent Trip Report

The main parking of Cisco Grove was cleared but the entrance was blocked. There's not a gate on Rattlesnake Rd; but obviously not passable by any 4WD because of snow. However, the road was not fully covered by snow.
I left the road (right gpx) early to bypass 6047 junction. Once I met the 4WD road, I found it was not easy to follow; just aimed to the ridge. I could have put on snowshoes soon after I left Rattlesnake Rd and continued a seamless snow path to a rock-pile just below an abandoned lookout hut; but I did not.
There is a very good trail leading to the summit (only on Open Street map), no snow at that moment until very close to the towers.
On my way down, I put snowshoes on after I passed the hut and made a shorter cut (left gpx). I encountered some light bushwhacks but saved 0.2mi.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2481 ft / 756 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2481 ft / 756 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2346 ft / 715 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2201 ft / 670 m; Extra: 145 ft / 44m
    Loss on way in:145 ft / 44 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:SWS ridge
    Start Trailhead:Cisco Grove  5640 ft / 1719 m
    Time:3 Hours 9 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2336 ft / 712 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2201 ft / 670 m; Extra: 135 ft / 41m
    Gain on way out:135 ft / 41 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:SWS ridge
    End Trailhead:Cisco Grove  5640 ft / 1719 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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