Ascent of Signal Peak on 2019-06-15

Climber: Brett Marciasini

Others in Party:Arthur Marciasini
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Signal Peak
    Elevation:7841 ft / 2389 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful day for a hike with my wife and 8-year old son. Drove up Fordyce Lake Rd. About 1.3 miles. Spotted the MOA on the rock and found a place to park. The MOA is hard to spot at first, but once you do it’s really the only place that looks different from the rest of the drive in.

Pass the rock and start up the obvious trail. It’s like an old OHV trail, probably the way they used to get up to the fire lookout 100 years ago. There were a couple areas where the trail disappeared but it usually wasn’t for long. If you save Dean Gaudet’s track, it is right on point. Water was running freely down the middle of the trail through the forested areas. After a bit, we broke out of the trees and into the manzanita country up until we gained the ridge. Up here, we started finding snowdrifts over the trail which were easy enough to cross or head around. Snow started around 7,100 feet. The trail starts to climb up a hard packed rocky road that ascends to the old lookout. Pretty cool spot and amazing views.

The summit was just a short distance away with all of the ugly radio towers. Really big snow drifts over the summit between all of the buildings. Not sure if there is a benchmark or register up here, if there was, it was under the snow. The views across the snowy Sierra’s were breathtaking. Old Man Mountain to the north looks small from this vantage point. The west side of Signal still has quite a bit of snow while the eastern flank is dry. My Garmin says round trip was 5.1 miles. Did the whole thing on 4-1/2 hours, including a 30-minute summit break and lots of stops for the little man.

Great Father’s Day Weekend hike and long overdue for a Sierra Peak Bagging Adventure. Melt snow melt!! Ogul #10 for me.
Pictures here:
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1942 ft / 591 m
    Total Elevation Loss:170 ft / 51 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1942 ft / 591 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1772 ft / 540 m; Extra: 170 ft / 51m
    Loss on way in:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.3 km
    Route:Old road to fire lookout
    Start Trailhead:Fordyce Lake Rd  6069 ft / 1849 m
    Time:2 Hours 16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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