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Tracyvia Oak Grove TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2013

Tracy

Two of us (DB and I) from our group of four reached the summit on a rather cool, early fall day (it was 27 degrees when we started). The other two in our group (CP and AA) had already been to Signal's summit on previous occasions and were off exploring other peaks. The gate to the campground was locked due to the federal government shutdown which added about a mile to our round-trip travel. I ascended Burger Peak also since it is so close to Signal.
Posted Oct 12, 2013 6:39 pm

scgrantVia Oak Grove  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2013

scgrant

9/25/2013 I started the hike about a 1/2 mile below the Oak Grove campground as the gate was locked. Surprising as it seemed like the ideal time of year to be camping in the St. George area. From there I made good time and reached the ridge in a little over an hour and a half. I had made it this far last fall with my dad before running out of time, so it was nice to finally be able to drop down into Deer Flats and Further Water. Very windy on top even with all the tree cover. The hike down from the ridge took me almost as long as the hike up. Very steep and rocky trail.
Posted Sep 25, 2013 10:24 pm

jdmorehouseRain, hail, and lightning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2013

jdmorehouse

Although the day started off sunny as Rraine and I headed up Forsyth Canyon on the poorly maintained, highly eroded trail, but not two miles into the trip we noticed a cloud forming high on the ridge above. Around 10,000' or so, we were immersed in the cloud, which now extended out across the valley and was consolidating with other cloud formations in the area. The moment I opened the summit box, it began raining, so I decided to forgo my usual several minutes of reading the register before signing. Moments later it began hailing, although the only thunder we heard was many miles away yet. It rained intermittently on the way down, but about a mile or so from the car it began to rain in earnest and thunder was nearly constant. About a quarter mile from the car it began hailing again, and the intensity was something to take seriously. We got back to the car before the storm really kicked in. Any longer getting back and we would have been seriously hammered. We passed a small group who had packed back into the woods to camp the night, and hoped their tents were well water proofed!
Posted Sep 15, 2013 10:36 am

yadahzoemtnAnnular Eclypse Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2012

yadahzoemtn

Second time is the charm on this one.
Posted Sep 14, 2013 8:40 pm

PrinceOfNorwaySo hot!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2013

PrinceOfNorway

Thanks to all the people who went before me. Your snow tracks were much appreciated. I was so surprised to see snow up there when the valley was so hot. Anyway, the lizards and I became friends on the way up. Awesome views from the ridge. Lots of trees on top.
Posted May 30, 2013 12:53 pm

sstandingMade it in May  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2013
Hiked to Signal Peak solo on May 26, 2013. Started hiking at 4:45 am from Oak Grove with a head lamp and full moon to beat the heat and get back earlier. I'm grateful for the previous posts about the easy to miss right turn in the trail 1/4 mile from the start. Not a bit of snow until the pass/ridge and then tons of snow on the other side! I had snow shoes and used them for a while but then found the deep drifts (5 feet in some places) could be avoided for the most part by working the dry patches and staying on the north side of the canyons and using the open meadows. The trail was all but impossible to follow due to the snow but with a GPS I had no trouble finding the peak. I went cross county on the way there but followed the Further Water and Deer Flat route on the way back and it was a much better to got with less bushwacking and snow to deal with. At the peak I could not find any official marker or log book but there were several small rock piles in the area on top. It took me 4 1/2 hours to summit and 3 hours to make it back.
Posted May 28, 2013 12:09 am

klimbienSignaling from the Signal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2007

klimbien

Great Views of West Temple and the Hurricane Valley. Fun
Posted Aug 19, 2012 9:57 pm

DarrenKnezekAugust Heat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2012
Climbed at The Overlook the day before and thought that this would be a fun afternoon hike. Waayy hot!!! Left at 3 pm and reached the crest at 6 and then the summit an hour later. The hike on the summit trail was a blast. Stunning in beauty. The summit was easy to find with a GPS.
Posted Aug 13, 2012 4:32 pm

Bob BurdFrom Oak Grove CG  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011

Bob Burd

Morning hike, with Angels Landing in the afternoon. Trip Report
Posted Oct 30, 2011 11:56 am

Ted EliasonGotta start screwing up somewhere
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 1993

Ted Eliason

An embarassing first adventure in old boy scout equipment, late start, no gaiters, soaking feet in a cold shivering tent until thank God the sun finally came up.
Posted Oct 12, 2011 11:34 am

runbyu14 Summits!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2011

runbyu1

Wow. Three's a charm! Ran up from Oak Grove...much more difficult than expected. Took a wrong turn and went to the top of the wrong mountain too far to the west. Descended and made my way up and up and found rock piles and a summit register...for EAST signal peak. Brutal. Headed West and eventually found a register that said SIGNAL PEAK. Signed it and headed down over a mile before finding my cousin who wanted to go to the top despite me bringing only a water bottle and 2 gels...I had been out since the first false summit. Went back up and found a DIFFERENT Summit register which also said Signal Peak. This one had a geocache and I am beyond grateful for the person that left a Clif Mojo bar! You know it's a rough day on the mountain when your descent takes as long as your ascent but that was just about the case today...running out of water and calories took its toll! That said, 3 summits over 10k feet and one twice all made for 4 summits over 10,000 feet and 5.5 hours of running, power hiking, and stumbling...
Posted Oct 2, 2011 1:11 pm

voxnihili2nd Time's the Charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2009

voxnihili

I had tried this hike once previously (I missed a turn in the dark and spent a couple hours going the wrong direction).

No such misfortune this time. Beautiful day, didn't see anyone above the trailhead.
Posted Jul 5, 2011 1:05 pm

Pfeiffer75Steep heat   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010

Pfeiffer75

Climbed from the Oak Grove trail. The switchbacks were steep, but Deer Valley and Further Water were a welcome reprieve. Well worth the hike to see the meadows. View from the summit was minimal except from the west end, were the summit register was. Although the actual summit was about 300 feet away
Posted Jul 21, 2010 1:49 pm

JDrakeBeautiful snowshoe
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2010

JDrake

Approached from Pine Valley using the Forsyth trail. Blue skies, lots of snow, and really just an amazing day...other than the fact my partner got sick the night before and what was a planned 6 am start for the both of us turned into a 10:30 am start for just myself. No summit this day, made it to the junction with the summit trail around 9000 elevation before hitting my turn around time mandated by a waiting family in St. George. Will return to get this county highpoint in the Spring.
Posted Jan 21, 2010 12:26 pm

shphilbyOak Grove TH   Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2006

shphilby

Spent the night in the campground. Got up broke camp and started on our way. We were trying to find some geocaches and ran into a fellow cacher mockba and he told us we were going the wrong way. We hiked with him for a min and then he was off like a bullet. The hike was allot more then we expected 2' of snow and waterlogged meadows. Made it to the peak and back. This was my first county high point and it now has me addicted to hiking peaks.
Posted Sep 5, 2009 4:23 pm

ericwillhiteOak Grove  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2009

ericwillhite

Started a few hours before sunrise to get back in time to grab my family out of a hotel with check-out time at noon (in St. George). Lots of snow on the upper mountian, probably 5 feet along the ridgetop...great snowshoing but a long way over to the true summit when you are in a hurry! Saw someone elses tracks up the mountain but they finished postholing before reaching the top. Brush first 2 miles is cut back...easy going. Pics and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/pine_valley_mountains/signal_peak_301.htm
Posted Mar 23, 2009 12:51 am

Ted EliasonA Fool's Sport

Ted Eliason

Before I learned about gaiters, and polypro, and mountain starts, there was the night I froze on Signal Peak and learned the hard way about the importance of the right gear.
Posted Jan 16, 2009 6:44 pm

Moogie737Oak Grove TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2008

Moogie737

Brent and I, in the heat of an unusually warm late fall day, reached the summit after bagging, most comically, peak 10,217' too. Having GPS waypoints was a huge help. All of the page comments concerning the unending switchbacks are on the money. It's nice to have this county highpoint checked off. #2 5-20-12 Mit einer Sonderperson; Schnee machte es sehr schwer, den Weg zu finden, besonders auf dem Rueckweg. :) Spaeter haben wir die Sonnenfinsterniss bewundert waehrend wir auf der Spitze von Brianhead Berg sassen. Herrlich!
Posted Oct 29, 2008 2:38 pm

rmjwintersOak Grove  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2008

rmjwinters

My wife, Melissa, and I completed our summer adventure of climbing all of Utah's County Highpoints. After climbing to the wrong summit, we eventually made our way to the actual summit!
Posted Sep 30, 2008 6:17 pm

jimeganSIGNAL PK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2001

jimegan

LVMC HIKE
Posted Feb 8, 2008 8:28 am

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