DPS C route.
From Kofa Queen Mine Road. Followed multiple GPS tracks and well marked trail to the summit. My first Arizona County High Point and a great introduction to desert hiking.
Hiked from Kofa Queen Canyon Road TH with easy to follow trail. Was easier and faster than I thought. Spectacular scenery around! Saw a herd of 10-12 bighorn sheep.
This was part of a 21 day hiking road-trip with Heather. We did Signal in the morning and Castle Dome in the afternoon. Both are lovely hikes and a lot of fun. Other peaks on this trip include:
Pinos, Sawmill, Aliso, Castle Dome, Ajo, Miller, Superstition BM, Turtle HP, Old Woman, Granite, Cinder Cone 3894', Avawatz, Pahrump, Pinto, Nelson HP, Panamint Butte, Canyon Point, Shadow, Grapevine, Wahguye, Palmer, Stirling, Northshore, Black Mesa, Hamblin, and Little Virgin.
We also visited Heiroglyph Canyon, Marble Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, Sheep Spring Canyon, Cadiz Dunes, Mojave Lava Tube, Parowan Gap Dinosaur tracks and numerous pertroglyph sites.
See the trip report with photos for more information.
climbed from Ewe Canyon with Allison and Zoey the mountain dog. cloudy day with a slight breeze. road to the "trailhead" was doable with a high clearance 2wd. my 6.8 clearance Honda made it to the entrance of the main canyon. excellent campsite here sitting on a perch overlooking the valley. trail starts at the two metal poles and well cairned all the way to the top. relatively easy to follow if you pay attention.
Plenty of other KOFA peaks felt my touch before this one
Gave myself a fantastic birthday present by summiting this landmark mountain. Took the standard route from Indian Canyon, which was fairly well marked and easy to follow. The most challenging part of hiking Signal is getting there. The 4WD access road is one of the worst I've driven and took forever to clear both in and out. Other than that, this is a desert classic worth every effort. Ran into a herd of bighorn sheep too.
Hiked this and Pinal with my dad. A nice dayhike.
An easy hike via the DPS C route. Outstanding views of the Kofa Range, which are very dramatic.
... but still warm. Not wanting to take my rental Ford Escape (with "intelligent" 4WD... whatever that means) into Kofa Queen Canyon, I stopped a short distance from a brief steep rutted spot in the road and then walked from there. The ground was noticably looser/sandier once in the canyon. The route was straightforward, but it seemed to take forever to get to the turnoff spot from the old roadbed. The highlight of the trip was seeing a tarantula crossing my path during the descent.
A nice easy hike up in 2 hours from the Kofa Queen Canyon Road TH via Ten Ewe Canyon and the use trail. Climbed Ten Ewe Mtn. on the return.
Climbed with Mark and Pat in perfect weather. Really fun route. On the descent, our 60m rope reached from the anchor at the top of the second pitch to a few feet short of the bottom of the first pitch where it was easy to unclip and downclimb that last few feet.
Thanks to good route description, this was a straight forward hike - 3.25 hours Jeep to Jeep. The Kofa Mountains are very scenic.
From ENE, Kofa Queen Canyon to Indian Canyon.
Climbed this and Castle Dome over two days with Jen Blackie. We originally intended to do the Rusty Bailey route but ended up on the DPS A route. A bit of vertical 3rd class and one exposed traverse to get out of the canyon and a stroll from there.
Good camping at the trailhead. Pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/sets/72157626047014976/
Couldn't say what route, since we most likely made it up... but approached from Pine Canyon and did a couple pitches of low-mid 5th class to pass the lower walls... from there it was an easy walk.
This ascent was easier than I thought it would be. The route consists of a scattered goat trail marked by small stacks of rocks here and there. There is some rock scrmabling and some hands on stuff depending on where you traverse. The wind was blowing hard and right after I descending the winds were at around 50 mph. The ascent took 2.44 hours and was 3.8 miles in length.
After some initial route-finding issues (and seeing a Desert Rosy Boa snake in the process), we found the main trail and followed this steep track up to the summit area. Walked around to all four points and the views were incredible. Great hike.
We started off to the right and explored a few side canyons before making our way to the trail. Some of the best views I've seen in AZ from the top.
This one turned out pretty well. The temps were actually in the 60s and it was cloudy with even a few raindrops. The route turned out to be fairly easy and while I lost the bootpath here and there, it was a piece of cake to stick to the general route.