Saturday March 24, 2018 Queen Canyon Road Kofa NWR Arizona
Three posts today starting with Second Failed Try to Find the Ridge Top Trail. You can find them all on the Recent Posts in the right side column.
To the top on the Signal Peak Trail
I’ve failed to get to the top twice now, but today I felt there was a good chance I’d make it.
Once I got it going I got my stuff together and headed out. I took my camera, a flashlight and a walking stick. I felt I’d not need water as I tank up good most of the time.
Found the trail
I found the way through this part the last time I was here a couple days ago, but didn’t have the energy to go up it then.
The better trail
Later coming down I found a better way through which I thought was likely the old way. If I’d continued all the way up into the little ravine and gone into the brush, it would have been easier. I think the brush just needs trimming. Lucky there were no thorns in those bushes as I went that way coming down.
Eventually I made it to a ridge top, but the trail kept on going so I did too. Although I was having to push on a bit as I had to fight the feeling of just turning back every once in awhile.
While I was looking for where the trail went I ran into this big cave. I could see some modern camping stuff in it. I think it is too high up for anyone to have ever lived in it for more than a short time as there’s not much water around.
Another ridge top
The winds are strong and gusty and I’m not feeling comfortable up here, partly as I no longer like heights much in my older age.
Just another ridge top
To the top
I follow the trail to the top of the peak. I’m not sure which peak, maybe Signal Peak?
Didn’t stay long
I didn’t stay at the top long as I was uneasy and I still had a lot of trail to do to get back down. I left at 11 and it was now 2. I’d taken three hours to get to the top. It should take less to get back to the van if I didn’t screw up and loose the trail. I was also out of sight of the canyon where the van was parked and that also didn’t give me any good feelings.
So off I went headed back down the trail keeping a close watch out for the piles of rock. I did get off the trail once but looked around for the rock piles and finally spotted one.
A good feeling spot
This was my first real good feeling spot. The trail goes right by the sharp rocks and over the other side to where I could see the canyon my van was parked in. I think that is about the halfway point. I’d say the total trail to the top is about two miles or so.
I did a short break on the ridge top, then continued on down the trail feeling better about getting back to the van which is down at the bottom of this left center,not far. I did a break here by a big rock.
I made it back to camp totally beat. Three hours up and two hours back. Now I know what’s up there. :O)
It’s Signal Peak
At this moment a hiker walks by my van and I stick my head out and say hi. Turns out he’s been up the trail before and he tells me it’s Signal Peak so now I know.
My legs and feet are saying they’ve had enough so I’ll take the rest of the day off.
Tomorrow I plan to move on down to the the Palm Canyon parking lot which I’ll do in the afternoon after most of the tourists leave. The plan is to check out what I see on the map that is called Old Palm Canyon.
So anyway I finally made it to the top of the Signal Peak Trail. Of course I’m glad I did it, but in truth, I need to access whether a person my age of 71 should be doing such things or not?
Had a nice invigorating day.