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Signal Peak Trail No. 142

Contact Info
Gila National Forest
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061

Phone:
575-388-8201
Basics
Length:
2.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
2.5 - 3.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7295 feet
Elevation Range:
7295 feet to 9000 feet
Elevation Change:
1705 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Spring to Fall

Description

The trail is located within the Pinos Altos Mountain Range. From Signal Peak you have a commanding view in all directions. The full expanse of the Gila Wilderness lies to the west and north. Looking far to the south one can see faint mountain ranges that are close to the Mexican border. A close view to the south reveals the small community of Pinos Altos 2000 feet below the peak.

Lookout tower, high elevations, mixed conifer

Visitors should not climb the tower during high winds or when lightning is present in the area.

Details

Length:
2.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
2.5 - 3.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7295
Elevation Range:
7295 feet to 9000
Elevation Change:
1705
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Spring to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Twin Sisters
Additional Details:

Trailhead parking for approximately two vehicles is located on the west side of the highway. Additional parking is available 200 yards north at the junction of Hwy. 15 and Forest Road 154.

Silver City is 14 miles south and has gas,food, and lodging.

No water is available. It is advisable to carry your own.

Lookout towers are an important part of fire suppression activities. They are also an interesting part of Forest Service heritage. At one time, the Gila National Forest was checkered with these installations. Their numbers have dropped, however, due to technological advances, funding shortfalls, and land management policies. The lookout tower at Signal Peak has survived these changes and today remains a fully functional, staffed facility.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Travel north from Silver City on State Highway 15 for approximately 14 miles. The trailhead is located on the west side of the road and is identified by a sign.


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