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PostMon Jul 14, 2008 12:49 pm 
I was able to get out with Steve late Sun., we started around 1315 hrs., from the Tyee Ridge TH. The road though rough is snow free, as are the trails, with a bounty of wilflowers. I had done Signal this Spring - Summer with MLHSN from the Billy Creek trail off FR 5700, but Steve wanted to get up here and it seemed the perfect time to do so.

Signal Peak - Point 6998' via Tyee Ridge Trail
Signal Peak - Point 6998' via Tyee Ridge Trail

The trail undulates along the ridge between and around highpoints through previously burned areas, with some regrowth. The trail is free of downfall, but is rocky most of the time.

Plenty of wildflowers along the SW open slopes.
Plenty of wildflowers along the SW open slopes.
Grindstone
Grindstone
Cape Horn - Ladies Pass - Snowgrass
Cape Horn - Ladies Pass - Snowgrass
Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush
Looking back at Tyee Peak / Lookout
Looking back at Tyee Peak / Lookout

We had to run up the ridge highpoint which occludes views of Signal itself before running over there and having lunch, peering through the binoculars, and getting some pics. The wind was with us most of the day and welcomed, it was probably full sun and in the low 70's on the ridge, but a balmy 90 degree plus below.

NE face of Point 6998'
NE face of Point 6998'
Lake Creek Basin left and the beginning of Four Mile Ridge.
Lake Creek Basin left and the beginning of Four Mile Ridge.
Spring route up to Four Mile Ridge and 7k' highpoint.
Spring route up to Four Mile Ridge and 7k' highpoint.
Spring route up to Angle Peak.
Spring route up to Angle Peak.
Signal Peak
Signal Peak
Glacier Peak
Glacier Peak
Buck Mtn.
Buck Mtn.
Garland and Devils Smokestack. I think the peak behind is Fortress.
Garland and Devils Smokestack. I think the peak behind is Fortress.
Mt. Maude, 7FJ, Fernow
Mt. Maude, 7FJ, Fernow
Kelly Peak (foreground)
Kelly Peak (foreground)
Duncan Hill
Duncan Hill
Highpoints along Entiat Ridge, NF Entiat Valley, Fern Lake Basin, Gopher Peak, and Pinnacle Peak (background)
Highpoints along Entiat Ridge, NF Entiat Valley, Fern Lake Basin, Gopher Peak, and Pinnacle Peak (background)
Pinnacle Peak, saska Pass, and Saska Peak.
Pinnacle Peak, saska Pass, and Saska Peak.
Name that peak (center - background)
Name that peak (center - background)
Signal Peaks N sub-peak.
Signal Peaks N sub-peak.
Point 6998' from Signal Peak.
Point 6998' from Signal Peak.

It was a hot trip back, and the undulation wasn't something I remembered being so intense when we came in, but that's how it always seems to be percepted. 8 mi, 2730' r/t. Good exercise.

Grindstone to Jim Hill
Grindstone to Jim Hill
Duncan Hill to Pyramid Peak, with Pinnacle Peak in the background
Duncan Hill to Pyramid Peak, with Pinnacle Peak in the background
Mt. Maude - Seven Fingered Jack - Fernow - Copper
Mt. Maude - Seven Fingered Jack - Fernow - Copper
Entiat Ridge with Fortress in the background
Entiat Ridge with Fortress in the background
Grindstone - Cape Horn - Ladies Pass - Snowgrass - Chiwaukum Ridge
Grindstone - Cape Horn - Ladies Pass - Snowgrass - Chiwaukum Ridge
Tyee Ridge from Tyee Ridge TH
Tyee Ridge from Tyee Ridge TH

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PostMon Jul 14, 2008 5:47 pm 
Wow right on.   I've been curious about Signal Peak myself.  It looks like a neat mini-fortress from Cougar Mtn near Maverick Saddle.  Was the trailhead easy to locate or confusing?  Nice photos, and great scale examples of Signals summits.

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PostMon Jul 14, 2008 5:50 pm 
movenhike wrote:
Wow right on.   I've been curious about Signal Peak myself.  It looks like a neat mini-fortress from Cougar Mtn near Maverick Saddle.  Was the trailhead easy to locate or confusing?  Nice photos, and great scale examples of Signals summits.

You can drive to the end of the forest road below Tyee Lookout and the TH starts where the road switchbacks up to the lookout itself. Nice to be able to get so close this time.

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PostMon Jul 14, 2008 9:25 pm 
Did they open up the rest of the road yet from where we had to stop at that gate before?

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PostTue Jul 15, 2008 12:34 pm 
MLHSN wrote:
Did they open up the rest of the road yet from where we had to stop at that gate before?

That was our first choice of an entry point, and the sign that was posted that said the road which is in excellent condition would open July 1st, was replaced by a sign that said it was closed indefinitely as part of a revegetation project. dizzy.gif So we started back at Tyee Ridges TH, saving maybe 10 miles and a 1000'.

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