South Signal Mountain 11,242' is about 11.1 miles long and located near Glen Haven, Colorado. The trail is great for snowshoeing... more »/hiking and normally takes a full day.
Today I started a little bit later than I had wanted, but gave it my all anyways. Due to the lack of snow we've had so far this winter of 2012/2013, the snow was little to none on the lower section of the trail. I hiked in to about 2.3 miles, where I finally decided to throw on the snowshoes. At this point there were no other visible tracks that kept going on the trail. I still crossed portions that were uncovered by snow until I got closer to the 10,000' area. Once you get to the small clearings around 10,500', it becomes really easy to lose trail as well as the snow was soft and deep making travel a lot more strenuous! The peaks tend to suffer from wind and the snow on the sunny parts is much more crusty and wind blown making travel a bit easier. My goal was to summit both Signal Mountains on this day, but the intensity and time frame were not allowing. This can be a very challenging trip, make sure you have plenty of snacks for energy! I ended up see a snowshoe hare and a hawk around 10,500', which was really neat. This was my first winter summit over 9,000 feet and was a beautiful view of the surrounding areas from atop! less «