Hiking Project Logo

Signal Mountain

Intermediate
 3.6 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A relatively easy hike to an isolated summit providing stunning views of the Teton Range.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

8.6

Miles

13.8

KM

Loop

7,716' 2,352 m

High

6,819' 2,078 m

Low

1,087' 331 m

Up

1,086' 331 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly An intrepid family will easily be able to complete this entire journey, but for those looking for an easier option can shuttle a car to the top of the mountain and drive down.

Overview

Signal Mountain is an isolated summit standing 7,720 feet - the next closest peak of that height or higher is over 10 miles away! This isolation provides panoramic views of the Teton Range, much of the northern Jackson Hole area as well as the Snake River.

Description

Start this hike from the Signal Mountain Lodge and head to the summit of Signal Mountain.The ascent starts easily at first as you work your way up the western slopes of the mountain. After crossing the Signal Mountain Rd. you'll pass a small pond and marsh on your left - this is prime moose sighting territory. Right after this marsh you'll reach a trail intersection with Signal Mountain Cutoff - stay left here. Be sure not to miss the viewpoint from this intersection, you'll briefly be out of the trees.

Continue east here as the trail switchbacks its way up this generally easy trail. Eventually the trail will drop for a short while down to a small gully - this is where the Signal Mountain Cutoff rejoins Signal Mountain Trail. Stay left and head up the gully, this is where the difficult hiking starts.

Follow the gully's fall line as it slogs its way up to the peak of Signal Mountain. To you east you'll have a dense forest of conifer and cottonwood trees, and to your west you'll have an open meadow, although this doesn't lead to great views... yet! Follow the trail as it switchbacks up the mountain until you reach the stunning vistas at the top.

Once you've had your fill of views, head back down the way you came, yet we recommend turning left to join the Signal Mountain Cutoff, instead of going back on the Signal Mountain Trail. This less-used alternative heads south of the ridge past a series of small ponds and eventually meets back up with the Signal Mountain Trail. Take this back to the Lodge!

History & Background

From a geologic standpoint, Signal Mountain was formed differently from the Teton Range, even though it is so close in proximity. Geologists agree that the mountain was formed by volcanic ashfall from one of the eruptions of the Yellowstone hotspot. The peak also plays host to a glacial moraine formed by a receding glacier that came south out of the Yellowstone icecap - the same glacial entity that formed Jackson Lake.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 10 votes

#5

in Central

#3400

Overall
  3.6 from 10 votes
5 Star
20%
4 Star
40%
3 Star
30%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
10%
Recommended Route Rankings

#5

in Central

#63

in Wyoming

#3,400

Overall
35 Views Last Month
1,741 Since Jan 21, 2015
Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Sunrise over Grand Teton
Jan 14, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
Expansive views at the Jackson Point Overlook 10/12/18
Oct 14, 2018 near Colter…, WY
Mount Moran and Lake Jackson
Aug 20, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
Signal Mountain
Mar 30, 2020 near Colter…, WY

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 17 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Jul 10, 2020
Scott Piper
Aug 26, 2019
Vicki K
Aug 17, 2019
John Pickard
Jun 22, 2019
Michael Trinh
Would not consider the hike to be worth it - bugs, not great view. Jackson Overlook is better than summit.
Jun 11, 2019
John Lindvig
Jun 1, 2019
Sara Cooksley
May 29, 2019
William Kleeberger
1h 12m
Sep 6, 2018
Davis Wert
6.5mi