Little Cherry Creek to Signal Peak via CDT
ElevationAscent: 3,200' 975 m
Descent: -3,199' -975 m
High: 9,022' 2,750 m
Low: 6,602' 2,012 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“A great hike to a lookout tower on Signal Peak that features a lush riparian corridor and forested singletrack.”— D Roper
After about two miles, the road switchbacks uphill to the left, while a trail continues along the creek for another mile or so and then ascends to the junction with the Continental Divide Trail, approximately 4 miles from the start. The last chance to find water is when you leave the creek and begin climbing. At the junction, turn left to go north on the CDT and ascend nice singletrack through the forest for about 3 miles to the junction with the Signal Peak Trail. There are good views along the way of the Twin Sisters.
Follow the Signal Peak Trail along a ridge line for about 1.5 miles to the USFS lookout tower. After enjoying the views, return the way you came. Another option is to descend the Signal Peak Trail down to Highway 15, but you'll need to plan ahead for a shuttle. This is a steep trail that descends over 2,000 feet in about 2.5 miles. Enjoy the hike—if you time it right you won't see anyone else along the way. There is cell phone reception once you get up higher.
Land Manager: USFS - Gila National Forest Office