Signal Peak via Oak Grove Trail

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Signal Peak via Oak Grove Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4,484 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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scramble

The views are gorgeous the entire way up and varied. Oak Grove Campground is situated in a ponderosa grove that quickly transitions into oak up from the trail head. At 6,500 ft in the campground, you already have great views of the Colorado Plateau and Hurricane Valley below. Looking up, you see the impressive granite face of Pine Mountain. About halfway up the mountainside, you begin to get very close to the granite wall and its interesting rock formations. Plant communities and climate change over the course of the hike as well. If you’re afraid of heights, there weren’t any sections with a straight drop until the very end at mile 1.9 (the top of the climb is mile 2.1). Until that point, the slope directly below the trail was never steep enough to make me nervous, and it was thickly vegetated with strong oak shrubs. This is a very strenuous hike, with a steep ascent. While steep, the trail is almost entirely composed of switchbacks, making it a little easier than you might imagine for the elevation gain (you won’t ever be hiking straight up). This is a non-technical hike, take your time and you’ll get there. You’ll be walking over rocks and small boulders on an exposed ridge. Trekking poles are recommended as the substrate between the rocks is loose and prone to sliding. Additionally, water has flowed down the middle of the trail in many sections, eroding the trail to a deep V. These sections can be awkward as you are forced to straddle the V as you hike or walk in the narrow bottom. Despite this, it is still a trail and you won’t have to do any scrambling or hike up a scree slope.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

No bugs, perfect weather, trail very steep.No views from summit.

Loved this hike. End of September was a great time to go. It’s a lot of elevation gain and steep steady climb for awhile, but a safe easy trail otherwise.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Pros - the views are awesome - you can say you hiked the tallest peak in South West Utah Cons - the mosquitoes are out of this world, and apparently immune to bug spray (I used 2 kinds and many layers) - switchbacks.. oh the switchbacks they truly are never ending. to the point where all you can do is laugh about it. - Rocky tons of them all the way to the top. - sun, once 9am hits there is pretty much no shade till the top once you get to the ridge line. - heat even today it was only 95 and was not to fun coming back. hence no shade. all in all I would not do it again. little bang for your buck, for hitting that kind of elevation, aside from saying you did the tallest peak, better served going to Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion it tooke 5.5 hours least on Strava, and I did a 35 min break at top. used 4lt water easy.

hiking
4 months ago

I hike this trail on Saturday, August 31. I am 63 and a slow hiker. it took me 13 hours to hike from Oak Grove campground to Signal Peak and return. This is an out and back hike. The first 2 miles is very challenging, very steep and very rough. The views were spectacular. Once over the ridge, the trail is very walkable. It goes through 2 very beautiful mountain meadows. The 2nd meadow had a clear stream flowing through it. The actual top of Signal peak does not have a trail leading to it. You have to navigate through a pine forest up a not too steep slope just after leaving Further Meadow. Make sure the GPS in your smartphone is working and you know how to navigate with it. There are several rock kairns at the top. There is a partially obstructed view also. The obstruction is from the pine trees. The return trip is just retracing your steps back. it is much faster as you are going down hill. The last 2 miles from the top of the ridgeline down was slow because of the steepness of the trail and the loose dirt was slippery. I used a trekking pole which helped a lot. I also took with me 5 liters of liquid which I drank every drop. I estimate the vertical rise to be about 4000 feet. I had cell service most of the day, though there were a few spots I didn't. The temperatures were pleasant. There is a lot of shade. The afternoon sun did get warm, a hat is recommended.

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rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Me and my dad started this trail knowing there would be snow and we still went to the top of the ridge, and decided to send it to the peak. I would definitely advise having snow shoes for another couple of weeks although we made it without them while getting our butts kicked! Even steep parts at the top of the ridge had quite a bit of snow but after the ridge that is all there was. I wouldn’t do it again with snow but it was an experience I am proud of and will never forget. I will definitely do this again when the snow is gone.

hiking
8 months ago

really beautiful trail. Hiked it in may 2019 and got snowed out at about 4 miles in, just below the ridgeline. about 6 feet of snow all over - not just on the trail. slippery and without cleats/crampons and poles, it was slow going and dangerous - you could really get moving when you slipped. poorly marked trail - no signage after 1/2 mile in and only a few hastily made cairns. with the snow, it got impossible to tell where we were going and we got cliffed out a few times before we called it. breathtaking views. planning to go back in the fall! also, oak grove campground is no longer washed out and you can get right to the trailhead.

hiking
Sun Oct 21 2018

GETTING THERE It's an 8 mile drive up a well-maintained dirt and gravel road from the interstate to the trail head. The road is suitable for regular cars. It’s a pretty drive through the hills, and there are many dispersed camp sites along the way. At the time of writing, the trail head and Oak Grove campground were closed due to a wash out. I parked a half-mile away at the Ridgeline Trail head and walked into Oak Grove. THE SCENERY The views are gorgeous the entire way up and varied. Oak Grove Campground is situated in a ponderosa grove that quickly transitions into oak up from the trail head. At 6,500 ft in the campground, you already have great views of the Colorado Plateau and Hurricane Valley below. Looking up, you see the impressive granite face of Pine Mountain. About halfway up the mountainside, you begin to get very close to the granite wall and its interesting rock formations. Plant communities and climate change over the course of the hike as well. If you’re afraid of heights, there weren’t any sections with a straight drop until the very end at mile 1.9 (the top of the climb is mile 2.1). Until that point, the slope directly below the trail was never steep enough to make me nervous, and it was thickly vegetated with strong oak shrubs. THE HIKE This is a very strenuous hike, with a steep ascent. While steep, the trail is almost entirely composed of switchbacks, making it a little easier than you might imagine for the elevation gain (you won’t ever be hiking straight up). This is a non-technical hike, take your time and you’ll get there. You’ll be walking over rocks and small boulders on an exposed ridge. It’s going to be hot, bring plenty of water. Trekking poles are recommended as the substrate between the rocks is loose and prone to sliding. Additionally, water has flowed down the middle of the trail in many sections, eroding the trail to a deep V. These sections can be awkward as you are forced to straddle the V as you hike or walk in the narrow bottom. Despite this, it is still a trail and you won’t have to do any scrambling or hike up a scree slope. Overall, a challenging hike, but much easier than I had expected for the terrain and entirely non-technical.

hiking
Sat Oct 21 2017

Amazing and challenging continuous climb from Oak Grove Campground to the mountain ridge above. I'm not sure that this recordings moving time is correct since that was the time for the decent only. There is a marked trail the entire way but it is not for those who are not in shape.

Sun Sep 11 2016

Challenging hike with awesome views!

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Sat Jun 24 2017