Signal Mountain Trail

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Signal Mountain Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moose, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,184 feet Route Type: Loop

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lake

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wild flowers

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no dogs

Signal Mountain is 7,720 feet (2,350 m) above sea level and is located in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The peak provides sweeping views of the Teton Range, much of the northern Jackson Hole area as well as the Snake River. The mountain originally was formed by volcanic ashfall from one of the eruptions of the Yellowstone hotspot. The peak is also partially a glacial moraine formed by a receding glacier that came south out of the Yellowstone icecap. This same glacier also created neighboring Jackson Lake. Signal Mountain has a 5-mile (8.0 km) long road providing vehicular access to an observation area located just below the main summit, with short trail to the summit. The Signal Mountain Trail is a hiking trail that goes from Signal Mountain Lodge to the summit. The loop trail (4-5 hours) splits mid-way for a portion, allowing hikers to take either a trail along the lower part of the ridge or south of the ridge past a series of small ponds. The trails then rejoin and steepen over the last mile to reach the secondary summit of the mountain, the Jackson Lake Overlook. The trail rises approximately 800 feet (240 m) from the lodge to the overlook, though on the ridge trail there is quite a bit of up and down that adds a few hundred feet to the cumulative elevation gain. The trail is a hiking only trail, mountain biking and horseback riding are not permitted by the park service. The road is a popular biking destination due to the difficult climb up and then (after turning around at the summit) continuous downhill.

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bugs
over grown
3 months ago

We did this hike around lunch time on a rainy day in late July and enjoyed it! It was very peaceful as we only saw one other group the whole time on the trail. We went up to the overlook via the ridge side of the loop and came down on the ponds side. It was eerily quiet in some areas (especially the Ridge side) and we were positive a bear would be waiting around any corner. However we rang our bell and carried spray and did not end up seeing any. A guy a few days before us had seen a few black bears on the trail, so definitely be on the lookout and come prepared. The ridge route is a bit overgrown and buggy so I’d recommend pants and bug spray. And the last mile or so is constant uphill so be ready to work your butts. However the overlook at the top is beautiful. You can drive to the top too, which many people did - but doing the hike really made us feel like we had earned the view and we sat up there and ate our lunches before trekking back down.

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3 months ago

Short and sweet

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3 months ago

Short and sweet

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bugs
3 months ago

Swarms of mosquitoes all throughout the trail. Don’t go without bug spray. Trail isn’t really worth the view, you can just drive to the parking lot at the top.

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4 months ago

This trail was far too buggy. There is a fifty-fifty mix of mosquitoes and gnats that populates this area. The view is awesome but I don’t know that this trail was worth it. If you’re going just bring a ton of bugspray not that it will even help....

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4 months ago

Fun hike, easy way finding, not too many hikers but TONS of mosquitos. Finding the trailhead is odd. It’s just off the side of the road. Park at the lodge then head up the road and across the street.

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muddy
5 months ago

Beautiful easy hike - some downed trees - beauty vista

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bugs
5 months ago

Hiked this yesterday at 5pm. Had to turn back with a mile left on the ascent after seeing an adolescent bear (looked black), but didn’t want to chance it. The ridge path on the return was gorgeous though. Will def be going back to finish,i’d just recommend at least going on a group of 3 with everyone carrying bear spray. And the beginning of the trail was a tad tricky to find.

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5 months ago

We were staying in Signal Mountain Campground for just one night, and we had just enough time to do the hike up Signal Mountain. We had zero time to adjust to elevation, but it was fairly easy to hike up. Very pretty views, definitely a good quick hike that gives you good views of the Tetons. There were definitely some bugs, but that was the only downside of this jaunt.

hiking
5 months ago

Decent trail with a few decent views on the ridge side. Lots of trees down but the trail is dry with very limited snow.

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snow
6 months ago

Nice trail with magnificent view on the mountain and lake. However at this stage the climbing part after the loop was still pretty snowed in so requires some wet feet to get to the top. We lost the trail at some point and found our way back by following the ridge and hitting the road. In one or two weeks from now however the snow will have cleared of I believe .

hiking
Tue Aug 07 2018

I've driven to the top many times but decided to hike it. Very easy hike for family to do. Lots of bear activity in the area but we didn't see any bear on 8/6/18 on the trail. Late June/ Early July would likely be the best time to take this trail as the wildflowers are outstanding when in bloom. Parked in the Signal Mountain parking lot and walked to the trail head. There is a fork in which you choose either the ponds/lake or ridge line. On the way up, take the ponds first so you can see the view of the Grand Teton and Mt Moran (and the mountain range) while hiking back on the ridge line.

Fri Jul 20 2018

Easy to moderate great day hardly a cloud! The view at top is other worldly! Walking through the Lodgepole pines is outstanding! It is July and everything was in bloom. GPS said it is 8.3 miles but trail markers show 3 each way! The smell of the pine was most excellent!

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Wed Jun 13 2018

Great view at the top

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Tue Aug 15 2017

Great hike, but lots of mosquitoes, so bring your bug spray. The view from the top is amazing!

hiking
Fri Jun 23 2017

We started from the Lodge parking lot, hiked to the overlook and back, only 6.8 miles, but a great day. Wildflowers galore and mountain vistas. Saw five other hikers on entire hike!

Tue Jan 26 2016

We drove to the top. The views okay, but cell service was phenomenal. There are better views to be had throughout the park, especially in the backcountry. However, if you are visiting Teton and/or Yellowstone by car and don't plan on going far from the road, the drive is worth it.

nature trips
Thu Apr 23 2015

Did this one on our way out of the Tetons heading towards Yellowstone. Liked it, but didn't love it. There are a few little trails you can follow around once you get on top,but for the most part it's just a large viewing platform.

hiking
Sun Nov 23 2014

Great overlooks in all directions when you get to the top. Consider this hike if you've already done at least 5 better ones in the area, as this one is ok, but not breath taking like others.

hiking
Thu Nov 20 2014

Worth the drive up to top for fantastic views of The Hole and the Teton Range.

road biking
Sun Oct 13 2013

Did this on bicycle from near Jenny Lake CG. Great road ride, long climb, and fun descent on bike. Recommended.

scenic driving
Sat Sep 22 2012

We drove up the Signal Mountain paved road to the top parking lot and walked from there to the summit where we saw a grizzly through a scope as well as a baby elk and a small herd off in the valley (most people spotting wildlife are very willing to share the views). A thunderstorm was moving in, so we hi-tailed it down the mountain with a short stop on the way down for a brief walk to a point overlooking Jackson Lake and the Tetons. Great views of the surrounding area, also Signal Mtn. Lodge great place to stay right on Jackson Lake.

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