Sunday, May 20, 2012

Signal Mountain

The views don't get much better than atop of Signal Mountain, especially with a fresh blanket of snow.  Some very welcome moisture for our region.  I had my work cut out for me on this first trip to the alpine in a while, not because of the snow but because of the thousands of downed trees.  The remnants of some crazy weather and microbursts last November.  A lot of work will need to be done to clear the trail from just above Bulwark Ridge, about 3 miles from the trailhead, all the way up to treeline.   I just tried to find the path of least resistance.  I ditched my plan to run to Pingree Park and back (a double Signal crossing) and instead played around the summits of Signal and South Signal for a while before bushwacking back down.  Just a spectacular morning up there!

The ugly:

The not-so ugly:


  1. Wow, looks like an adventure. To bad about all the downed trees, maybe this is a FCTR trail maintenance opportunity. Glad you had a good run.

  2. Haha, I was just up on Bulwark Ridge to S Signal last week. At first it was fun steeple training, but then it was a bit much. Then I got sorta lost coming back. Nothing a few guys and chainsaws couldn't fix, but it's gonna be a LOT of work. Really great views up there though. Does anyone know if the trail from the Poudre side is as messed up?

  3. Yes it is going to be a lot of work. I don't know what conditions are like coming up from Pingree Park road.