Several days a week, I find myself trekking to the top of Signal Mountain for some post-work therapy. The journey is equally rewarding as the destination. The climb to the summit is through Douglas firs, aspens, meadows, ponds, and several overlooks of the Tetons and Jackson Lake. Waterfowl and wildlife grace the area, and elk can be heard bugling in the autumn months.
There are two ways to the top, a paved road for bikes and vehicles and a trail for pedestrians. By foot the hiker faces a moderate, steady grade and a 5.5 mile round trip. The path climbs at an elevation gain of 633 ft. to the 7,593 ft. summit. For those with less time, the drive only takes about 10 minutes to reach the top.
“Jackson Hole Hikes,” by Rebecca Woods, describes the Signal Mountain Summit quite accurately.
“From gray-green sagebrush covered flats to the forested moraines and kettled area to the east, the handiwork created by glaciers thousands of years ago is spread out on the valley floor below.”
The summit provides one of the finest geology sights in the area, as the landscape appears as a painting under your feet. Incredible bird’s-eye views of the mountain range, the valley, and the winding Snake River are seen from the top.
In the 1930’s, Signal Mountain was used as a forest service fire lookout, as the valley can be observed for miles to the east.
Signal Mountain offers a pleasant escape after a long day or is an excellent morning boost, with fantastic views of sunrise. As my day at the office winds down, I prepare for yet another trip to the summit. I am a Signal Mountain Summit addict and I am proud of it.
Posted from Katie’s Corner