Hike Signal Butte 

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At barely a mile round-trip, Signal Butte is likely to be the shortest hike I'll write about in this blog. It's far shorter than any trail or hike that would normally attract my attention, but this little hike has a number of things going for it: relative obscurity, easy accessibility, moderate difficultly and great views. (By now you know how much I value great views.) Signal Butte and the surrounding area were consumed by 2002's Hayman Fire. 14 years later, there are signs that the environment is just now starting to recover. It takes a bit of driving to get to Signal Butte, so you may to consider doing it when you're on your way to or from another hike. In any case, give it a try.
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After 11 miles on County Road 51, turn onto Forest Service Road 363. It's marked with just a small sign, so pay attention.
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After just over a half-mile – past a few large Forest Service informational signs — look for Forest Service Road 362 on your left. Watch for the sign.
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A few hundred feet after turning on to FS 362, you'll come to this intersection. Bear left to stay on FS 362 and follow it for another 3.3 miles.
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Along the way, the almost perfectly cone shaped Signal Butte comes into view, rising over 600' above the surrounding forest.
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After approximately 3.3 miles, turn left onto Forest Service Road 362A and drive to the parking area about 1,000' away.
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The Signal Butte trailhead is this gap in the fence.
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The trail is a steady uphill climb. Many sections have rock steps such as this making it a bit easier than just dirt.
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You'll reach the summit after a little more than a half-mile, it's marked by a very large rock cairn and great 360° views, including this one of Pikes Peak and the North Slope reservoirs.
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There are two U.S. Geological Survey markers on the summit within a few feet of each other, including this one from 1953.
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The trail from the parking area to the summit and back.
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After 11 miles on County Road 51, turn onto Forest Service Road 363. It's marked with just a small sign, so pay attention.

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