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.
To get there:
From the traffic light at US 24 and Hwy 67 in Divide, turn north on County Road 51. Stay on County Road 51 for 11.0 miles. Turn right (north) onto Forest Service Road 363. It's easy to miss, so pay attention to your odometer. It just has a small forest service marker. Drive just over a half-mile until it intersects with Forest Service Road 362 (also called Signal Butte Road), which will be on your left. Follow FS 362 for 3.3 miles until you reach FS 362A — you'll know when you see it, since Signal Butte is right there. Turn onto 362A and park at the lot about 1,000' down the road. The trailhead for Signal Butte is the only obvious gap in the fence.
Wildflower season is starting in the Pikes Peak region. I wrote about my favorite places for wildflower photos last spring
Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor and business owner who has lived in Colorado Springs for over 24 years. You can follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: email@example.com.