|Signal Peak from Oak Grove
Length: 7.5 miles round trip
Description: Signal Peak (10,368 feet), is the highest peak in the Pine Valley Mountains the prominent mountains north of I-15 between St George and Cedar City. The summit is part of the Pine Valley Wilderness Area and it is one of the few beautiful places where you can still find solitude. Views from the summit are incredible - you can see over into Zion, out across the Arizona Strip toward the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and over the St George and the Beaver Dam Mountain areas and into Nevada.
This hike approaches the summit from the south, from Oak Grove above the towns of Leeds and Silver Reef. Also look at our description of the hike to the summit from the north, from the town of Pine Valley.
This is a moderately strenuous day hike for people in good physical condition. You can also have an enjoyable time hiking part way, to any of several vistas, and then returning.
Oak Grove Trailhead
The trailhead is located at Oak Grove Campground, about 8.6 miles north of the town of Leeds. From the north side of town follow the paved road up through Silver Reef and then continue on the gravel Forest Service road to the campground. You will find drinking water, restrooms and a nice campground at Oak Grove. From the trailhead, follow the well-defined trail as it climbs up to the top of the ridge just south of Signal Peak. Continue following it over the ridge for a short distance to a trail junction, marked by a sign saying Whipple Lake/Oak Grove/Further Water. This is the trail junction.
Summit Trail Junction
From the trail junction, take the well-defined trail toward Further Water. On most maps this section is called the Summit Trail. It skirts Signal Peak on the north side.
The trail does not actually ascend to the top of the summit, but it skirts to the north. You'll have to bushwhack south for about 0.25 miles (one way) to the top of the mountain.