Washington County - Signal Peak

Veyo, Utah

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While hiking from the depths of southwestern Utah’s desert to 10,365-foot Signal Peak—the highest point in Washington County—trekkers view one of the state’s most lush and diverse forests. One of the things that make the Pine Valley Mountains unique is the diversity of their plant species. We have a small stand of bristlecone pine near Burger Peak. There are Engleman spruce, Douglas fir, limber pine, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, junipers, mountain mahogany, and serviceberry. We go from the yucca and cholla of the desert to aspen and subalpine communities. The wildflowers are quite abundant. It’s almost park-like. There is a primeval feel in this quiet wilderness. Three-inch-thick humus covers much of the forest bottom. Only the wind and the occasional explosion of a forest grouse or chattering of a squirrel seem to break the silence. Even on the busiest of summer holiday weekends, a hiker can walk for miles without seeing another person. Since there are no lakes and little water on this high-altitude island in the midst of southern Utah desert, solitude and silence draw a few visitors not afraid of steep trails leading to the 35-mile-long summit that traverses the peaks. This is true wilderness.
Hiking Utah's Summits

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Hiking Utah's Summits

by Tom Wharton & Paula Huff (Falcon Guides)

While hiking from the depths of southwestern Utah’s desert to 10,365-foot Signal Peak—the highest point in Washington County—trekkers view one of the state’s most lush and diverse forests. One of the things that make the Pine Valley Mountains unique is the diversity of their plant species. We have a small stand of bristlecone pine near Burger Peak. There are Engleman spruce, Douglas fir, limber pine, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, junipers, mountain mahogany, and serviceberry. We go from the yucca and cholla of the desert to aspen and subalpine communities.

The wildflowers are quite abundant. It’s almost park-like. There is a primeval feel in this quiet wilderness. Three-inch-thick humus covers much of the forest bottom. Only the wind and the occasional explosion of a forest grouse or chattering of a squirrel seem to break the silence. Even on the busiest of summer holiday weekends, a hiker can walk for miles without seeing another person. Since there are no lakes and little water on this high-altitude island in the midst of southern Utah desert, solitude and silence draw a few visitors not afraid of steep trails leading to the 35-mile-long summit that traverses the peaks. This is true wilderness.

©  Tom Wharton & Paula Huff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Veyo
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Signal Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Washington County - Signal Peak

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