Signal Mountain (Wyoming)

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Signal Mountain
Snake River Signal Mountain.jpg
Signal Mountain reflected in the Snake River
Highest point
Elevation7,720 ft (2,350 m) [1]
Prominence890 ft (270 m) [1]
Coordinates43°50′56″N 110°34′02″W / 43.84889°N 110.56722°W / 43.84889; -110.56722Coordinates: 43°50′56″N 110°34′02″W / 43.84889°N 110.56722°W / 43.84889; -110.56722[2]
Signal Mountain is located in Wyoming
Signal Mountain
Signal Mountain
Location in Wyoming
Signal Mountain is located in the United States
Signal Mountain
Signal Mountain
Location in the United States
LocationGrand Teton National Park, Teton County, Wyoming, U.S.
Topo mapUSGS Moran (WY)
Easiest routeHike

Signal Mountain is an isolated summit standing 7,720 feet (2,350 m) above sea level. The mountain is located in Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming.[3] The next closest higher summit is more than 10 miles (16 km) distant, and this isolation provides sweeping views of the Teton Range, much of the northern Jackson Hole area as well as the Snake River. Though located adjacent to the Tetons, Signal Mountain was not formed in the same manner or period. The mountain originally was formed by volcanic ashfall from one of the eruptions of the Yellowstone hotspot. The peak is also partially a glacial moraine formed by a receding glacier that came south out of the Yellowstone icecap.[4] This same glacier also created neighboring Jackson Lake.

View from the summit.

Signal Mountain has a 5-mile (8.0 km) long road providing vehicular access to an observation area located just below the main summit. The Signal Mountain Trail is a hiking trail that goes from Signal Mountain Lodge to the summit and covers a distance of 6.8 miles (10.9 km).[5] The trail splits mid-way for a portion of approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km), allowing hikers to take either a trail along the lower part of the ridge or south of the ridge past a series of small ponds. The trails then rejoin and steepen over the last mile to reach the secondary summit of the mountain, the Jackson Lake Overlook. The trail rises approximately 800 feet (240 m) from the lodge to the overlook, though on the ridge trail there is quite a bit of up and down that adds a few hundred feet to the cumulative elevation gain. The trail is a hiking only trail, mountain biking and horseback riding are not permitted by the park service. The road is a popular biking destination due to the difficult climb up and then (after turning around at the summit) continuous downhill experienced on a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) portion of the road.

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  1. ^ a b "Signal Mountain, Wyoming". Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  2. ^ "Signal Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  3. ^ Moran, WY (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  4. ^ 'Creation of the Teton Landscape' by David D. Love & John C. Reed
  5. ^ "Day Hikes" (pdf). National Park Service. February 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-25.