Signal Peak Hike and Picnic Lunchin Pinos Altos NM

Hosted by Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club

Public group


Signal Peak

The Pinos Altos Range is the southernmost mountain range of the Gila Wilderness, the largest wilderness in New Mexico. Although this hike does not enter the wilderness area, great views of the wilderness greet hikers from the trail and the summit. Initially the trail passes through thick stands of Douglas-fir on the moister north slopes of the mountain. As it climbs, it curves around onto the sunnier, drier, south-facing slopes of the peak and ponderosa pine becomes more common. While most of the hike travels through dense forest, regular breaks in the trees give increasingly dramatic views, especially to the south and southwest. From the summit, with its fire lookout tower, you can see 360 degrees. To the east, north, and west lie the endless mountain ranges of the 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest. To the south and southwest, desert basin and range country stretches far into Arizona and Mexico.

Trail Statistics & InformationActivity Hiking
Nearby City Pinos Altos
Length 5 mi
Elevation Gain 1,741 ft
Skill Level Moderate
Season April through November
Trailhead Elevation 7,260 ft
Top Elevation 9,001 ft