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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Pikes Peak Ranger District

Quick Facts

Signal Butte Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,760 Feet (2730.7 Meters) Hackett Mt, Divide
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 8,760 Feet (2730.7 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 250 Feet (77.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,500-9,000 Feet
Length: 54.5 Miles (90.83 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrate 137 Pikes Peak, Canon City
Recommended Season: Late Spring to Summer
Trail Number: 717
USGS Maps: Quad Maps: Signal Butte, Mt Deception, Woodland Park




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General Description

Signal Butte Trail, #717, is a multi-use trail and connects several other trails, which are listed below.
717-Signal Butte Multi-use
717A-Rule Spur
717B-Phantom Spur
717C-Davis Spur
717D-Westcreek Spur
717E-Wildhorn Spur
This beautiful 54.5 mile multi-use trail is located in the "Creeks" area north of Divide. It meanders over ridges and across creeks. It is accessible to hiking, biking, X-country skiing, motorcycling. Parts of the trail are not wide enough for ATVs.
Signal Butte Trail has been used by motorcyclists for a long time, but
was not officially placed on the Forest Service system until 1991. Currently
the district is working with a motorcycle club on signing and trail maintenance. This area is under the WHITE ARROW SYSTEM which means that motor vehicles can only travel on routes designated with white arrow signs.

Directions from Colorado Springs: From Colorado Springs take Highway 24 through Woodland Park. West of Woodland Park, turn right (north) on to County Road 25 (Trout CreekRd). Drive approximately 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

Directions from Colorado Springs: From Colorado Springs, take Highway 24 west through Woodland Park to Divide. Follow County Road 5 by turning right (north) at the stoplight in Divide. This road will become Forest Road 357. Continue traveling on it until you see the trailhead on the left side of the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: May through October . Normal Winter Season: November through March .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: RANDY (AURORA, CO)
Time of Day: ALL HOURS
Length of Time: STILL GOING
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: AWSOME TRAILS AND GREAT VIEWS ALL TRAILS MARKED 717 RECOMMEND THE MAP
Conditions: ALL TYPES DEPENDING ON THE SEASON
Water Availability: TAKE FLUIDS MANY STREAMS TO COOL OF IN
Recommended Clothing: DEPENDS ON WEATHER CONDITIONS
Suggested Accessories: CAMEL BACK

Length of Time: 5
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Rode 717 and 717B out of the Divide trailhead. Some of the trails were fairly narrow for ATV's but we made it through fine. The north part of 717B was burned by the Hayman fire in 2002, but many of the trails are still open
Conditions: Some of the trails were muddy with some downed timber at the edges of the burn.

Filed By: Jim Brown (Colorado Springs, CO)
Time of Day: 0900
Length of Time: 5 hrs
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: As far as ATVs go, very narrow trails (but passible). A lot of ducking for branches. Trails were NOT well marked. Trails forked often...a trail map is a MUST!!!
Conditions: A little snow in shaded areas and ice covering some of the stream crossings. Icredible to be able to ride this late in the season!
Recommended Clothing: In November it was warm in the sun and cool in the trees. More riding through the trees than in open areas.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The boys and I rode on a Thurs and we did not see a sole. Some of the trails had just been maintained by the FS and were in great shape. We rode for about 3 hours and did not even get off 717. We are going back soon.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: PARTS OF TRAIL NOT FOR ATV'S. HAD TO WATCH FOR SPEEDING DIRT BIKES, BUT THEY WERE VERY FRIENDLY AND POLITE. TRAILS REALLY WERE NOT MAINTAINED BY FS. WILL TRAVEL ON TRAILS LATER IN THE SUMMER. HORSESHOE MOUNTAIN RIDERS FROM DEL NORTE.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Nice area,great trails for ATVs.Watch for oncoming motorcycles!We rode trails for 4 days and still did`nt cover all trails.#717A was best. 5/30/01-6/3/01 WallDog and Scagman. *KEEP IT CLEAN*

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Signal Butte Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Signal Butte Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Signal Butte Trail
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Signal Butte Trail
Yes



More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org

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