Hike Humphreys / Weatherford / Kachina Loop

Ready for a LONG day hike to celebrate the end of summer? This 17-mile loop (with a 14-mile car shuttle option) is very challenging and strenuous, but the views are well worth it!

Here's the plan:
Meet at the Humphreys Peak Trailhead at 7:00 am. From here we will climb about 3 miles up to Agassiz Saddle at 11,800 feet. We will then veer to the right and start crossing Agassiz and Fremont on the Weatherford Trail. We will probably pause at Doyles saddle, enjoying our last views of the inner basin before the gentle descent down the Weatherford. Eventually we'll come to the intersection of the Weatherford and Kachina trails. The shorter option would be to continue down the Weatherford to Schultz Tank. The longer option is the walk back up Kachina to our cars on Snowbowl road.

NOTE: This is an extremely strenuous hike. This is not a hike for a first-timer. You will need to be comfortable with high elevation. Please take in account your own fitness level before joining this hike. There will be about a 3000 foot elevation change.

Gear list:
Water (4+ liters)
Food
Good footwear
Sun protection

If you are interested in the shorter option, say so in the comments so we can arrange a car shuttle.

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  • Phillip S.

    Great choice for a hike Crystal! Great group of hiking companions. I am a little bit sore. May have to cut back to a 15 mile hike today.

    September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Only 15 miles . . . well, I guess that's allowed ;)

      September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day for hiking with great company!

    September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! Completely agree! Oh, and we *may* have indeed hiked 19.5 miles today. You still win with your sprint up Humphreys.

      September 2, 2013

  • Lauri P.

    We had a good day of hiking Crystal. We did the Humphrey's hike only. Thanks for putting this hike on the meetup. Hope I will get to do the whole thing someday. You got us out of the house. Thank you

    September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm glad you and Susan came out. How far did y'all get?

      September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since it probably will rain, be sure to bring your rain gear! I look forward to meeting all you folks tomorrow at the trail head.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to do this hike but I don't have transportation there. Is anyone willing to pick me up somewhere in town? I will contribute gas money, of course.

    Thanks!

    August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That'd be great, Sean! I'm off of Paseo del Flag, but can meet you anywhere in town.

      August 31, 2013

  • Susan H.

    I hate to be a pain but I dont have internet at home and want to know if any changes take place for the hike on Monday. When I leave on friday I wont have access to this site. Can you text me at[masked] or call if the weather cancels the trip or anything else changes?

    August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure thing!

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm new to the group. I've done similar hikes recently with about twice the elevation gain, but they topped out at around ~7,200'. I'm trying to balance the higher elevation with the lower gain. Seem doable? I don't want to hold you up.

    August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I bet you'll be fine. I did change the date (I accidentally put the wrong one in at first)

      August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah, bugger. I have to work on Monday so I won't be able to make it. Have fun out there!

      August 27, 2013

  • Susan H.

    Just wanted to confirm it is Monday Sept. 2 of the hike....

    August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. I pushed the wrong button. It is now fixed.

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time from Sunday, September 01, 2013 at 7:00 AM to Monday, September 02, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time from Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 7:00 AM to Sunday, September 01, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    August 22, 2013

  • Susan H.

    Crystal Labor day weekend would be fine. Let me know if Sat, Sunday or Monday works for you.

    August 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Let's go on that Monday. Changing the date :)

      August 22, 2013

  • Susan H.

    Sept. 7 ha...dont know how I missed that one! :) Sounds awsome! c u there :)

    August 16, 2013

  • Susan H.

    I am not familiar where this trail head is although I have been up snowbowl. Can you give a little description so I know where to go? Is it at the top or along the road up? There is the cancer walk up the road on saturday too!

    August 15, 2013

    • Mark

      This hike is on September 7. The Cancer walk is Aug 17. The trail head for the Humphreys Tail is at the end of the first parking lot on the left. There is a big sign where the trail starts.

      August 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be at the cancer walk as well . . . Perhaps we will bump into each other :)

      1 · August 15, 2013

  • Susan H.

    I am new to this group but love hiking and this seems really interesting. I have been in Flagstaff a year. I have never hiked these particular trails before but I have done rim to rim of the grand canyon twice....but I haven't hiked this altitude. I am not a super fast walker...we did the rim to rim in 9 hours...what do you think...would this be a good hike for me...

    August 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I bet you could handle this. The elevation change won't be as drastic as the GC. I mainly want to discourage folks who have never hiked over 10 miles in a single day.

      August 15, 2013

  • Mark

    The trail tops out at just over 12,000 feet once you veer right at the Agassiz/Humphreys Saddle and cross over the ridge going to Agassiz Peak. An easier stopping point might be the trail head at east end of Freidlien Prairie Road.

    August 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Mark, for the clarification! I'll look in to that trail head.

      August 15, 2013

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