This trip was originally posted as a weekend trip, but we've decided to post only the day hike portion as an organized trip. Anyone that still wants to head up and camp for the weekend, post a comment with your plans & your phone number if you want others to meet you either here in the valley or up north.
On Sunday, 6/2, Meagan will head up to Flagstaff from Phoenix to hike Kendrick Peak via the Pumpkin Trail. This will be a difficult day hike, gaining 2,900 feet over 5 miles (one way). The elevation tops out at just over 10,400 feet. The return trip will be via the same route. Mountain forecast site reports dry conditions for Humphrey's and surrounding peaks, but we'll need to call when the office is open to confirm. If chance of rain is => 30%, the hike will be cancelled.
Time: Average round trip time for a fit hiker is about 5 hours. With a long stay at the top, probably closer to 6.
Gear: Plan on layers as it will be cold & windy at the top, a wind/rain layer is nice to have on this hike. Wear footwear appropriate for varied mountain trail conditions (wet/dry/rocky).
Water: You will likely have a higher water requirement than usual being that this is an elevation hike without acclimation; please plan accordingly.
Food: Snacks & lunch.
For more information about the trail and the hike, checkout this link: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=195
Everyone will meet in the Red Robin parking lot just east of the I-17 off of Happy Valley Rd at 7:00 AM to arrange carpooling and then on the road by 7:15. A stop in Flagstaff on the way back for dinner is a definite possibility. I'll send out an email with confirmation on weather conditions & Meagan's phone number at the end of the week.