Weekend of 6/21, I'm leading a camp-n-hike to the highest point in AZ -- Humphreys Peak near Flagstaff. The hike starts at 9,300 ft elevation and gains another 3,300 ft in 4.5 miles. Yup, you'd have to go to Colorado to get any higher.
We'll be hiking through dense pine forests, but eventually topping out above treeline with panoramic views of surrounding plateaus. This is a difficult and challenging hike, 9 miles roundtrip. Your toils will be rewarded with the thought of bagging the highest summit in the state.
I plan to arrive in Flag on Saturday and camp for the night. You may opt out of the camping part and just drive for the hike if you wish. Although, camping at 8,000 ft will help alleviate elevation sickness during the hike. We'll be camping in the open forest on FR151, 3 miles past the Snowbowl turnoff on US180. You'll need to bring all camping gear, toiletries, and water. There are no facilities.
I have also set a meeting time in North Phoenix on Sunday morning at 6:30 am so those who wish to drive up for the day can gather and carpool. I am looking for a volunteer to meet at Dennys and herd the day-hiking cats.
Time and Place:
Saturday 6/21: 4 pm, Beaver Street Brewery for HH drinks and dinner.
Saturday 6/21: 7 pm, depart to find a camping spot
Sunday 6/22: 6:30 am, Dennys, just west of I-17 on Bell
Sunday 6/22: 9:00 am, Humphreys Trailhead -- snowbowl ski resort
Directions to Trailhead:
I-17 North to Flagstaff, turns into Milton in town
Left on Humphreys St, after underpass
Left on Fort Valley, follow signs for Grand Canyon / US180
After 7 miles, turn right to Snowbowl
Drive up the mountain, take the first left after entering the Ski Resort
3L water per person
picnic lunch, trail snacks
We'll be hiking in high altitude. To ward off AMS (altitude sickness), take two aspirins/Tylenol the night before the hike and the morning of. Bring extra for the hike. Make sure you are well hydrated before and during the hike.
Dogs are welcome, but make sure they can handle the distance and altitude.
Hope you can join me on this adventure.