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Humphreys' Peak

Join Mark Ericson as he hosts this adventure up Mt. Humphreys.  Thanks so much for volunteering Mark!

He writes:

At this time the top still has snow therefore my plan is to hike as far up as possible without snowshoes. If anyone wants to bring snowshoes to hike further they are welcomed to do so. I hope to get at least to the saddle hopefully the summit.

Meet at Frys Parking Lot, southwest corner of I-17 and Bell, at 7 a.m. to carpool to Snowbowl Ski Resort outside Flagstaff AZ. Suggest bringing camelbacks, energy bars, hat, hiking poles, extra outer garment, gloves, dry socks.

Summary: Humphreys trail takes you to the summit of Mount Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona, at 12,633 feet.

Distance 8.25 miles round trip, Elevation Gain 3272ft, 5 hours, Difficulty- Strenuous,

The trail starts out in a nice flat meadow, but quickly gains elevation as it ascends in a series of long switchbacks. After about 3 miles, the trail reaches a saddle at 11,800 feet. This saddle connects Humphreys Peak with Agassiz Peak to the south. From the saddle, the Humphreys Trail continues north for another mile as it passes several false summits. The trail follows the rocky treeless ridge to the main summit. The final mile to the to the summit should not be attempted if thunderstorms threaten. Mount Humphreys is the highest point for hundreds of miles around and a large portion of Arizona is visible from the summit. As you stand on the summit you will gain a real sense of standing on top of the world.

Hikers are required to stay on the trail above 11,400 feet due to fragile nature of this alpine environment.

Trailhead: Drive 7 miles north of Flagstaff, on US Highway 180, to Forest Road 516. Turn right and follow this paved road 7.4 miles to the Snow Bowl Ski Area lodge. The trailhead begins at north end of the parking lot just below the lodge, you should see a sign. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked]

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  • Michael R.

    I am heading north this weekend to attempt Humphrey's Peak. I would love any advice you all have. It will be my first time up even though I went to Flag High.

    May 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sedona is 4k feet, flag is 7k, trailhead is 9k. Spending night in sedona should help bc its 3k feet higher than phx. Good luck on your hike!

      1 · May 23, 2013

    • Tim

      We went up a couple of weeks ago and there was still a lot of snow and it was melting so it may be a bit sloppy. We drove up the day of the hike and got to the trail head at 10AM. We got as far as the saddle which is about 11800 ft. The altitude change only affected one out of the 6 of us. We did not go to the summit because of time restraints not because of the altitude change.

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, all. It was a good hike. I appreciate your patience with my nausea! Mark, thank you for organizing this trip.

    May 13, 2013

  • Lucie

    Awesome hike! Thanks Mark for leading, we really did quite well!! :)

    May 13, 2013

  • Mark E.

    excellent! We made it to the Saddle and half our group did not have extra traction devices for their boots.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Mark E.

    To Laila,
    from I-17 exit thunderbird go east (right) to 19 Ave then north (left) to Bell. Turn west (left) on Bell go under I-17. The Fry's is just west of I-17 on the left. This will only add maybe 10 to 15 minutes.

    May 9, 2013

    • Laila

      Thank you Mark, this surely is very helpful. Also, I visited several shops today, including REI, and they had all sold out of tractions attachment :-( I am left with just the poles

      May 11, 2013

  • Doug H.

    Mark, i have to drop of the Humphries Hike. HOpe to make it next time. Have a Good in all. Best, DH

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For anyone traveling north on I-17 to get to Fry's, ADOT reports this closure: Northbound Interstate 17 closed at Thunderbird Road from 11 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.

    May 9, 2013

    • Laila

      I think this will affect me coming from awhatukee ? Any suggestions on alternate routes?

      May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It may be too slushy for the hiking shoes I own. Next time!

    May 9, 2013

  • Laila

    Thank you Bob and Mark for your recomendations

    May 8, 2013

  • Laila

    If possible, I would like to hitch a carpool ride too. I will happily pay for the gas in exchange :-)

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also would like to bum a ride off someone if possible. My two-seater hybrid complains on the hills. I'll gladly contribute to fuel expenses.

    May 8, 2013

  • Lucie

    I will meet you at the carpool location. Can I ride with someone to the trailhead? :) Thanks

    May 8, 2013

  • Mark E.

    You must have additional traction attachments for your boots to do this hike such as yaktrax etc. Sportsman Warehouse, REI, and Sports Chalet have them from $20 and up. Also bring hiking poles, energy bars and dress in layers, gloves and hat. Weather Forecast for May 12th high temp 41, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain, wind 8 mph. We will hike up as far as we feel safe.I plan to be back to the cars no later than 5pm. If there are members that want to go higher you should ride together to avoid delaying others on the return trip. Safety is a priority here if you have a space blanket bring it. Please read post below.
    Mark Ericson

    May 6, 2013

  • Laila

    Thank you Bob for sharing your experience. This gives me some idea of what it may look like on Sunday.

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tried humpries to practice yesterday, but it was snowing really hard and I wasn't able to make it all the way. I think I'm going to pass this time--trail is just too icy for me to be able to keep up with you guys. Next time :)

    May 6, 2013

  • Marisol

    Family has decided to travel to NM for Mother's Day. I am freeing up my spot for someone who can make it.

    May 6, 2013

  • andy z

    Schedule conflict. Bummer.

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was up there today. There's still a bit of patchy snow/ice. I didn't even make it to the saddle, but I didn't have proper footwear. I was passed a few times, but my lungs were struggling with the altitude. Weather was great --53 degrees when I left early afternoon. Took my dog, who not only got to play in the snow for the first time, but also saw flurries AND his first deer :-)

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I had to call off but slipped and broke my Fibula yesterday while hiking the White Tanks

    May 5, 2013

  • Reed L.

    I may not be able to make it so I don't want to keep a spot open and blow it for someone who definitey could make it.

    May 4, 2013

  • Randee D.

    Hi All,

    I've hiked Humphreys' Peak in all kinds of weather and through all kinds of conditions. I hope you guys do well because I am guessing that you will be hitting snow pretty early on the trail. If the trail fails, I have often seen people go straight up the volcanic rock/scree, which is no easy feat, but a way to defeat the snow. Have a great time.

    April 29, 2013

    • Paul

      Snow may still be deep on the trail

      May 4, 2013

  • Jim W.

    Back is acting up so better not go.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am bringing 1 guest, looking forward to the hike

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this trip

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it. 1st time. When do you think we would be back in Phoenix?

    April 30, 2013

  • Laila

    This will be a first time for me to the sumit of Mt Humphreys...I am looking forward to it :-)

    April 29, 2013

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