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