NOTE: I plan to add a hike in Flagstaff on Saturday Sept. 28 (the day before this hike); so many of us will plan to spend the weekend in Flagstaff.
This awesome hike is the long way up to Humphreys Peak -- it's 17 miles with an AEG of 4,600' as compared to 10.5 miles and an AEG of 3,300' by going up via the Snow Bowl. The reward for doing the hike in this manner is some awesome scenery, including an amazing grove of aspen trees in the Inner Basin, which should be at the peak of their autumn splendor!
This may be one of the last times in the fall that we'll be able to hike up to Humphreys Peak without snow on the ground. Even so, expect some cold temperatures atop Humphreys.
This hike will begin and end at the Inner Basin Trailhead, which is near the Lockett Meadow Campground. We'll be on the Inner Basin Trail for almost 4 miles, and then we'll turn right on the Weatherford Trail. We'll take the Weatherford Trail to the Humphreys Summit Trail, and from there we'll go up to Humphreys Peak.
A description of the hike along is available here: https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1054
This hike is challenging enough due to distance and elevation gain, but the high altitude makes it even more challenging, especially as you get over 11,000 feet -- 6-7 miles of this hike are at an altitude over 11,000 feet. Altitude sickness can be an issue, so it is best to plan for your pace being slowed by the altitude. Be sure to hydrate well the day before as well as the day of the hike.
Due to the nature of this hike participation will be limited to people whose hiking abilities are known to me. If you would like to participate in the hike, please join the waiting list and I will add you to the hike as appropriate.
Mileage: 17 miles
Accumulated gain: 4,600'
Elevation: 8,600' at the TH; 12,635' atop Humphreys Peak
Guesstimated hike time: 7.5-8 hours, including breaks
Recommended: Plenty of water, good hiking footwear, snacks. NO dogs or children please.
Bathroom/water: Restroom is at the trailhead, but no water.
Carpool in Flagstaff: There will be a carpool in Flagstaff at the McDonalds at 4930 US 89-North. It will take about 45 minutes to get to the trailhead, so carpoolers will need to leave at around 5:45 AM.
Carpool from Phoenix: Anyone driving up for the day from Phoenix who wishes to carpool can meet at the McDonald's on Carefree Highway, just east of I-17. The address is: 3140 W Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Anyone carpooling from this location will need to leave by 3:45 AM in order to get to the trail head when the hike begins.
Directions to the TH: From Flagstaff follow US-89 for 12.5 miles to Forest Road 545 (directly across from the Sunset Crater National Monument turnoff). Turn left on FR 545 and drive 1.1 mile to the T-intersection of Forest Roads 420 (on the left) and 552 (on the right). Turn right on FR 552 and follow the signs to Lockett Meadow – which is located five-miles in, at the end of the road. Parking for the Inner Basin Trail is at the back of Lockett Meadow Campground.
Release of Liability: The organizer of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.
By signing up for this trip, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.
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