As the highest summit in the state, Humphreys Peak rises to 12,633 ft. and is the tallest peak of the San Francisco Peaks featuring the only true alpine environment in Arizona. The Humphreys Peak Trail begins in the lower parking lot of Snow Bowl, Flagstaff's local ski area. Well maintained and easy to follow, the trail climbs along a moderate grade to a saddle that connects Humphreys and Agassiz peaks. Collectively these peaks were once part of a large volcano and the inner basin was its crater. Timberline is not far beyond the saddle. Once the summit is reached, incredible views stretch out in all directions. On a clear day, the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, and the Mogollon Rim are but a few landmarks that are visible. You can enjoy a "top of the world" feeling on Humphreys Peak.
Trail Rating: Moderate to Strenuous
Trail Length: 9.5 mile round trip
Elevation Gain/Loss: 3800 ft. Trail head is at 8800 ft. Peak is at 12,633 ft.
No water is available along the trail. Come prepared for the possibility of rapidly deteriorating weather conditions. We will begin the hike early Sunday morning in an attempt to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.
Approximate hiking time: 6-7 hours
Not appropriate for dogs
Drive time to Flagstaff is about 8.5 hours from the El Paso / Las Cruces area via I-10, I-25, and I-40 utilizing the highway 6 bypass south of Albuquerque.
Meet to carpool at the Starbucks/Khols parking lot at 7:30 am on Saturday. Las Cruces folks please communicate with each other to set up your carpooling....thanks!
Saturday and Sunday nights we can car camp for free at Hart's Prairie, a very large area with forest roads winding through it. Harts Prairie is located on FR 151 off of US 180 and just north of Snow Bowl Road. There are no established campgrounds and no water. Some roads may require high clearance. You also have the option of staying overnight in Flagstaff and meeting up at the trail head Sunday morning. As well you have the option of driving back home Sunday afternoon after the hike.
To get to Hart's Prairie, take US 180 north out of Flagstaff for some 15+ mi (yeah, it's out there) until you reach the the SECOND (there are two junctions; you want the northernmost, second one) junction of FR151, and take a right. This well-maintained dirt road will take you into Hart's Prairie, a large meadow at the northwest base of Humphrey's Peak. Find an appropriate campsite or use the GPS coordinates we will post as soon as the first people who get there establish a campsite. GPS coords to the general area/turn-off to Hart's Prairie:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=35.3921,-111.7498&z=15), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=35.3921&mlon=-111.7498&zoom=15), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=35.3921,-111.7498&marker0=35.3921,-111.7498&z=15))
Call Mike[masked] with any questions