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FinanceguyRoute Climbed: Humphrey's Peak Trail Date Climbed: September 17, 2003  Sucess!


Left the trailhead at 7:45 and reached the summit about noon. I started the hike on my own; however, quickly caught up with two guys attempting the summit and went up the mountain with them.

We were passed by several people on their way down saying the cold and the wind at the top turned them around before they reached the summit or caused them to crawl the last few hundred yards. The wind was fairly strong, especially just after we reached the third false summit and the last push from the last false summit to the summit was a run, bent over at the waist trying to fight the wind. Enjoyed fifteen minutes atop Arizona and in the wind shelter before heading back down.

A great hike with some excellent views.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 2:10 pm

paclimberRoute Climbed: Main Humphreys Trail Date Climbed: September 1, 2003  Sucess!


Got an early start and reached the summit about 7:00 AM. Heard many barking coyotes on the way. Sounded very close, but never saw one. Easy climb, and nice views from the top, as weather was great -- at least early. After running down the mountain, and reaching my car in the lot, I turned to see dark storm clouds enveloping the summit. By 11:00 AM, hail and rain poured down from the skies. On my way down, I had passed 50+ hikers going up, many of whom seemed inadequately dressed and unprepared for such a quick change in the weather. It was my first time on Humphreys, and I'm glad I got the early start.
Posted Sep 10, 2003 12:52 pm

flechenbonesRoute Climbed: Humphrey's Peak trail Date Climbed: Sept. 7 2003  Sucess!


Great hike. Second time to the top. Concerned about weather as much of the mountain was enveloped in clouds and thunderstorms were possible. Luckily they did not materialize and we continued our hike through the mist. Few views available but the lack of visibility made the hike interesting. Hard to believe it is Arizona. Did get a little hail and rain but only when we were well into the descent.

Posted Sep 8, 2003 1:37 pm

ewakildRoute Climbed: Humprey's-Weatherford-Kachina Loop Date Climbed: August 30, 2003  Sucess!
Great hike through a beautiful forest, and then up to saddle. From saddle, another 1.5 miles to the top along a beautiful ridge at altitude. Altogether, a short, easy hike if one is in shape. Unfortuneately, we did not get any views and it was definitely crowded. The rest of the loop started off well, but ended poorly. The inner basin was great, but once over the saddle between Doyle and Fremont, it became quite boring. It is a long 18 mile loop and by the end we had had more than enough. Looking very forward to climbing Humprey's in winter for snow/winter/mountaineering practice.
Posted Sep 3, 2003 6:25 pm

surgentRoute Climbed: Humphreys Trail Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!


Have climbed it 6 times: once in '94, twice in '97, again in '98 and '99 and then again in '03. Have also failed twice due to total whiteout and deep soft snow. Wonderful hike all around.
Posted Aug 26, 2003 4:12 pm

F/MLanterRoute Climbed: Humphreys Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 2003  Sucess!
Great hike through the trees. Beautiful views above the tree line. WAY too many bugs at the summit. Would liked to have stayed longer, but they drove me crazy.
Posted Aug 16, 2003 3:03 pm

vbeckman74Route Climbed: standard trail Date Climbed: July 1995  Sucess!


Everything is beautiful up here. Say hello to the south rim.
Posted May 30, 2003 8:10 am

markmayRoute Climbed: Abineau Trail Date Climbed: 5-19-03  Sucess!


Skined and booted to summit. Still has tons of creamy spring love down below Waterline Trail.
Posted May 21, 2003 2:48 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Standard Route - Ski Area Date Climbed: May 6, 2002  Sucess!


My father-in-law and I bagged this peak and it turned out to be a wonderful day. No wind on top and not a cloud in the sky. To bad about Agassiz Pk, don't you think that the National Forest or some kind of organization could build a trail that everyone must stay on and not disturb the surrounding area?

Mark one for the environmentalist.
Posted Apr 25, 2003 9:47 am

peakbaggerRoute Climbed: Standard route to ridge trail Date Climbed: January 4, 2003  Sucess!


What an excellent start to the new year!

My first climb of Humphrey's, and based on the comments of others here, I am glad I did it in the winter. Bizarre but fun to be using crampons in Az. Conditions could not have been better-postholing in shirtsleeves to an awe-inspiring view of the Grand Canyon from the top. Only stayed for about 20 minutes, then trudged through waist deep drifts to the ski runs for a quick descent on our collective backsides. This is definitely the best mountain experience I have had in the state.
Posted Feb 25, 2003 8:47 pm

dsnellRoute Climbed: Arizona Snow Bowl Trail Date Climbed: May 10, 1995  Sucess!


When I climbed Humphries in May of 1995, a late season snow storm had dumped a foot of snow two days before we arrived. The pine trees were covered with snow and we were postholing: hard to believe you would experience this in Arizona in May. We made it to the snowy summit after a few hours of post holding and slogging, only to be greated with tremendous views of the Arizona high desert, and even a bit of Grand Canyon.
Posted Dec 18, 2002 10:15 pm

markmayRoute Climbed: Humphreys Trail Date Climbed: November 2002  Sucess!


I do this hike every couple months. It's the closest place for me to get above tree-line from Sedona.

I'm hoping to ski off the summit this winter.
Posted Dec 8, 2002 9:49 am

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Ski Slope to Trail Date Climbed: September 3, 2001  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Easy hike with no snow. Fantastic views of the Grand Canyon from the top! Roundtrip in less than 4 hours.
Posted Oct 31, 2002 4:51 pm

MjollnirRoute Climbed: Humphrey's Trail Date Climbed: 10-27-02
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2002


Winter conditions (in Fall) made the mountain tougher than I expected (read: I got lost). Awesome trip.
Posted Oct 28, 2002 10:55 am

callthedoctorRoute Climbed: Weatherford via Inner Basin Date Climbed: Aug. 24, 2002  Sucess!


Great hike...14 plus miles...very strenous from the 8600 foot Locket Meadow TH. Round trip was 8 hours...

Awesome weather except for all the smoke from the nearby fires....
Posted Aug 25, 2002 5:26 pm

callthedoctorRoute Climbed: Humphrey's Date Climbed: Sept. 9, 2001  Sucess!


My first climb up Humphrey's....

Great Views, but chilly and windy on top...
Posted Aug 25, 2002 5:20 pm

mountaindogRoute Climbed: Standard Trail - Winter Date Climbed: Numerous times 97-99  Sucess!


Great snow training route in winter. Excellent views.
Posted Jul 30, 2002 4:55 am

charles97Route Climbed: Mt. Humphreys Trail Date Climbed: Various  Sucess!


I've climbed this mountain many times, and it's always a great hike. It's probably the easiest of all the tall points in the western states. Nevertheless, you need to give it the due respect for any alpine hike. The weather is really unpredictable given how wide open the plateau is near this mountain.

The hike through the forest is just down-right pleasant with the smell of the pine and the soft earth. Once you get past the saddle between Humphreys and Agassiz, the conditions take a dramatic turn. Forest turns into barren volcanic rock, and there are no less than 3 false peaks to drain your resolve. The Arizona sun is twice as deadly up here, and storms occur frequently. The view from the summit is awesome though. On a clear day you can see the Grand Canyon.
Posted Jul 10, 2002 11:16 am

tedde1Route Climbed: main trail Date Climbed: May 2000  Sucess!
Carried my daughter to the top of this one. Lots of loose material, watched nearby forest fires all the way up.
Posted Mar 27, 2002 2:02 pm

MachimoodusRoute Climbed: Standard Route/Humphreys Trail Date Climbed: February 16th 2002  Sucess!


On Saturday, Feb 16th, I made the summit of Arizona's Highest Peak (Humphrey's ... 12,633 ft.) just after noon Mountain Standard Time. It marks my 25th state highpoint and first summit in Arizona.

It was a brisk and sometimes blustery day. In one picture you can see the tail of my hat trailing-out horizontally behind me. Nonetheless, I enjoyed 100 miles views that included much of Northern Arizona, the remnants of an extinct volcanic range and even a sliver of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Snow was light through the trees and only patchy from the saddle to the summit.
Posted Feb 19, 2002 11:26 am

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