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Humphreys Peak Info

Postby beaudittl » Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:17 am

Hey all. In May, I'm going to be in the Flagstaff area and before I head to do the Grand Canyon would like to get in as much hiking as possible. The first thing that caught my eye was an ascent of Humphreys Peak. From what I've read thus far, I'm thinking of using the Inner Basin Trail as to avoid the big crowds but also have a decent length hike. I have quite a bit of experience in the ADKs of NY, but what I'm wondering is what is this trail like? Is it quite technical or generally a walk-up? Real exposed? etc etc. Any info would help and is much appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance guys. Happy Trails!
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Re: Humphreys Peak Info

Postby eferesen » Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:09 am

Inner basin trail is closed after the fire last year. Not sure when it will open. The IB trail is straight forward. Just a walk up to Humphreys. You can however start of at Kichana trail, then join Weatherford and all the way up to Humphreys and take the regular trail back, but that makes for long day. Almost 20 miles. Wonderful loop. Done a bunch of times. You may encounter snow on the Weatherford trail. We haven't had a lot of snow this year (yet). The Grand Canyon might be hot at that time of the year. You can check out Hermit Trail (desolate), South Kaibab or Bright Angel (crowded as hell).
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Re: Humphreys Peak Info

Postby beaudittl » Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:44 pm

Leghorn, just so I am clear, are you saying the IB will be open for use after April? And as for the Humphrey Trail, how is that? If I had to resort to using it does that have any technicality to it?
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Re: Humphreys Peak Info

Postby lcarreau » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:15 am

The Humphreys Trail DOES NOT require any technical ability, except for an ice axe when it's completely snow-covered..

If you check back in March, you'll get a better outlook for any weather lasting into May.
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Re: Humphreys Peak Info

Postby lcarreau » Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:14 am

Mr Leghorn wrote:The trail has been done by grandmothers, so there is nothing technical about it.


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