Wondering if anyone has approximations as to the current snow levels on the peaks around Flagstaff. Going to be down in your 'hood next week and trying to figure out what higher peaks, if any, to bag. Won't have snowshoes or crampons, etc. If anyone's been out and about in that area and has any observations they could post, would appreesh. Thanks!
Pretty much all the southern and western aspects are clear. Above treeline, there usually isn't too much snow anyways because the wind blows it all. Fremont and Doyle are pretty clear, but access on Forest Roads would be an issue still. Its all melting off very very fast. You could easily do a summit attempt on the Humphreys Peak Trail and be relatively clear of snow (you would run into alot of snow in the lower northwest facing aspects, but that is manageable). And Larry, that last storm that rolled through Flagstaff dropped almost a foot in town and 31 inches at Snowbowl, but thats all melted off now.
For peaks to climb, I would definitely give Humphreys a shot (if you haven't done that already). Fremont and Doyle would be alright if the road is open. I am hopefully trying Kendrick Mtn Friday. Ill post how that is if I go.
I ended up doing O'Leary Peak. It has a great view of the Inner Basin and the Peaks. East and North aspects still have alot of snow and looks pretty well covered still. However, it looks like thats only the case on the east aspects from around 10,300 and up. Mt. Elden is almost entirely free of snow with a few spots in the drainage in the north and east sides
I had a friend that tried Humphreys this past weekend. They went up the Humpheys Peak Trail to the Flying Dutchmen and they said that they were still post holing a whole lot. They didn't make the summit because of the snow. If you went up the West ridge that starts from Snowbowl and stayed on the south side you would be relatively clear of snow. Thats just current conditions, however, if you are going up mid-May, alot more of the snow should be melted along the Humphreys Peak Trail
Thanks for the info Alex. Since I had my dog with me, and noting your last post, I opted not to tackle Humphreys this time. And according to the Forest Service website, the roads to the Weatherford Trail are still closed (don't bother telling me if that is not true or their site is not updated, I don't want to know at this point). ;- )
Would've tried Fremont and Doyle but maybe next time. Spent the day doing more local Sedona/Oak Creek Village stuff. Lots of stuff to tackle around here.
Now, the real reason for the post -- which restaurant are you talking about with that burger, lcarreau? There is a Red Planet diner in West Sedona (or something like that) and a place called Red's in town too. I don't want to make a mistake with something as special as a hamburger!