Things weren’t going well so I headed south. Clear skies and mild temps made the SF Peaks a clear choice. The trail was more rugged than expected and my poorly fitted boots ate at my heels. It took about 6 hours round-trip with the sightseeing. I could see several small fires on the plateau and a ranger pointed them out as he finished replacing the summit sign. The lacquer for the previous sign was not up to regulation for a wilderness area.
Only took two hours and fifty minutes up and half an hour less going down. The trail was well set up and maintained. Very windy at the top, which took some of the edge off the day’s heat.
Trail are very rocky & tree roots some down timber. Lots of controlled burns
Great day running in the Kachina Peaks! Summitted Humphreys from Schultz Tank via Weatherford trail.
Yep, it was hard, but I did it. Wasn't really hard until going down. That park sucks. Was very cold and windy at the top. Met a woman at the peak who was hiking it for her 22nd b'day.
Super cold and windy above treeline. Snow obscured part of the trail as it headed up to the ridge. We wore all the layers today. Surprised to see people heading up in shorts. Beautiful summit and we had it to ourselves for a half hour! Nice windbreak on top.
Sunny at the bottom, snowing at the top
Cold before dawn. trip report
Climbed on a cloudy day but still had great views all the way up
Super windy day.
Summited via the standard route from the Arizona ski bowl. As I approached the parking area, it was clear that stiff winds were going to be an issue on this day as the clouds overhead appeared to be racing. Once above treeline, the “breeze” picked up to near gale strength. Kind of an exciting adrenaline rush as I worked my way upwards before finally diving into semi-protected walled stone cubby area on top of Arizona.
Solo hike. Very memorable.
Left SLO, CA at midnight and got to the summit some 15 hours later. Little snow on the trail but freakin cold at the top! Didn't even know it was there until we were on our way to the Grand Canyon Rim to rim to rim and wondering what to do our first day in AZ.
A good trek for the novice altitude seeker. It isn't really difficult, yet it provides enough to instinctively communicate to its traveler if this is the sort of thing he or she really wants to continue.
It was hot at start but was very long sleevish and the jacket felt good on top. Wind was moderate and sky was partly cloudy. It is a good trek to do in that there is reward at the top and
enough of an effort is required to give a feeling of achievement once on top. I would suggest to go before July though if you want some decent snow travel and photos. Thanks for the log book!
This was my 36th highpoint and my girlfriend's 6th. I had no problems, but my girlfriend may have suffered from a bit of high altitude sickness. But she pushed through it, and summited just before the storms came in. It's a great hike, and we both really enjoyed it!
Climbed Humphreys Peak on 5/21/2012. I was not well acclimatized. It took me 4 hours to hike 3 miles, 3,000 vertical feet. Nice hike! It took only half as long to descend.
A friend and I summitted Humphrey's Peak on Saturday, October 1, 2016. It had been rainy most of the week, so we anticipated that the trail would be relatively muddy (the ranger at the trailhead speaking with hikers also indicated we should expect such conditions, as well as ice, potentially). It ended up being mostly dry on the ascent.
The fall colors were beautiful, and cloudy conditions for the majority of our hike kept us cool (temps in the 30s to low 50s) and out of direct sunlight. A breeze/light wind swept across the main ridge as we worked that section of the hike on the ascent, as well as on the descent. A snow/graupel mix began to fall once we were on the summit, and continued until we dropped back down off the main ridge.
We found the trail, though fairly rocky, to be very well maintained and easy to follow. Hiking through the high, moist forests and alpine zone enveloped in a cloud also made it clear that this was not the typical Arizona desert landscape. The trail was beautiful.
As a warm-up for my next day Rim to Rim to Rim, I decided again for Humphreys Peak. I thought (right or wrong I don't know) that a few hours hike will do me good. I'm not a big fan of this mountain since I don't find either the hike or the views particularly interesting/beautiful. However, I think the warm-up effort was good enough. I started the hike at 4:55 AM. It was a very windy day, in excess of 30 mph. On the summit and coming down from the summit to the saddle, the wind was fierce, gusts were blowing me off trail like I was nothing. One thing I want to bring to everyone's attention: the summit box is entirely empty. Someone must have had enough of all of the junk that was in there (and I know from last year that the box was full of all possible useless stuff), that did the mountain a favor and removed almost everything from it. There were only a few pens and pencils and a small roll of duck tape. No registry. If anyone reads this and wants to do hikers a favor, bring a big notebook up there for people to sign.
Halfway there? Sorta?
Made it to the top and back to the trees before the storms came in. Nice summit; fun hike.
Group of 4 on a nice Independence Day.