Part of a loop through the SW to catch Wheeler (NM) and Humphrey's with a few days of vacation that I had. This was my second attempt as we turned around about 200 ft. from the summit due to bad weather in early March. As we summited the weather moved in and it started snowing which turned to rain about the time we got back down to timberline. We had our snowshoes just in case but the snow looks to be pretty much gone - oh well, better to be over prepared and get weird looks by the others on the trail that were going up in shorts and tee shirts - WTF?...
The mountain got some fresh snow the night before and also the previous day. Along with the snow he trail was icy in places. MicroSpikes and a pole were helpful. No flotation needed. We had some wind on top along with some dark clouds. The day cleared and became sunny on our way down.
My first stop an an epic 10 day trip through the southwest that involved some climbing and mountain biking. Very cold and windy that day at the top.
how was snow coverage that day on Humphreys?
Snow Bowl - Summit
Reached the summit with good friends, Mareshah and Ryan. There was a lot of snow down low and snow shoes were required. Very windy at the summit. Views were great. You could even see the Grand Canyon that day.
Made it to the top this time after the first attempt two days earlier was thwarted by a thunderstorm! [with Jimmy]
This was a winter ascent, but due to it being a low snow year, we only needed boots and poles to get to the summit.
We started off following the summer trail from the Snow Bowl ski resort, but missed a switchback (even though the trail had a good boot pack) when we reached a wide, obvious old avalanche chute that we went out to investigate. We ended up going straight up the chute hopping from rock to rock to avoid postholing and came upon the 1944 B-24 airplane wreck that was an interesting find. We continued straight up the slope above treeline to the summit ridge and followed that north to the summit.
On the descent, we followed the ridge to the low saddle with Agassiz and followed the boot packed trail down to the trailhead.
But a lot of bugs on the summit ha
Wonderful hike to the top of Arizona. At 9.30am I was all alone on the summit. Endless views... of just nothing. Gorgeous!
Summited with my two daughters (No. 9) and high school running buddy. A nice day to climb, and the ascent was ok. Reached the top mid morning, just ahead of the first thunder. Descent very hard due to rocks and roots all the way, but only light intermittent rain. We met a woman who climbs this mountain every week (wow). This was the first on a five state highpoint trip which also included 12 national parks plus Mount Rushmore.
State HP #29 - Apparently, it is monsoon season in northern Arizona in August/September. This was our second try at Humphrey's Peak, as just a few days earlier, we were turned back by lightening .75 miles and 500 feet below the summit. On that 1st try, my friend decided to go forward and summit in the heavy rain/storm clouds, against better judgement, while we turned back. Fast forward to Sept 3rd, the weather was much nicer, and we started out very early. My gf and I hiked quickly, making record time up a trail, and were successful! Very pretty country in northern AZ, and could see the Grand Canyon from the summit too!
My wife and I, along with my 16 month old daughter, made it to the summit. It was a great hike. Took us 4 hours to summit and once we got to the top...a storm passed over and had to book it to the saddle. We were told by a native hiker of Humphrey's, that he thinks our daughter was the youngest to summit...would like to see if that is true. As we were coming down we met a man that was 77 years old, he was determined to summit for the last time in his life. Might the youngest and the oldest summit the same day?!
Great hike. Very Windy.
After a week of hiking on a bum leg the ascent was fine. A little storm scare on the last mile, but not enough to turn me back. The decent however on an injured leg took me 3x as long as it should. almost 6 hours in the rain.
It wasn't a storm scare, but a major storm and every other hiker turned back. It was the poorest decision you've made while hiking with us on a trip. You shouldn't have been hiking in the first place. Very bad decision making sir, and i had to call you out in this forum!
Great Labor Day hike. Slept in the Snow Bowl parking lot, and started the hike at 4:15am. Got to the saddle between Agassiz and Humphrey's right when the sun was about to rise. Tried to make it to the summit before sunrise, but was about 10 minutes behind. I made it to the summit in 1 hour 52 minutes. My dog Niko made it with me. His first state highpoint. Hopefully many more to come for him.
This was a really enjoyable climb. I felt confident and safe. I kept *my* pace, which is a newly-learned lesson i'll use from now on.
Headed out to the trailhead from Grand Canyon the night before and slept at the trailhead, got an early start at around 7am, was up and back to my car by 1030. Saw a line of people heading up around 10, glad I started early. Fun hike, lots of uphill. Would like to see what a winter ascent would be like.
Visited the grand canyon and checked humphreys off the list while we were there