4-6 inches fresh powder night before climb. Beautiful sunny day. Took Agassiz lift and hiked from the snowbowl. Snow drifts were very deep at points - especially on summit, where the summit marker post was completely buried. Stashed snowboard and boots halfway up the bowl - made a nice ride down!
I got an early start on a Saturday morning and made it to the top by 11:00. Had the top to myself and didn't see anyone until I started down and then I passed someone every couple of minutes. I had a great time and almost wished I lived in Flagstaff.
I foolishly left the trailhead late the day before and was driven back down below the treeline by lightning from an impressive early afternoon thunderstorm. Frustrated, I stayed in Flagstaff that night, hit the trail early the next morning, and reached the summit under perfect conditions by 10 a.m. Lesson learned!
Easy hike. Only a slight dusting of snow near the summit.
My brother and I hiked this one sunny afternoon and all was beautiful until we reached the ridge. There we were greeted with wind in excess of 60mph. Very chilly and we nearly crawled the last 100 yards or so. At the summit we hunkered down behind the rock wall and then braced ourselves against the wind for a quick picture. Didn't get to spend enough time on top because of the wind but all in all a rewarding hike indeed. Back in Flagstaff, I was washing the dust off my truck and a photographer with the Arizona Daily Sun took our picture and the next day it was on the front page! Man were they huring for a filler or what? 2 days later we hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and spent the night at Phantom Ranch. What an elevation change!
Incredible day. The snow pack was solid. Strong winds on the summit ridge, but it was nothing abnormal. This was my first time. Although the mountain is fairly easy, the views and setting are unbelievable.
My wife and I went from the trailhead to the summit and back to the trail head in less then 4hrs. which we thought was pretty good except for the fact that this lady that was jogging it passed us 3 times. Once on her way back from summitting, then again on her way back to the summit (we were fairly close ourselves by then), and then again as she was coming back down. There are always plenty of people around to keep me humble. Our 1st intro into hiking above the treeline. Beautiful day, beautiful mountain. God is good.
My faithful yellow lab joined me on the trip. He loves the outdoors and is a great trail companion. Got chased off the top by lightning. The last mile my dog gave out. My friend and I made a stretcher out of a poncho and two poles to carry him back to camp.
Outrageous!!!! Started on the trail and since I had snowshoes I veered off and went straight up thru some serious powder :)!!! Took me about 2 hrs to hit the tree line and another hour just to get to below the 3rd false summit. The winds were gusting between 50 and 80 mph, ( my amature guess from being knocked to my feet numerous times!!!) so I didn't feel like it was safe to get very close to the ridge, or to go anyfurther. I boarded down after that in beautiful conditions. A great experience-felt like I was on a real mountain battling real weather for a change!!!
The July climb was my fist and the worst of the two. I completely underestimated the heat and the amount of water needed. I became extremely dehydrated to the point of nearly fainting. The November trip was much better as I was more prepared. Knee deep snow up to and past the saddle made for some exhausting post holing but it was well worth it.
AZ highpoint. Love those woods, ;-)
Wind, wind, wind. 60 mph constant on ridge with gusts reaching 100 mph near summit. Very, very cold - but many thanks to the souls who built that rock shelter! Hit freezing rain on the way down and made it back at the tail end of dusk. 11h total.
Climbed it after school with my friend. Started at 1:45PM, got to the saddle at 3:00, and to the top at 4:15. It was pretty cold on top and there were about 5 other people up there. Left the summit at 4:30 and got back down at 6:30 as the sun was setting. My 2nd AZ peak and 1st state high point.
Nice hike. Met a fellow Las Vegan, Tom, near the summit. Best of luck to Tom on his trip to Kilimanjaro next week.
Led a group of hikers to the summit. Two days after this I led the group from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in one day. They were tired after this weekend (but happy). This was my third time to summit. Great time.
First time on Humphreys. The weather was great; it was partly cloudy, and at the summit there were long periods with no wind at all. It was definitely insect season, but they weren't the biting type.
1st summit of Humphrey's
Beautiful Jan day. Used snowshoes up to the saddle. Snow was packed enough to hike the rest of the way. Fairly cold and windy but perfect conditions for a winter ascent.
August 30, 2012 - Climbed for my second time while moving my car from California to New Mexico. 3:20 round trip.
July 2001 - Climbed with Thomas after a great week at Lake Powell. Had beers and burgers at the ski bowl after the hike.
Weather and trail conditions were favorable to allow me to sneak in this ascent on the second day of winter. It felt more like autumn than winter.