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.
Extremely crowded on the trail. According to a ranger, there were likely 500 people out there. I left the parking lot at 6:15 a.m. and it was already crowded. Unbelievable.
My first 12er.
Hit the trail pretty early, it was a beautiful day indeed on all fronts, lots of people on Humphrey's Trail, some traffic jams beyond the saddle. Still some snow but nothing insurmountable, you don't need Spikes as opposed to 5 weeks ago when the snow was 4 feet high and the trail disappeared and was very hard to follow. Views from the summit are breathtaking and well worth it. This hike in winter is almost 3 times as difficult. Finally I bagged this mountain after 3 unsuccessful winter attempts in the last 10 years.
Son 19 and I 51 signed the book on this morning after a 4 hour beautiful hike up to Humphreys Peak. Horizontal snow and ice on all the trees, some wildlife, ruffed grouse not caring who is watching. A fresh snowfall the night before made for beautiful scenery. A bit tricky getting down since it's easy to see the peak but hard to see direction to base. Anyhow passed a young couple near the peak as they were on their way down.only saw 5 other people that morning. Later that day we travelled to GC NP and the next day climbed down to cottonwood campground. US Southwest has such diversity and made fr a great 2 week adventure which also included Havasupai, Arches, Carlsbad and Page area.
Snow mostly all of the way. Warmer weather made it a posthole nightmare. Much tougher than a summer Ascent but well worth it! Almost no wind at the top with great visibility. Grand Canyon in clear sight.
Snow from TH to summit. Did not need skis or slowshoes.
The Aspens looked great, fun hike.
Jogged up it. Summited in 86 min. Very enjoyable though couldn't see well from top and it did start to rain on the way down.
It took 4.5 hours car to car. My GPS said a total distance of 10.6 miles roundtrip. I was the first on the trail at daybreak (6 AM) and made the summit at 8:30 AM. The views from the summit are OK but the hike itself has no views and is mostly just boring hiking through the forest, until reaching the saddle. Since I was alone on the summit I decided to sit around for 30 minutes (pictures, texts, food, etc - summit stuff). Going down I encounter hoards of folks going up. Some of these hikers appeared not very familiar with hiking: had way too much weight on their backs, too many clothes and left too late (as in 10:30 AM late.) An early start on this hike should be a must. After all, although this is not a technical hike and does not require any special gear, it is a little strenuous, it is over 10 miles and the summit tops at 12,633 ft which is considered high altitude. Moreover the mountain is notorious for unexpected high winds and unexpected weather change after noon.
Starting to do some state Highpoints #4
Great highpoint, good weather
Trip report https://summitsofthestates.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/arizona-success/
It was a cold snowy day, and I had the mountain all to myself. Not a soul in sight.
Did this in the winter so we could do both 12,000 foot Arizona Peaks in one trip. Met with the rangers and got our permits first for climbing both peaks. Great long day!
Multiple summits...love this mountain!
Awesome hike. Got to the top around 9am, first one up. No wind on the summit, at all. Hung out on top for over a half hour in very pleasant conditions. I passed several groups on the way down getting back to the TH a little after 11. The snow packed trail through the forest to the saddle is very easy to walk on and follow right now. Made for a quick trip, which is a good thing as I had a long drive back to SL after words.
Summitted in 3 hours. Windy and cool on peak with limited views due to clouds/haze.