Road up didn't open until noon due to a charity race. Made for a great sunset but a dark descent. Excellent day
As we headed up the ranger told us make smart choices. Winds predicted at 45-50 mph. Most people coming down said too windy. We brought goggles and wind gear because we checked the weather report. Not flip flops and tanks. Last bump to ridge gusts were 70-80. Bear crawled it, but because of rock holds felt safe.
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Beautiful terrain, super fun ridge traverse for the summit.
Wife and I came in from Florida, immediately went to Humphrey's. O2 saturation at the trail head was in the high 80s, but up top wife was at 69%...
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Started around 5am, more gorgeous than expected
Skid the peak with Josh Lewis. At the summit winds were at least 70 MPH. The ski down was super fun.
Highest peak in AZ and one of the Sacred mountains for me.
About 2 miles before the summit, my body hit a wall and did not want to go any further. I slowly dragged myself to the summit, but it physically about killed me, or so it felt. Beautiful on top.
This summit was an alternative to rim to rim to rim at the Grand Canyon as the park was closed.
Started at 5:00 am and quickly found ourselves in the clouds. Luckily, the clouds abated once we reached the ridgeline. This trail is very gradual, but feels very long. The summit views were awesome as clouds were below us to the west and fairly clear views to the north and east. Back to the TH before 11:00 am. State high point #9.
Clouds billowing up from the east blocked the view to the north and east. Hiked up from the Snowbowl parking lot. Wanted to do the loop by returning via Weatherford and Kachina, but my feet weren't having any of it. Blisters on all toes and my heel; time for new boots!
Lots of people and a long day on the trail.
Added almost 4 miles since the Snowbowl road was closed. Blue skies but no shortage of wind. Had to crouch or hide behind big rocks from the saddle to the summit. You can see the Grand Canyon from the top, but I dropped down as soon as I could. Fair bit of snow, fresh bear tracks and no others.
Fair amount of snow still in the basin made going a bit slow and tedious at times. Fairly mild hike otherwise.
Absolutely perfect weather for this hike. Some fall colors would've really put it over the top. Started out at 8:15a, passed only 8 people on the way to the top. Car to car in 4.5 hours. No snow or ice or mud at all.
After 2 previous fails (visits in late Oct 1 year.. then early Oct another) - came out from NJ this 3rd time and had perfect weather / conditions for summit!
Blue Skies and only a little windy (more so on the ridge / final approach than at the summit?!)
Lovely cool morning and no wind. Great views in all directions.