I climbed this peak twice. In September of '85 we nearly got blown off the peak. It was very difficult to even stand once we got near the top. In late October of the same year there was some snow but it was calm and clear with lots of interesting rime on the summit rocks...and what a view!
Cold and windy but otherwise a great hike. The north rim of the Grand Canyon is clear. Hardly any snow which was surprising.
Its a buggy mess on top and the saddle approach can be a bit tough at times...otherwise its a nice one to tackle on a Sunday afternoon...
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Had to abort about 30 yards from the summit. Winds were insanely strong! Thought I was going to get blown off the mountain. Posted a trip report of that day.
Couldn't have asked for better weather, it was perfect. Great hike and a good companion to enjoy the hike with. Snow still in the trees but none on the ridge above timberline. Met a few others as we descended who were chasing the state highpoints and a SP member who takes awesome photos. (paganiphotos)
Since the snow has not come, we climb the nearly bare summit ridge and see the sunrise, casting an amazing shadow over the land. It is bitterly cold and windy, but it is beautiful.
Was lucky to team up with a local. Broke trail from about 10K to the ridge. Not much snow on the ridge, totally windless on the summit, should have brought a newspaper. Down via the ski slopes. Great day!
Drove down from Vegas the night before. Started hiking early before the ski lift started operating (so I saved some money and later got a free ride down). Nice weather, met several hikers packing boots and skis so they could ski down the north face.
Climbed this guy during a family reunion with my cousin. He had to stop when we got to the saddle but told me to summit without him. As soon as I started to head back down to him I saw him making the final approach; he had decided he couldn't climb that high and not get to the top of Arizona. It was nice to see a few pockets of snow in the middle of summer, but the flies were horrible. All in all great climb; my highest altitude yet.
I was a bit discouraged thinking that I would be in Arizona and not be able to hit the highpoint because it was February. The description of the mountain on summitpost, makes one think that nobody climbs it in the winter without crampons. Well, I guess I got lucky, because it was a beautiful February day and a beautiful hike! This was my 5th highpoint. (Fl,Co,La,Ar,Az)
It was a great day to climb Humphreys especially in February.
Great hike with great friends in unseasonably warm conditions. There was very little snow on the day after Christmas and it was a bit of a disapointment. However, it was chilly at the top, about 30 F, and winds were insane, gusting at almost sixty miles per hour. After getting back down to the saddle though we were okay. Enjoy.
Fun and easy snow climb through a beautiful forest leads to a nice ridgeline - a little too close to the Ski resort for my liking, but still nice. We ran the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim 2 days before this.
I was in Arizona for just a little and had time to do only a single mountain so I had to go the highest around.. It was a good choice, lots of good souvernirs.
Climbed Fall 2000 with Damon
Climbed Boundary Peak, and Mount Whitney, the same week. Stayed in Flagstaff on Saturday, and had breakfast at "The Place" at 5:00 AM and started climbing Sunday morning at 6:00 AM. Had a great hike through the forest. It had snowed the night before and the trail was dusted with snow. Reached the summit with Ed and Joe and spent about an hour on top. Seen a lot of other hikers. Just about every hiker had a dog along with them. Seemed strange to me. On the way down we looked for the old airplane that had crashed, but did not go far enough back to find it. We needed time to drive back to Vegas to fly home on Monday morning. It was a great way to end the week and a beautiful climb since the aspens were bright yellow. HP #5.
Beautiful fall day with the aspens in full color and even spooked a herd of elk on the way up. Trail was pretty busy.
I flew into Phoenix the day before, spent the night in Flagstaff and hit the trail by 9:30am. We reached the summit at 12:30pm. The conditions were ideal with clear skies and only moderate winds. The trail was mostly clear with a few small patches of snow/ice in some places, but it was quite manageable with just hiking boots. This is my 12th state highpoint.
great day camped around 10.5 thousand feet and hit the summit before the rain