What a trip that was...!!
With my longtime friend Eric...
We flew to Phoenix, rented a car, drove to Flagstaff;
The gate was clodes at the TH because they had received new snow... We camped at the base... woke up the next morning and went for it from the bottom near the road...
It was crazy... we got to the top at 16:03... just three minutes shy of our turn around time...
We almost got caught in an avalanche high up near Agassiz...
A trip I made a long time ago. Was living in Tempe at the time. Drove up, camped solo, had coyote problems. Summitted the next day - no issues. Nice day.
Awesome peak. I did this peak on my way from Albuquerque to LA. Took half a day. Not bad. I had to pry the summit register out of the ice. I was the first to sign in a while.
A group of three of us headed over from ABQ and camped near the trailhead before our hike the next day. The trail was crowded and there was quite a cross-section of America represented on the mountain. The summit had a huge amount of swarming bugs so we spent very little time there before heading down.
left early and climbed straight up the ski lift to the Agassiz summit. Early 2005 had LOTS of snow (maybe 300% normal), so this felt like a true winter hike.
Traversed over to Humphreys and descended straight down the skiers right side of the snowbowl.
We car camped at the trailhead and climbed the mountain with our dog the next morning. Photos are here: Humphrey's Peak hike
Started at 7am and found the going pretty quick. Summitted at around 9am. Met a couple of ladies up on the summit and we cowered around the shelters as 60 mph winds blew all around us. Good times.
What a fine trail. I moved to Flagstaff on the 19th and summited this on 21st. It was such a thrill. There was dutch hiker who was practically running up this thing. Pretty amazing. This peak is 12633 feet.
Dan L and I climbed in a dusting of a few inches of snow, which was largely gone a week later when we came out of our 5 day trip through the Grand Canyon. Weather was perfect. We only saw three others on the trail, although none of them were summiting. Humphreys was number 42 of my 49 state high points, and the first new SHP I'd climbed in over twelve years. This marked the beginning of the end of my quest, which was completed in June 2009, nearly 24 after visiting my first SHP.
Lots of people on the mountain. Surprisingly, no one got blown off! Good views of the Grand Canyon.
After seriously considering going up the Abineau Canyon approach, this unmitagated peak-bagger opted for the quickest way up, starting from the Snow Bowl Lodge. The most popular approach, I saw many people and dogs on this trail. About 6 years ago a friend and I tried for this high point but were unable to hike it as the area was closed due to a forest fire here at that time, we could see the smoke from the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
Now as I hiked up above tree line I could look over to the Grand Canyon and see smoke from a fire there. Ironic.
I got a very late start and finished the last mile in the dark. It had been a perfect day to be out on the peak. Walk in Beauty.
On my way to the Sierra where a friend and I did Whitney. Humphreys was a nice way to get the road trip going.
It was a beautiful day to hike. Started at 6am, summited around 10:55am and got back down to trailhead at 2:25pm.
The section between the saddle and the summit was tough but was exhilarating when accomplished.
We passed a bicyclist while driving up to TH who later passed us just before the summit, he had rode from Flagstaff, which made our feat not as impressive. Luckily he was able to take our picture as no one else was around, there was almost no traffic on the Mountain, I was quite suprised. There was however a severe swarm of unidentified bugs at the summit, which caused us, unfortunately, to stay on top about 60 seconds. Weather was perfect, no wind, and temps in the mid 70s.
Capped off a nice week in Arizona for us. Spent the prior five days in the Grand Canyon and Havasu Canyon. The wind at the summit was the strongest I have ever experienced. Unreal, we had to crawl at times. Very nice area.
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...
To see more photos from this hike, click here.
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.