Humphreys Peak Climber's Log

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Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Nov 15, 2007 8:37 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 1994

Wind 1, Hikers 0

Did not know about high wind advisory - did not even feel wind until we reached ridge. My friend huddled himself into a notch between boulders and after not much debate, we retreated down with only 600 feet to go.


Moogie737 - Oct 18, 2007 2:24 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2007

Gone With the Wind  Sucess!

Cloudless skies. 10% precip chance. No problems, right? Wrong. After launching our hike from the base of the Hart Prairie chair lift (3 J-johns, all without toilet paper!), menacing winds became evident as we approached the saddle. The entire west side of the mountains was blanketed with thick hoar frost - most elegant had it not been for the raging winds up high. Making it to the summit took determination and occasional shelter behind either boulders or the east side of the ridge. Sub-freezing temps and 40 mph winds make for an interesting foe. Ben and I reached the summit in 3+03 and gladly took refuge in the rock wind break. Beautiful hike, though. Climbed for 2nd time 9-12-08 with Brent and Lee. This time there was virtually no wind and what a difference that made! I submitted a short trip report about this second hike and it can be found on the page for Wheeler Peak (NM) under the title about "Two-fers." #3 10-26-12 Mit besonderer Begleiterin. Schoener Tag, ein bisschen Wind oben, fast kein Schnee. 3+16 nach oben. #4 3-1-13. First winter ascent-solo. Followed route described in the "comments" section by Jeff12633. Horrendous north winds on the entire route above the bomber wreckage, especially on the ridge leading to the summit ridge. Did not don my ss until the descent. 3+26 up, 2+18 down.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller - Sep 30, 2007 4:08 pm Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2003

Beautiful clear day  Sucess!

Agree with some of the other posts that this peak is very windy on top, but it is a great hike and a great view once on top. I could see the red rocks of Sedona the day I summited.


hans.schenk - Sep 23, 2007 4:07 pm

Trailhead at Snowbowl  Sucess!

Climbed this in July 1998. It seemed like a long slog through the forest, but once we reached the saddle, my wife stayed behind and I humped it to the top as quick as I could. There sure were a lot of bugs!


alpspitze - Sep 23, 2007 3:40 pm Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2002

From Snowbowl  Sucess!

Day trip from Vegas. Left 1:30am, hit the trail at around 6am. Summited Humphreys and then Agassiz and back down around 1:30pm.
Back to Vegas around 7pm. All around a great day.

Dartmouth Hiker

Dartmouth Hiker - Sep 22, 2007 11:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2007

In one day from Phoenix--bad idea!  Sucess!

My highest hike by some 4,500 feet. Left Phoenix at 5 AM with my mother and proceeded straight up the trail. 3 hours to saddle, where my mother had to stop due to the altitude, and another 50 mins to the top. Beautiful views on top, in the 50s, and only a hearty breeze or two. I had a bit of a nasty altitude headache on the way down, but I made the top!

I WILL be back, though I'll be sure to acclimate in Flagstaff next time!


dr_gonz - Sep 4, 2007 3:52 pm

Humphrey's Trail  Sucess!

Didn't get on the mountain until 4pm. Reached the summit late. We camped right now top! =-] great memories climbing with B-Fro.


cackalackyclimber - Sep 4, 2007 1:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 1999

Humphrey's Trail  Sucess!

Climbed Humphrey's after a business trip to PHX and a job interview that would move me to Flagstaff in December 1999. Needless to day I climbed Humphrey's a few more times after I moved there...great mountain!!!


Clodhopper - Sep 3, 2007 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2007

Need Snowshoes  Sucess!

Lots of snow on the trail still. Next time I need snowshoes, lots of needless effort without them. Great hike.


edevart - Aug 27, 2007 11:06 pm

After School Special  Sucess!

A great half day outing on a beautiful mountain. Go in fall and look down into a colorful Inner Basin.


oluskydiver - Aug 25, 2007 1:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2007

what a wind  Sucess!

What a nice hike! I have never been this high before. it was very windy day. North Rim of Grand Canyon was on fire, i dont know if it is still going on, you could see the smoke from Humphrey's Peak, covering very long distance. I feel good going to the top after coming from the city of San Francisco. i wont forget this day. if you are around this beautiful mountain you should not miss this hike.


sistinas - Aug 20, 2007 12:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007

From Snowbowl  Sucess!

Our first successful Humphreys climb - we'd been thwarted twice already. Got to the summit in a bit less than 3 hours to be greeted with steady 40 mph winds with 60 mph gusts and threatening clouds. We got down FAST, and luckily the weather cleared up once we got back to the saddle. This is the first mountain I've climbed where getting down feels like it takes as long as getting up. About five hours r/t.


lasvegaswraith - Aug 17, 2007 7:24 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 1999

Got sugar?  Sucess!

First trip over 10000 (yes, I'm finally signing the log) It was ugly. Didn't hydrate properly or eat properly or, well, do much properly. I gained the summit eventually and gained a lot more in the process (like know-how). Climbed several times since w/o the drama. It's great to have this little slice of tundra and forestry in the middle of the desert.


StarMan - Aug 9, 2007 8:23 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2006

What a view!

great prominence!


stevepack - Aug 2, 2007 12:46 pm

Nice Hike

I hiked up to the saddle on a visit to Flagstaff, didn't get a chance to go back and summit. Nice hike, lots of people that day.


Zandt - Aug 1, 2007 12:10 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

Solid hike  Sucess!

Definitely a worthwhile hike. Upper reaches of the trail are a bit hard to follow in spots, and could be better marked to avoid damage to fragile tundra environment. Stunning view from my sixth state highpoint.

It was a four hour hike to the summit, but I took my time and stopped frequently to take pictures of things, so it's probably an hour or half hour shorter for a focused hiker. Was a bit frustrating comin' down as I'd hoped to descend quickly, but rocky and tree-root-y trail makes for slower descent than average. Six hour hike, round trip.

Oh, and a cute boy leavin' the summit just as I came up. Nice smile. : )


reboyles - Jul 30, 2007 10:48 am

Humphreys  Sucess!

JP and I had to add this to our list of highpoints. Relatively easy hike under near perfect conditions.


jsorber - Jul 22, 2007 11:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

Snow Bowl Route  Sucess!

Great hike up in the early morning. The sky OPENED UP on us on the way down. Hail, Rail, Thunder, and Lightning. Great fun.

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Jul 19, 2007 10:26 pm

HIGH Winds

May 1994. Made it to the ridge and 12089 but were thwarted by the blasting winds that were nearly blowing us up the mountain simply by the sail effect on my tied down cowboy hat. Later we learned of the high wind advisory for the day. Both of us later regretted not pressing on. Very icy trail that day tired us out too.


CookieMonster - Jul 17, 2007 1:59 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2007

From Snowbowl  Sucess!

After being sent to Phoenix for work on Saturday, got up at 4AM Sunday for the drive from PHX (111F, Sat afternoon) to Flagstaff (57F, Sun morning). Was worried about thunder, but still couldn't manage to start earlier than 7:30AM. Forgetting my sunscreen and having to run back to the car did not help. This is a great trail, and the mixed forest reminded me of hiking in the Adirondacks.

Summited at 9:50AM, just as the clouds started to build. The forest service recommends 3 hours for this? Four hours is more reasonable for someone in average shape. I second the comment about the flies (marred my pictures too).

Either the natives know much more about Northern Arizona thunder than me, or they are going for Darwin awards. Passed no less than 30 people going up into the building cloud. I made it back to the car (after stopping to do a few flips in the field), very slightly wet, 2 minutes before the first lightning bolt.

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