Climbed it when I lived in AZ back in late 90's.
Met a dude from Flagstaff right before I started out, and he asked to hike with me, so I said sure. He climbed the mountain many times before. There was still a bit of snow left for June. It really was a perfect day. No wind, it wasn't cold, clear skies, not crowded, and snow for scenery. I really liked this mountain. Flagstaff is a nice mountain town. I'm glad I went.
first time that high. being a flatlander, i spent the previous night in Flag at 7k feet. didn't help. locals were drifting by me like i was carrying a lead ball. wicked windy on the ridge, but not impossible. still some snow drifts on the Humphrey's trail in spots, but no problem, and melting quickly. all in all, awesome.
Have hiked up several times in summer season. This one time, my family noticed that there were edible mushrooms - EVERYWHERE! I think they were shitakes, but can't quite remember. Luckily we had lots of plastic bags. Took home over 100lbs worth.
Spent the craziest night on the top. Broke two tent poles. Wild storm that out did anything on Denali.
Since my truck was in the shop in Flag andI couldn't work I decided to climb the peak. As I approached the summit a guy heading down said "watchout you don't get blown off the top" I thought he was joking til I was less than a hundred feet from the summit. I dropped to the ground, tightened all the straps on my pack and zipped up my jacket then crawled to the summit. From behind the rock wind break I would grip my camera tightly, take a shot then duck back down. Could see all the way to the canyon so was a good summit day.
I forget the exact date. Solo.
DAY TRIP FROM LAS VEGAS WITH LUBA, NICK N MEETING JACK BEARD OF LAKESIDE, MT, IN FLAGSTAFF
Very nice day and the winds were gusty but easily tolerated. This was my first time above 10,000 ft and humbled by the difference. A puff of smoke in the morning about 30 miles to the south became a blanket of smoke covering 180 degress of the view by the afternoon. Interesting day and a great hike.
I was employed at Grand Canyon NP. While there, somebody
informed me how Humphreys was often raked by the wind.
I checked the weather, and finally went for it. It was a
beautiful day, really fun looking down on Inner Basin to
the east. I remember meeting two people & a dog at the windy summit. This is the top of Arizona!
Route finding was a bit difficult after the substantial avalanche a few months earlier. We made it, but it took us quite a while. After the ordeal of getting to the top, we spotted dogs and a man sporting sandals and a hawaiian shirt. Did we miss a sign?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Didn't get on the mountain until 4pm. Reached the summit late. We camped right now top! =-] great memories climbing with B-Fro.
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!!!
Lots of snow on the trail still. Next time I need snowshoes, lots of needless effort without them. Great hike.