I've climbed this mountain many times, and it's always a great hike. It's probably the easiest of all the tall points in the western states. Nevertheless, you need to give it the due respect for any alpine hike. The weather is really unpredictable given how wide open the plateau is near this mountain.
The hike through the forest is just down-right pleasant with the smell of the pine and the soft earth. Once you get past the saddle between Humphreys and Agassiz, the conditions take a dramatic turn. Forest turns into barren volcanic rock, and there are no less than 3 false peaks to drain your resolve. The Arizona sun is twice as deadly up here, and storms occur frequently. The view from the summit is awesome though. On a clear day you can see the Grand Canyon.
Carried my daughter to the top of this one. Lots of loose material, watched nearby forest fires all the way up.
On Saturday, Feb 16th, I made the summit of Arizona's Highest Peak (Humphrey's ... 12,633 ft.) just after noon Mountain Standard Time. It marks my 25th state highpoint and first summit in Arizona.
It was a brisk and sometimes blustery day. In one picture you can see the tail of my hat trailing-out horizontally behind me. Nonetheless, I enjoyed 100 miles views that included much of Northern Arizona, the remnants of an extinct volcanic range and even a sliver of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Snow was light through the trees and only patchy from the saddle to the summit.
Two and half hours to summit. Aspens were totally awsome gold at this time of the year. The rare Bristlecone Pines(Pinus longeava) near the top are a sight. On the Southern side of this mountain trees grow up to 12,200 feet, the highest in the USA.
This is a beuatiful peak. Climbed it twice from the Arizona Snowbowl. want to try other routes
My son Ryan and I had hoped to climb with friends, but they couldn't wait for us and were already gone from the parking lot. We didn't expect snow when we left home, but there had been huge amounts of snow the previous winter, and much remained. Ryan didn't have decent boots for snow, so when he got to it he turned back. He was 14 at the time. I went on to the summit in no great hurry, but never saw my friends. I descended the ski bowl, which I assumed they must have done. By the time I got back to the car it was just after sunset, and Ryan was pretty upset, worried that I might not make it before dark. It was a joyful reunion.
I was in Flagstaff to visit my girlfriend and a day she was busy at school so I decide to climb the Humphreys Peak. Anyway, when you like mountain, it's impossible to not going on because the peak stand before you in Flagstaff and seems to scoff at you. It's a very easy climb during summer. 2 hours walk on trail. Just behind, Mt Agassiz offers a very nice view on Flagstaff but don't worth the 500$ fine you get if you are caught!
I have no clue how many times i hiked this mountain. The first time i attempted it was when i was 9 years old. I did not make it due to altitude sickness. The first time I made it to the top was when i was 13. That same day we hiked mt. Fremont. In the summer i would use it to train for backpacking trips in Colorado. The hardest approach was through Aubineau Canyon. The trail is Easy through the canyon, but the 2,000 foot climb up to the peak was very difficult. The rocks are loose so you slide with every step up.
I picked up my friend John Wang at the Phoenix airport at 12:30am, and we immediately drove north for a couple hours to the Humphreys Peak trailhead. We didn't know what kind of terrain to expect, so we brought crampons and ice-axes, but they turned out to be unnecessary. It was about 4:00am when we finally left the car, hiking across a ski slope and into the woods. There hadn't been much snow near the trailhead, but as soon as we entered the woods it started to really look and feel like winter. At about 11,800 ft, we reached a saddle from which the rest of the route was clearly visible. John was moving pretty slowly at this point, so we discussed our options. I think a combination of general fatigue, altitude, and a lack of sleep was getting to John. He decided to stay at the saddle while I continued to the summit. The ridge to the top was an enjoyable stroll through terrain that seemed completely out of place in Arizona. After a few minutes, I reached the summit, tagged it, and turned around. Our descent was uneventful. We got back to the car before noon.