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.