Humphreys - Kachina Loop

Flagstaff, Arizona 86001

Humphreys - Kachina Loop

Humphreys - Kachina Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This is a long but spectacular hike through rugged, alpine terrain on San Francisco Mountain in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.

You can do a shorter, easier hike on this trail system by starting at the Kachina Trailhead and hiking the last 2.7 miles of this loop in reverse, turning around at Freidlein Prairie. This option is a delightful walk through beautiful forest, with an elevation change of 400 feet."

More Humphreys - Kachina Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"This popular hike takes you to the highest summit in Arizona, which is in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. On a clear day, the views are incredible. Note that cross-country hiking is prohibited by the U.S. Forest Service above 11,400 feet in the San Francisco Peaks.

The climate in this Arctic life zone is similar to that in the far northern regions of Canada and Alaska. Low stone walls mark the summit. A large portion of northern Arizona is visible from this lofty perch. If the air is clear, you can see Utah’s 10,300-foot Navajo Mountain to the north-northeast, and the 11,400-foot White Mountains in east central Arizona near the New Mexico border. The Mogollon Rim and some of its canyons can be seen to the south, as well as the rugged mountain ranges of central Arizona."

Humphreys - Kachina Loop Reviews

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This trail was a little easier than I anticipated. Be sure to check the weather before you leave. There was a 15% chance of thunderstorms the day we went and we didn't think anything of it until a storm developed around us while we were at the top. VERY SCARY. Couldn't come down for an hour and a half. Great view before the storm though.
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On this trail the views are just awesome, hiking from lockett meadow to the top of arizona is awesome. I did this hike in january 2005 and there was 10+ feet of snow. For this time of year you will need snow shoes and treking pole with baskets on the bottom of them. Make sure you know what the fluff factor is when getting the snow shoes, the is the type of snow and other things that are involved when keeping you on top. For beginning alpinists this is a great start. This was my first peak in 98. before you can do this in the winter make sure that you get a backcountry pass from the peaks ranger distict. You hav eto have a probe, avalanche beacon and a small shovel. Avalanches still happen in these areas. For a good pplace to camp stay at the doyle saddle, and then the next day take the 2.4 mile hike to the summit following the right path depending on the day and type of snow. This last year we got into a small avalanche and it knocked me over. Dont go if there has been more than a foot of snow in the past two days followed with high winds. Overall this was a great trail for beginners, if you have any qustions or trails you would recommend email me at

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
11 hours
Best summer through fall
9,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,000 feet
Top Elevation
Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Humphreys Peak; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps