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Humphreys Peak Professional Review and Guide
"As the highest summit in the state, Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet) is more reminiscent of Colorado than Arizona. Reaching above timberline, the tallest of the San Francisco Peaks features the only true alpine environment in Arizona. Needless to say, the views from the top are awesome. Because it stands virtually alone (nearby Agassiz and Fremont peaks excepted), Humphreys offers hikers a real “top of the world” feeling."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
All of the guides are wrong on the mileage. The sign at the trailhead says 4.8 (meaning 9.6 miles RT, not the 9 claimed in various guide reports). I have done this hike 3 times and never once has my GPS recorded less than 10 miles. The average distance by my GPS is 10.2 miles. So be aware, this is a 3200 foot climb over at least 10 miles.
a moderately difficult hike, but a non-technical walk up. the trail is in good condition and easy to follow. Good views of the flagstaff area.
This trail is pretty strenuous. We did the whole thing in six hours and I am not sure how long it took to get to the top. Part of it was because of the masses of boy scouts on the trail that particular day. Otherwise, there's not normally a lot of people on the trail. Its a tough hike but the reward once you get to the top is worth it! Make sure you drink a lot of water on the way up because it helps with the altitude.
We set out from trail head at 6:30am and it took 4hrs to arrive at the Peak, mainly due to flatlanders disease. Being as our home town is at 75ft and we drove 20hours to the trailhead slept 7hours then set out on the trail. The trails are well kept and well marked. The trail description was very accurate. We did see some patchy snow, a big treat for us from deep South Texas hikers.
Very enjoyable day spent hiking.
Beautiful trail! Great views of Flagstaff, Snow Bowl and surrounding areas. Snowed the evening before we hiked so duration of hike was longer than expected. Also, we were grateful to have had others hike before us earlier that morning - without their footprints we might never have been able to follow parts of the trail. No markings except at start and at the saddle; once you get past first mile or so, trail is obvious as it is narrow and traverses side of ridge. Well worth the trip! Leave early for good views at the top.
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