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Humphreys Peak - Arizona Highpoint Professional Review and Guide
"Highpoint rank by height: 12th. This hike starts from the Snow Bowl Ski area. Non-hikers may enjoy taking the "Scenic Skyride" on the Agassiz chair lift up to 11,500 feet (3,505 m). Humphreys Peak is the highest peak of several points that form the rim of a giant extinct volcano, known as the San Francisco Peaks. To the Navajo, of the nearby Four Corners area, it is the Holy Mountain of the West, legendarily made of sand and abalone."
--Charlie & Diane Winger, Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
Large sections of hard, packed snow below treeline when I visited in November. Views above treeline and at the peak are breathtaking. I recommend this trail.
For anyone who is in good shape, this is one of the easier state high points above 10K ft. However, it is also very popular so don't expect any solitude. The views from the top are pretty neat. In the fall, you look down upon the Inner Basin and see a lot of fall color. Weather can be very unpredictable since there is nothing else close with any sort of elevation--be prepared for possible snow any time of the year. Finally, the mileage is wrong in every guidebook. The sign at the start of the trail says 4.8 miles to the summit although my GPS reported about 5.2 miles. Be prepared for about a 10 mile roundtrip hike.
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