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Mt Humphreys: Humphreys Trail

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Strenuous hike to the highest point in Arizona, spectacular 360 degree views
Near:Flagstaff, AZ
Distance:8.25 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:3272 ft
Hike Time:5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Humphreys trail takes you to the summit of Mount Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona, at 12,633 feet.

The trail starts out in a nice flat meadow, but quickly gains elevation as it ascends in a series of long switchbacks. After about 3 miles, the trail reaches a saddle at 11,800 feet. This saddle connects Humphreys Peak with Agassiz Peak to the south. From the saddle, the Humphreys Trail continues north for another mile as it passes several false summits. The trail follows the rocky treeless ridge to the main summit. The final mile to the to the summit should not be attempted if thunderstorms threaten. Mount Humphreys is the highest point for hundreds of miles around and a large portion of Arizona is visible from the summit. As you stand on the summit you will gain a real sense of standing on top of the world.

Hikers are required to stay on the trail above 11,400 feet due to fragile nature of this alpine environment.

Trailhead: Drive 7 miles north of Flagstaff, on US Highway 180, to Forest Road 516. Turn right and follow this paved road 7.4 miles to the Snow Bowl Ski Area lodge. The trailhead begins at north end of the parking lot just below the lodge, you should see a sign. (Lat:35.33047 Lon:-111.70978)
Trail Guides for Mt Humphreys: Humphreys Trail:
Hiking Arizona
by Bruce Grubbs and Stewart Aitchision  (The Globe Pequot Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Rob Brinkerhoff, who has posted  33 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 10   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Udi on 9/25/2016
My 1st time up there this morning. Excellent hike! & super workout, but try to avoid hiking there on Saturday as the trail is extremely busy

Reviewed by AJV on 8/15/2016
What a nice hike! I read a lot of other people commenting on how difficult this hike was and not to underestimate it. I am in decent shape so usually take those warnings with a grain of salt. The trail isn't super technical but there are lots of roots and larger rocks with most footsteps taken which adds to the workout. Coming from Phoenix, the elevation sure did its number on me but I could still see this being a good challenge if you were acclimated. Took about 4.5 hours moving at a good pace with minimal breaks.

Reviewed by Mark Hicks on 4/9/2015
I hiked this two years ago in the middle of winter, this hike was way hard mostly due to my poor planning. We started hiking from snowbowl and it was so tough treading through snow. The higher we got and the deeper the snow got. We completely went off trail as well and found a crashed airplane on the mountain. Once we were at the top it was worth it. The view in winter is worth all the pain. I would do it again, but i recommend staying on the trail to the top. This is the hardest hike I have ever and I would do it all over again.

Reviewed by DW on 8/17/2014
Great hike my 17 year old son and I hiked it the last week in July. The trail is a little difficult to follow once you are close to the top but they do have markers. Took us about 6.5 hours round trip would definitely do it again.

Reviewed by SSS on 6/9/2014
Totally underestimated the difficulty of this hike. We are fit and in our mid 30's. It took us 7.5 hours round trip to summit and get back to our car! The begginning of the hike is beautiful through the forrest and the views are amazing once you reach the saddle. However the last stretch of false summits and shale, make it a tough final push to the top, to be greeted by a swarm of nats. I suggest bringing more water than usual, we sucked down two Camelbacks and one sig between two of us. Great hike but probably will be the first and last time we hike it.

Reviewed by Rob on 5/30/2013
We are known as the Four the Road Family. We biked across the Country (Florida to California). While in the area visiting the Grand Canyon we decided to knock out Mt. Humphreys. Truthfully, it about knocked us out. The wind was blowing a steady 30-35 mph. Myself, my wife, our 15 year old daughter, our 8 year old son took just over 8 hours to complete the hike. I had to carry my son to the summit not too far past the saddle. I barely made it. The hike is strenuous, but worth it if you want a serious challenge. Be careful as it isn't too hard to get off the trail in a couple of different spots. The view was the best I've seen. I've hiked Mt. Elbert in Colorado and these views were better. Don't take the hike for granted. Tough up and

Reviewed by Jeff on 5/3/2013
Climbed Humphreys today with my wife. There is quite a bit of snow on the trail but its all doable. It took us about 8 hours including a one hour lunch break on the peak. We enjoyed the signs that Lenny made for the summit. Thank you Lenny! :-)

Reviewed by Sam on 11/20/2012
Snow on much of the trail. Well worn and easy to follow all the way. Snow is not deep, but the ice underneath it or on top can be problematic. Recommend light crampons. Beautiful hike. Still no issues getting to summit.

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