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:
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
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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.
Reviewed by lenny on 9/1/2012
Me and buddy went up 3 weeks ago and there was no summit sign or anything pretty disappointed so last week what I did was made some signs that were as authenticate as I could hope u future hikers enjoy the signs. Make sure to post on wall..
Reviewed by BH on 9/1/2012
I also called, the trail is open.
Reviewed by Viewer on 8/28/2012
8/28/12 Humphreys peak is not closed. just confirmed with the ranger's district.
Reviewed by Ron on 8/19/2012
Trail Closed notice. 8/17/2012 The trail from the top of the snow bowl lift to Mt Humphreys Peak is closed (indefinitely) to all hiking due to endangered wildflower.
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