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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Humphreys Summit Trail 09/18/10


Mt Humphreys Peak
Kachina Peaks Wilderness
Flagstaff, Arizona
Mileage 10.25
Time 5:03
AEG 3349ft

On a picture perfect day in Flagstaff, Emily and I drove up to Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort with the intention of hiking the summit trail to the state high point atop of Mt Humphreys at 12,633ft. We began our day among several others looking to hike the mountain on this gorgeous September morning.

After three hours of steady climbing we passed through dense forest, then onward above the sub-alpine area, past the treeline and into the only alpine zone in the state. We hiked the final mile past a few false summits and just before noon we reached the peak. The sky was completely clear, not a cloud to be seen, which gave us a panoramic view of the entire surrounding high country.

Finishing the hike around 3:00pm, we had enough time to catch a lift on the SkyRide and took a 30 minute scenic ride up to the overlook at 11,500ft. This was such a relaxing way to finish off a great day of hiking the mountain.