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Humphreys Peak Saddle
June 24, 2001

Route: Humphreys Trail
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Elevation:

11,870 ft

Vertical Climb:

2590 ft

Distance:

6.5 miles

Who Went:

Paul (solo)

While visiting my father near Phoenix, Arizona for several days, I decided to take a day trip north to Flagstaff to climb Arizona's highest mountain - Humphreys Peak. Flagstaff is a 2-1/2 hour drive north of Phoenix, which is about the same distance as I drive to get to Franconia Notch from home. As I do when I go to the White Mountains, I left early at 5:00 AM. It's an easy drive north on I-10 and I-17 to get there. Along the way, I stopped to take a picture of the sunrise on some mountains along I-17 north of Phoenix.

From Flagstaff, I headed north on US 180. I could see the San Francisco Mountains, a small group of extinct volcanos that loom over Flagstaff. From US 180, I took a paved forest road to the Arizona Snowbowl ski area where the trail began.

I wasn't sure how I'd do on this mountain as the trailhead was already at 9,300 ft and summit at 12,643 ft, and I hadn't had time to acclimate. But I was determined to go as far as I could, hopefully all the way to the summit, so I started up the trail, passing the signs for the Coconino National Forest and the Humphreys Trail. The temperature was around 65 degrees when I started out, a far cry from the 100+ temperatures in the Phoenix area.

Purple mountains majesty. While driving to Flagstaff, I stopped to take a picture of the sunrise on these mountains between Phoenix and Camp Verde along I-17.

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The San Francisco Mountains from US 180 just north of Flagstaff. Humphreys Peak is on the left. The peak on the right is Agassiz.

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Coconino National Forest sign near the start of the Humphreys Trail in the lower parking lot of the Arizona Snowbowl.

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Humphreys Trailhead. The trail begins at the edge of a large flower-covered meadow next to the parking lot.

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