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.
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.
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.
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.