SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.
CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH FULL SCREEN MAP

Flagstaff, AZ: Humphreys Peak

AZ

Star Star Star Star Star

Distance: 5.3 miles


This popular 10.6-mile hike begins gently in aspen groves, then crescendos with a climb up Arizona's tallest peak.
  • Trailhead
  • Up the slopes
  • Through the woods
  • Wildflower
  • Views from false summit
  • Another fake summit
  • Approaching the saddle
  • Crossing treeline
  • Fork in the trail
  • Loose tundra sign
  • First views
  • Summit views
  • More summit views

While Humphreys is considered the easiest of the western high points—it's only 10 miles from the latte bars in downtown Flagstaff—the long-extinct volcano has a volatile personality. Snow is common; afternoon thunderstorms are notoriously violent; and fierce winds along the mile-long summit ridge have forced many a hiker to scramble up on all fours.

From the north end of the first parking lot for the Arizona Snowbowl off AZ 180, it's 3.5 miles up to the 11,800-foot saddle between Humphreys and Agassiz Peak, the second highest in Arizona. When the snow is deep, beware of the huge overhanging cornice as you trace the undulating ridge to the first of three false summits. From the real one, the north rim of the Grand Canyon is often visible, 80 miles away.

-Mapped by Bob Wold

Post a comment

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:




Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions