Hike of the Day: Humphreys Peak near Flagstaff

This popular 10.6-mile hike begins gently in aspen groves, then crescendoes with a climb up Arizona's tallest peak.
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This popular 10.6-mile hike begins gently in aspen groves, then crescendoes with a climb up Arizona's tallest peak.

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. Check out more route details provided by map contributor Bob Wold at backpacker.com/hikes/42319.

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Kris Wagner, map editor