If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. This is the route my wife and I chose to do a quick backpacking trip over Labor Day weekend, 2020. At 12,637 feet with a prominence of 6,039 feet, the peak is an impressive site, so it’s no wonder it’s a popular destination for peak baggers and day hikers, as well as sacred to several native tribes. Just spent the Memorial Day weekend at a great campsite just west of Humphrey's Peak in northern Arizona. The trail can be very busy on the weekend but if you get an early start you'll be out in front. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The Hopi call the peaks Nuva’tuk-iya … Humphreys Peak is the eroded remnant of an ancient volcano that was active more than 400,000 years ago. Humphreys Peak lies within 18,960-acre Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area. Haunted Downtown Flagstaff Tour by Segway... Humphrey's Peak Trail - San Francisco Peaks. There's a parking lot before you reach the skilift which is clearly marked, so the round trip hike is closer to 10 miles. It was really fun to explain to passersby what were were doing and they all thought it was pretty amazing. Camping: The best areas to camp are on the road along to the trailhead. Get to the top of Arizona. The parking lot was nearly empty, except for a few lovebirds cuddling after catching the sunset, and a lone car near the trialhead sign with a guy preparing a backpack. A few groups of well-over 30 college students made me realize the trail was going to be a lot crazier than I anticipated. The plan: hit up Mother Road Brewing and waste away the afternoon sipping on IPAs before heading up Snowbowl Road to camp out at higher elevation and … Title says it all. Top out on Arizona’s highest summit after pushing through this physically challenging, but nontechnical 9.4-mile out-and-back route up Humphreys Peak (12,557 feet). Built using WordPress and the Mesmerize Theme, Review – OneTigris Kompound Hammock and Night Protector Under Quilt. It’s amazing. Forest Service page for Humphreys Trail No. The peak’s high elevation and cooler temperature makes it a great place to escape the scorching hot summer months in Arizona. High-pointing each state is a goal for some adventurers, and if you’re interested in doing so in Arizona- Humphrey’s Peak will be your challenge. The full trail is more than 9 miles (There and back) and gains over 3000 feet. The last mile involves climing over a lot of boulders and loose scree - all uphill. At the end of the parking lot, closest to the ski lodge, you will see a sign for the Humphreys Peak Trail. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. By 6 a.m., we realized we couldn’t just lounge around forever, as the trail continued to fill with scores of hikers. An easy hike for peak baggers but a long day for a casual hiker. Since we were in Arizona last week visiting the Grand Canyon, we decided to take on Humphrey's Peak. My husband and I got into state high peaks a few years ago, so evertime we have an opportunity we hike (or drive) to a state high point. Except for the campfire and open flame ban, perfect! Good day hike for summer or winter. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. After a few adjustments with our insulation, we were asleep. Your email address will not be published. General Notes: Rating: Strenuous Bliss! It’s well worth the strenuous hike. Many people will usually take day trips and be able to see both cities in one day. Humphreys Peak Live Webcam & Weather Report in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States - See WorldWide Live Stream and Still Timelapse WebCams by See.Cam Up to the treeline, this is an easy -- though long -- tranquil climb. On the San Francisco Peaks, there is no off-trail hiking to protect the endemic and endangered plant, the San Francisco Peaks Groundsel. Finally, continue down the Humphreys Summit Trail toward Snowbowl for the final 4.1 miles. Making it up and down is certainly something to be proud of, but, despite its stature, the Hump is not the most difficult hike in Arizona. On a clear day you will see Humphrey's Peak on your right/East. I’ve camped on Humphreys before and knew how difficult it was to find a level spot along the steep terrain, so I wished him well, with an off-hand comment about our hammocks. Camping in a luxury cabin near Humphrey`s Peak, Arizona, adds a unique twist to the usual vacation. The highest peak in Arizona, Humphreys Peak, stands 12,635 feet tall and sits just 11 miles north of Flagstaff. It’s just over five miles long to the summit, but it is steep in many areas, and very rocky. We continued until we hit a switchback that avoided a large rock slide. Contrary to others, I encourage you to let your dog off leash. Anyone who complains on this relatively remote trail is just a curmudgeon or a New York tourist. The location is in the Hart Prairie area just off of FR-151 at 8,434 feet elevation. Humphreys trail (the one that takes you to the highest point in Arizona) is 4.5 miles long each way. No messy clean up. To climb the peak, leave Hwy 180 at the well-signed Arizona Snow Bowl turnoff (waypoint ABJ180), a paved ski resort road. Flagstaff makes for an excellent home base if you are planning to spend a day tackling the Humphrey’s Peak trail, or any other Flagstaff hikes. The trailhead is at … It’s the pinnacle. Humphrey’s Peak is the tallest point in the state of Arizona at just over 12,000 feet (3600M). If you plan to summit bring supplies for 5 -7 hours. The trail head for the Humphrey’s Peak hike can be accessed up a winding mountain road just a few minutes outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. It was a perfect spot for hammocks. Sorry, but your pet is not above the rules. we started at 830am and plenty of parking... The trail has a 6 foot leash rule but 5 out 6 dogs I saw were not leashed. 151; To hike this in winter, a free backcountry permit is required; As previously mentioned, lightning strikes are common, especially in the afternoon. Humphrey's Peak: Great campsite west of Humphreys Peak, AZ - See 169 traveler reviews, 149 candid photos, and great deals for Flagstaff, AZ, at Tripadvisor. The night was eerily quiet. Fees: There is no fee to hike Humphreys Peak. Access: From Flagstaff drive north on US 180 for 7 miles to FR 516, the Snowbowl Road. When we got there, we found out that the trailhead no longer starts there. If you are coming from southern Arizona, hop on I-17 for 2.5 hours. Ah, but once you reach the top the views are incredible! The area is peppered with hundreds of cinder cones, but Humphreys Peak dominates the horizon in an otherwise flat expanse across the Colorado Plateau. The first mile of the trail is fairly smooth, with a few switchbacks that tease you into thinking, “this will be an easy hike” as it slowly snakes uphill. I have to admit it's not one of the easiest hikes. LOUD hikers. If you can make it to the summit, which tops out at 12,633 feet, you’ve conquered all there is to conquer — from a hiking perspective, anyway. Re: Camping on Humphreys Peak by lcarreau » Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:41 am Alex Wood wrote: The Flying Dutchmen is a basalt scree field/avalanche chute visible just off the Humphreys Peak … No wind, no crickets, nothing. That is the highest point in the state of Arizona and it’s located at the summit of Humphreys Peak in Flagstaff. Once near the summit, we stopped for a break. The Humphreys Peak Trail begins at a parking lot located immediately before the entrance to the Snow Bowl ski area, and ends at Humphreys Peak. Flagstaff folks tend to walk their dogs off leash most everywhere. No matter which you choose, you'll be able to plan out each day with nary a distraction, surrounded by vast stretches of Arizonan nature landscapes without a single other person in sight. This was the first time I had done the hike in Winter. DIRECTIONS TO HUMPHREYS PEAK: Humphreys Trailhead is located 14.5 miles northwest of downtown Flagstaff, AZ at the San Francisco Peaks. I packed my portable radio and set up an operating position for a SOTA activation. Online it says the trail to the summit is closed due to covid but I’m wondering if anyone has any updated information. The hike is steep and long, but the outstanding views at the summit make it well worth the difficulty. Now, it’s hardly the tallest peak in the continental U.S. (and I can see my Colorado friends rolling their eyes now), but consider what this hike is like for someone living in Phoenix. We scrambled over the talus field, hunting with headlamps until we identified the right spot. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. There was a port-a-potty near the trailhead... Over the treeline, more often than not, it is windy as all heck. We parked nearby and I struck up a conversation. The trail cuts directly across the green/bunny slope of the ski area. Parking: Humphreys Peak has a large parking lot that can fit 30+ cars.As of 2020 there are a handful of porta potties at the TH. Sitting at 12,633 feet above sea level, Humphrey’s is the tallest peak in Arizona, and as expected, one of the most difficult to summit. There was even a wooden bench at the top...how in the world did it get up there??! Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. Humphreys Peak hike is located in Kachina Peaks Wilderness, in the state of Arizona.It is the tallest natural peak in that state, and upon reaching the summit, a 360-degree view of North Arizona is waiting to take your breath away. Groups above treeline are limited to a maximum of 12 people. Your email address will not be published. After soaking in the views from the highest point in Arizona, turn around and hike 1.0 mile back to Humphreys Saddle. When we got to the saddle, it was a party of pedestrians. His backpack was even smaller than my lightweight pack, but he confirmed he too was going to camp up on the mountain and catch the sunrise. Recommended experiences in and around Flagstaff. There are other trailheads around 9k (where you MIGHT be able to camp, but no signs say it's OK). We had no intention of getting up that early, but it was a sign of things to come. To stand on the roof of the state, take a short trip from Flagstaff up to the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. There are multiple trails to the summit, but the most common is the Summit Trial that starts near the parking lot of the SnowBowl ski resort, just a few miles northwest of Flagstaff. There was a port-a-potty near the trailhead... 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