Ascent of Humphreys Peak on 2014-06-16
|Others in Party:||Alan Bernier|
|Date:||Monday, June 16, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||12633 ft / 3850 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe first peak of a three week trip. I fly from the UK to Las Vegas the previous day (Sunday), meet Alan Bernier there late evening, we pick up a rental car, buy provisions and drive towards the trailhead, sleeping in the car en route. The journey next morning is interrupted by an I-40 Elk incident resulting in a few hours spent in Flagstaff waiting for a replacement rental car.
The standard (south west) trailhead (N35.33115 W111.71153, 2830m, signboard) is reached by paved road. After a quick repack we hike at 10.30, the temps quite pleasant. Easy switchback trail leading via self-register station N35.33459 W111.70384 to saddle (N35.33550 W111.68200, 3593m) R to Mt Agassiz; we keep L for Humphreys.
There's a strong wind (50mph+) and we meet a number of descending parties who have turned back on the ridge. The trail mostly stays L of the ridge, taking to the ridge for the last half mile, passing a couple of minor false summits. It's hard to stand up at times but quite doable.
The summit (N35.34636 W111.67796, 3847m) is marked with a signpost (12633 feet), a circular shelter cairn and a register. Quite a few folk had made it, including three boys, the youngest 9 years old.
We summit in under 3 hours and after a fairly short rest sheltering from the wind, we head down. 5h05 round trip, 8.4 km each way. We head east towards tomorrow's target Sierra Blanca Peak.
Humphreys Peak photo album
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3348 ft / 1020 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||10.4 mi / 16.8 km|
| Trailhead:||9285 ft / 2830 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear|
| Time:||3 Hours |
| Time:||2 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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