Ascent of Humphreys Peak on 2014-06-16

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Monday, June 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Humphreys Peak
    Elevation:12633 ft / 3850 m

Ascent Trip Report

The 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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