Ascent of Humphreys Peak on 2016-10-01

Climber: Anthony Wilkinson

Others in Party:Paul
Date:Saturday, October 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Humphreys Peak
    Elevation:12633 ft / 3850 m

Ascent Trip Report

A friend and I summitted Humphrey's Peak on Saturday, October 1, 2016. It had been rainy most of the week, so we anticipated that the trail would be relatively muddy (the ranger at the trailhead speaking with hikers also indicated we should expect such conditions, as well as ice, potentially). It ended up being mostly dry on the ascent.

The fall colors were beautiful, and cloudy conditions for the majority of our hike kept us cool (temps in the 30s to low 50s) and out of direct sunlight. A breeze/light wind swept across the main ridge as we worked that section of the hike on the ascent, as well as on the descent. A snow/graupel mix began to fall once we were on the summit, and continued until we dropped back down off the main ridge.

We found the trail, though fairly rocky, to be very well maintained and easy to follow. Hiking through the high, moist forests and alpine zone enveloped in a cloud also made it clear that this was not the typical Arizona desert landscape. The trail was beautiful.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3353 ft / 1021 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.6 mi / 15.4 km
    Route:Humphrey's Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Arizona Snow Bowl, lower parking lot  9280 ft / 2828 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes

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