Ascent of Humphreys Peak on 2016-10-29

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Humphreys Peak
    Elevation:12633 ft / 3850 m

Ascent Trip Report

i followed the maintained trail up, passing many parties, and passed by a couple trail runners. the maintained trail is an easy 13% grade for the first ~3mi then ramps up to ~20% grade for the finish. you don't break out above the tree line until that last ~mile or so: views are limited until that point.

the weather wasn't all that great, clouds would roll over the summit every few minutes. but in between the clouds i was treated to the generally great views at this summit. the wind discouraged me from eating my lunch at the summit, and instead i choose to return along the crest to the relative shelter of the saddle before snacking.

it's a shame agassiz is off-limits. it looks like a great climb. the side which is visible from the humphreys trail has wonderful copper, orange, and lime green colourings. hiking it in the winter when there's snow cover (and legal) would seem to lose some of this beauty. some day perhaps i'll return for that though.

on the way down, just as i was getting bored of the maintained trail i spotted a use trail heading relatively straight down. this would take me through the ski hills, and generally provide me with much better views, and a much more satisfying -20% grade to finish it up. the shortcut shaved ~0.8 mi from the downhill.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3363 ft / 1025 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3363 ft / 1025 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.4 km
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3363 ft / 1025 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:humphreys trail
    Start Trailhead:snowbowl day use area  9270 ft / 2825 m
    Time:3 Hours 23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3363 ft / 1025 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.5 km
    Route:humphreys trail + XC through ski hill
    End Trailhead:snowbowl day use area  9270 ft / 2825 m
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: humphreys

Complete Trip Sequence:
1San Francisco Mountain2016-10-29 a 
2Humphreys Peak2016-10-29 b3363 ft / 1025 m
Total Trip Gain: 3363 ft / 1025 m    Total Trip Loss: 3363 ft / 1025 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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