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Ascent of Humphreys Peak on 2017-09-20

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Humphreys Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:12633 ft / 3850 m

Ascent Trip Report

DIRECTIONS
Google takes you right to the ski parking lot

EXPERIENCE
I nabbed this and other AZ CoHPs while on a conference trip to Las Vegas. Everything in AZ is geologically interesting. I look forward to doing more peaks in AZ!

Left the TH at 1530 which was the earliest I could start with my flight into LV and the long drive out; I knew I would be descending in the dark. A large school group was coming down from the trail but not from the summit. There were 3 or 4 other groups descending higher up and I passed one pair of backpackers with enormous packs beginning their training for Denali.

The trail is well-established, well-marked, and (currently) clear of all blowdown. Once on the ridge the wind increased and got progressively stronger until it was sustained 40+mph winds (difficult to walk, couldn't breath without cupping my hands over my mouth or turning away from wind) and gusts of 50+mph (blow you off balance mid-step) rushing up the mountain from the valley floor. It was incredible wind, the strongest I've been in yet! I got to enjoy the summit at the moment of sunset at 1815 and witnessed the triangle shadow to the horizon.

I was booking it since I had a short timeframe to hit other peaks as well so skipped Doyle, Fremont, Agassiz. I descended halfway to the saddle in the twilight where I then discovered corroded batteries and no extras...! With no moon I used the little remaining battery in my phone to descend by flashlight. I rushed as fast as I could on the trail knowing I didn't have much battery life. It finally died just as I reached the edge of the parking lot. Lesson learned!

RATING
1/1 ACCESS - TH at ski area
1/2 REMOTENESS (Popularity, Sight/Sound) - I can imagine this peak being VERY busy on weekends
1/1 CONDITION - wide well-established trail all the way to the summit
2/3 VARIETY (Flora and Fauna, Geological, Terrain) - only two distinct environments (woods and rocky ridge)
2/3 VIEWS - views as far as the eye can see, though underwhelming since it's the only thing to be seen in the area!
TOTAL 7/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

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Shadow to the horizon right at sunset (2017-09-20). Photo by Daniel Mick.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3033 ft / 924 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Route:Humphreys Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Arizona Snow Bowl  9600 ft / 2926 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes



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