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Humphreys Summit Trail #151
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Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking Jun 19 2010
John9L
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.64 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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AndreyP
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Three of us left Phoenix and made the trip up to Flagstaff on Saturday. This was my first time on Humphreys and the altitude made hiking a lot more difficult. I felt myself short on oxygen for the entire hike! I often had to stop myself to catch my breath.

We made our way to the saddle and stopped for lunch. The wind really picked up this point. After a rest, we started making our way to the top. I would estimate it at 1.3 miles. Right from the start, the going is very rocky and windy! We slowly worked our way up and like the description says...false summits keep showing up. You think your close and then you finally see the top and it looks miles away! At this point the wind is still picking up and its loose rock all the way. We slowly proceeded towards the top. As we were getting close, some people on the way down warned us about the wind near the top "It only gets worse"! And they were right. The last section felt like hurricane winds. Plus the rock is loose so I was all over the place with each step. We got to the top and were able to wedge ourselves against one of the rock walls. This kept the wind off you. It was very chilly up there. We took some pics and ate some snacks and then headed down.

Heading down was slow going. The wind and loose rock made it very challenging! I was glad to finally get back to the saddle. We continued on and made our way down the lower portion of the trail. This section has little to no wind and was fast going. It felt very rewarding when we reached the cars. We looked back at the peak and really felt proud of the accomplishment. Humphreys is a very challenging and rewarding hike! It is a must do for any avid hiker!

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