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Humphreys Shuttle - Lockett Meadow to Snowbowl, AZ

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Difficulty 4.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Shuttle 12.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,615 feet
Elevation Gain 4,022 feet
Avg Time Hiking 7-9 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 25.7
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Preferred   Jul, Jun, Aug, Sep → Early
Seasons   Early Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  7:05am - 5:19pm
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Sugarloaf Mtn - Flagstaff
Sugarloaf Mtn - Flagstaff
0.3 mi away
1.8 mi
742 ft
Abineau Peak
Abineau Peak
0.4 mi away
13.5 mi
3,935 ft
Doyle Peak
0.4 mi away
Humphreys via Inner Basin
Humphreys via Inner Basin
0.4 mi away
15.8 mi
4,400 ft
Inner Basin Cirque Hike
Inner Basin Cirque Hike
0.4 mi away
9.0 mi
2,900 ft
Inner Basin to Doyle Peak
Inner Basin to Doyle Peak
0.4 mi away
10.5 mi
3,050 ft
Inner Basin Trail #29
Inner Basin Trail #29
0.4 mi away
4.3 mi
2,460 ft
Rees Peak
Rees Peak
0.4 mi away
Snowslide Spring via Inner Basin
Snowslide Spring via Inner Basin
0.4 mi away
8.0 mi
2,430 ft
Bear Jaw Trail #26
3.1 mi away
2.3 mi
1,198 ft
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by VVebb

Overview: This is a shuttle hike of Humphreys Peak which combines two other hikes: The Humphreys Summit hike and the Humphreys via Inner Basin hike. See those descriptions for additional details.


I recommend this hike if, for one reason or another, you think you might only get one chance to hike Humphreys Peak in your life -- the east and west sides of the Peaks offer unique views, and this shuttle hike gives you plenty of time to see and enjoy both sides.

Planning: This hike can be completed in either direction. When deciding which direction to do it, consider the following:

- Starting at Lockett Meadow will result in a larger, but more gradual, elevation gain.

- From Lockett Meadow will result in more sun exposure throughout the day, since you'll be starting on the same side as the sunrise and finishing on the same side as the sunset.

- The Snowbowl side of the mountain is more heavily traveled and likely has better cell reception, so if you think you might end up finishing your hike in the dark or otherwise getting into trouble, it might be better to start at Lockett Meadow and end at Snowbowl so you finish your hike on the safer side of the mountain.

- It's going to take a while to drop off and pick up your shuttle vehicles, so be sure to think about precisely when and how you're going to accomplish this -- The most direct way might be to take Schultz Pass Road around the south edge of the mountain, but you might prefer to spend less time on dirt roads and just drive through Flagstaff.


Warning: This area can get hit pretty hard with rain and hail during the monsoon (July-August), especially during the mid-afternoon, so rain gear is always a good idea at that time of year.

Another warning to keep in mind is that during May and June following wet winters, there might still be sizable patches of snow remaining along this trail, especially on the east slope of Agassiz Peak. This can make for a treacherous span of several hundred yards of trail if you don't have good boots and trekking poles.

Hike: From the Lockett Meadow Campground, hike along the Inner Basin Trail for 3.7 miles until it ends at the Weatherford Trail. Turn right and hike 2.45 miles to Humphreys Saddle, where the Weatherford Trail ends at the Humphreys Summit Trail. Then, follow the Humphreys Summit Trail for 1.0 miles to Humphreys Peak. After soaking in the views from the highest point in Arizona, turn around and hike 1.0 miles back to Humphreys Saddle. Finally, continue down the Humphreys Summit Trail toward Snowbowl for the final 4.1 miles.

VVebb
  • FR22 Car Camping
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    FR22 Car Camping
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Directions to Humphreys Trailhead (Snowbowl): From Flagstaff, follow Highway 180 West for 7 miles to FR 516. Turn right onto FR 516 (N. Snowbowl Dr.) and follow for 6.2 miles to the first large signed parking lot on the left.

Directions to Inner Basin Trailhead (Lockett Meadow Campground): From Flagstaff, take US 89 north to Sunset Crater Rd. Do not turn on Sunset Crater Rd. Turn left instead of Right. Turning left will take you on the forest service roads. There will be a sign on your left telling you different destinations and an arrow. Go straight until you reach a 'T'. Turn right (north). This road will turn west. Turn north when you come to a road with a sign that points to Locket Meadow. Follow this road all the way down, 6 miles I think into Locket Meadow. Once in Locket Meadow turn right and keep driving until you see a parking place for hikers near the outhouse. Parking is on the left, the trail is on the right. A gate blocks the entrance for vehicles.
page created by VVebb on Mar 08 2010 3:30 pm
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