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Humphreys B-24 Bomber Crash Site, AZ
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In the early morning hours of September 15, 1944, a U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Bomber on a night training mission crashed into the San Francisco Peaks, killing all eight crewmen. This memorial is dedicated to those young American Airmen.


The Bomber still sits on the slopes of Humphreys Peak. From the Humphreys Trail Parking lot if you look up the mountain you will see a rock flow and just above that, there is a small rocky clearing in the trees at about 11,000 feet. This is where they crashed, right in this clearing. From the Parking lot you can look up there and see the sun glimmering off of the pieces of the plane.

Many have sought out this wreckage and have failed to find it. Looking for it is almost like finding a pin in a haystack, but it's not impossible to find. Here is a description to find it, but you must keep your eyes open, as with directions it's still hard to find. To find it, take the Humphreys trail about 7 switchbacks up. Once you get to the rock field cross over it and take it till it ends. From here it's not real clear how to find it. You want to keep heading up the mountain while heading north. If you go to far north, not north enough or angle too steep you will miss it. Keep your eyes open for the propellers of the plane. Once you find pieces of it head straight up and you will enter a clearing in the trees and there it is. This site is breathtaking seeing how the plane tumbled up the mountain. It created gashes in the mountain changing the landscape of the mountainside.
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,320 feet
Elevation Gain 2,076 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,147 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.94
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Author MtnGeek
Descriptions 9
Routes 0
Photos 118
Trips 72 map ( 489 miles )
Age 40
Location Denver, CO
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Forest Coconino
Wilderness Kachina Peaks
Backpack   No
Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:16am - 7:32pm
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an impressive crash site
by MtnGeek

In the early morning hours of September 15, 1944, a U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Bomber on a night training mission crashed into the San Francisco Peaks, killing all eight crewmen. This memorial is dedicated to those young American Airmen.


The Bomber still sits on the slopes of Humphreys Peak. From the Humphreys Trail Parking lot if you look up the mountain you will see a rock flow and just above that, there is a small rocky clearing in the trees at about 11,000 feet. This is where they crashed, right in this clearing. From the Parking lot you can look up there and see the sun glimmering off of the pieces of the plane.

Many have sought out this wreckage and have failed to find it. Looking for it is almost like finding a pin in a haystack, but it's not impossible to find. Here is a description to find it, but you must keep your eyes open, as with directions it's still hard to find. To find it, take the Humphreys trail about 7 switchbacks up. Once you get to the rock field cross over it and take it till it ends. From here it's not real clear how to find it. You want to keep heading up the mountain while heading north. If you go to far north, not north enough or angle too steep you will miss it. Keep your eyes open for the propellers of the plane. Once you find pieces of it head straight up and you will enter a clearing in the trees and there it is. This site is breathtaking seeing how the plane tumbled up the mountain. It created gashes in the mountain changing the landscape of the mountainside.
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    To Humphries Trailhead
    From Flagstaff follow Highway 180 West 7 miles to FR516. Turn right onto FR516 (N. Snowbowl Dr) and follow 6.2 miles to the first large signed parking lot on the left.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 164 mi - about 2 hours 41 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 269 mi - about 4 hours 9 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 16.0 mi - about 31 mins
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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