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Philomena Spring - Humphreys Loop, AZ
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Philomena Spring - Humphreys Loop, AZ 
Philomena Spring - Humphreys Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking11.46 Miles 4,076 AEG
Hiking11.46 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   1.82 mph
4,076 ft AEG   1 Hour   53 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
My turn to pick and this ones been on our Radar for awhile.

We got to the Snowbowl Trailhead around 7am and were shocked to see the lot almost filled. Escaping the valley heat I guess. The Lemmings were lined up to climb the Humphreys Summit trail. We had plans to get to the top, but choose a different route.

We got on the pleasant and gentle grade of the Aspen Nature Loop and AZT# 34, taking them over to our off trail turn by the "No Snowmobile" sign. We followed the clearing and occasionally an obscure two track, to the end and started climbing the ridge.

I was surprised to find a cairned route that led directly to the spring. Careful though, there seem to be multiple cairned routes. These days it seems that the Elk are keeping the Trail going. It was freshly worn in most spots for us. we followed it until we found the pipe and then decide to follow it to find the spring.

On the edge of the woods, with views of Humphreys, we got to an area where there was a wooden container for storing water below the spring. This was 4' in diameter and about 6' tall and banded together.

We continued up hill .2 mile to the end of the pipe to what we thought was the spring, only to determine while we took a break there, that this was a catchment area. The actual spring can be found by following depression trough like area, NE 100' through the rocks. The water can be heard and if you check down between the rocks, < a gallon per minute flow can be seen.

Please note that this spring location is .3 mile SSE from the location on the Topo maps.

From here we made a direct assault to the Humphreys peak, 1/3 mile straight up hill. (OK, it was only 1,100 feet up, but it was loose boulders, and with the thin air, took some effort.

At 12,633', atop of Arizona, the view was Awesome as always. Thunder crackled, there was lightning in the area and the gnats were ridiculous, so we retreated down the actual trail. We did get rained on for a bit which actually felt real good.

Here's a short video, including the spring flow at Philomena Spring = :next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGsFkEN ... YRrjYvcHUA
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Philomena Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Clear flowing water could be seen and heard between the boulders. You could get to it to filter or collect
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