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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2013
zukerrach
Hiking15.88 Miles 4,853 AEG
Hiking15.88 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   2.64 mph
4,853 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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After camping along the forest service road just off of the 89, Jared and I woke up early with plans to start around 6. Instead, I realized I had forgotten to pack my shoes, so we had to drive back into town to buy a $20 pair of shoes from Walmart (which actually worked just fine, no complaints)!
Starting from the trailhead in Lockett Meadow, we took the Inner Basin Trail up through some woods, along a dirt road for a while, and then into the pretty meadow region. We stopped to take a quick break here around the 1 hour mark, as we were both feeling a little "drunk" from the altitude! As we were standing up to take off again, another hiker caught up with us. He was wearing a full overnight pack, as he was training for a trip along the Colorado Trail. We chatted with him most of the rest of the way up to the Weatherford Trail, where he stopped for a break.
Jared and I were still feeling relatively good (although stilly pretty "tipsy"!), and the Weatherford Trail was much less steep, so we powered on (along a really gorgeous trail-- this was my favorite part!) until we reached the saddle just north of Agassiz Peak. We stopped for another break here, and the other hiker soon joined us. We chatted a bit more and said our goodbyes, as he was heading back down from this point.
We dipped down (down?? Why?!) to the saddle where our trail joined up with the Humphrey's Summit Trail. From here was the fun (albeit crowded) scramble to the top! We were feeling pretty lucky, as we overheard many hikers commenting on how uncharacteristically great the weather was... and I had planned our hike for this day probably about a month ahead of time! :]
After an early lunch at the summit while taking in the views, we started our long journey back down to the car. Definitely worth the drive! :]
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