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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2014
ddgrunning
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles
3,313 ft AEG
 
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Another training hike for Whitney with my son. Decided to bring (most of) the rest of the family along. Left the valley at 5 am and had boots on the trail by 8:15. It was a beautiful day for hiking in the peaks. The trail is essentially clear of any remaining snow other than a small 30-40 ft. patch that we traversed right at the final summit.

As usual, the wind kicked in at the saddle and was fairly consistent all the way to the summit, though every once in a while, there would be a break in the wind or alternatively, a powerful gust (the latter being particularly so right below the summit). The wind was actually welcome at the summit, as it kept the gnats at bay, and the temps were quite comfortable behind the wind barriers.

I spent more time on the top that I ever had previously, and did a little exploring on the north side of the summit. I really enjoyed those views down into Abineau canyon, etc.

I was surprised at how well my youngest daughter (10) did. She was a trooper. Other than being a little freaked out by the wind gusts and slippery snow patch near the summit, she was one kick-butt hiker! As a family, we have now done the Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop, the Inner Basin, and the Humphreys summit trail.

The altitude affected my son a bit more, though he powered through it. It's tough on the system to gain 11,400 ft of elevation (from Phx to the summit) in just a few hours .... We'll be back in Flag for more training in a couple of weeks to see if we need to adjust our Whitney expectations, based on altitude effects ...

Enjoyed meeting wallyfrack, The Eagle, and Tortoise Hiker along the trail, as they were descending from the summit en route to complete the Humphreys-Weatherford-Kachina loop.

On the flip side, I had an experience on the descent that I hope not to repeat anytime soon. As I was hiking down with a couple of my kids, we leap-frogged back and forth with a couple of women, as each of us would take breaks. Well, with about 3/4 of a mile left on the return trip, the two women were in front of us, and one of them pulled off the side of the trail about 10 feet or so, and promptly dropped her drawers and invited the rest of us trail-goers to participate in the view! :o I suppose I could understand if it were a real emergency, but she didn't seem to be in any distress and in fact carried on a casual conversation with her hiking buddy while doing her business. Talk about TMI! :yuck: C'mon people, have some deceny--particularly when there are kids on the trail!

Thankfully, the Peaks are way too impressive to let that disturbing jolt of exhibitionism ruin the trip.
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