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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2014
rwstorm
Hiking7.38 Miles 2,523 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   1.75 mph
2,523 ft AEG   2 Hrs   29 Mns Break
 
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Sort of a last minute decision to head up to Flagstaff and crash the Take a Hike hike and camp adventure to Humphreys Peak that Charles had set up. I drove up the scenic way (Payson, Happy Jack) Saturday and found Fan's selected campsite along road 151 ahead of the main group. Set up the tent then headed back to Beaver Street to wait for the group to come in for drinks and dinner. I was sitting at the bar sipping on a Lumberyard Red when they walked in. :D

After dinner it was back to camp, where I enjoyed watching some of the others try to figure out how to set up their tents. :) Charles even brought some low budget scary movie for us to enjoy at camp after dark. 8) He used my folding table to support his laptop for the showing.

A contingent of hikers was coming up Sunday morning join us for the hike, so we didnt have to be at the Snow Bowl until 9 o'clock, which meant there was no rush to break down camp. :) I decided to head over a little early and started hiking at about 0830.

Even though I haven't done much hiking lately I thought I would give old Humphreys one more try. I had already decided this was going to be my last time up there, as I wind down my hiking career. I knew there was a good chance I wouldn't make the peak, but what the heck. I figured I would do alright, since it would be cool and my body seems to operate best between 7-11,000 feet. I have more trouble at lower elevations and above about 11,500 (when the thin air become noticeable). But I had forgotten how brutal that trail is up to the saddle. All those steps and gnarly spots played havoc with my knees. My heart rate and lung power was fine, but the legs became pretty fatigued by the time I reached the saddle. The forest hiking in that section is pretty uninspiring as well. But once you hit the saddle and its superb views, all is good again!

I took a long break at the saddle, thinking about whether or not to go on to the peak. Knowing how tough it would be on the knees heading back down, I ultimately decided not to proceed further. I always pay attention to what my body tells me, and it probably was the right call. I sort of wanted to make the peak one last time, since it had been almost 44 years since my first ascent (July 4, 1970)! That was a memorable day, getting caught in a thunderstorm on top complete with hair standing up, mountain humming loudly, static noises in the air, lightning discharges, and hail with a temperature in the 30's! Back then it was an easier hike as we rode the chair lift to Agassiz then hiked over, which of course you can't do these days.

It was while taking my long break at the saddle that this fellow came up and asked if there were any HAZers present. I went over and met Dennis Williams, who was doing the much more ambitious hike from Inner Basin to the peak! That was cool. :)

Took my time heading down, as is my style these days. Stopped at the trail register spot, where the more direct trail from the ski area intersects the official trail. Here I enjoyed the Lumberyard Red (that would have been my summit beer). ;) I had never gone back the ski lodge route, so did that, knowing my tired legs would like the shortcut.

Most of the folks in the group were long gone by the time I made it back to the parking lot, but I noticed Kelly's car was still there, so I waited for her and Charles to return and said my goodbyes. Some of them were getting together at the Lumberyard for more food and drinks, but I was beat and just retreated to my motel room for night (Highland Country Inn) to to unwind and clean up. Once I got sort of back to normal, I headed over to Salsa Brava for some decent Mexican food (their pineapple/habanero salsa was quite good with the carnitas). :D

Monday morning it was out early and a direct drive back to Tucson though Phoenix (with a stop at Carolina's on Cactus Road for a breakfast burro :) ).

I will say that if I change my mind and try to get to the high point of Arizona again, I will do it the way Dennis did. It is longer and more work, but so much more dramatic.
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