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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2014
Jim_H
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.55 mph
3,313 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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I haven't been on Humphrey since August of 2012. It was good to be back. Summit # 85!!!

While the weather was not the ideal I had hoped for, I enjoyed it immensely. It reminded me a lot of my very first summit just over 8 years ago, humid, cloudy with small gaps of sun, and the odd smell of the alpine vegetation that is sort of like cold cream. Color in the aspens has started in the Inner Basin, and parts of the summit trail, thought the avens is near or past peak of red color in many places. Today was the last full day of summer, but the fast moving clouds said fall. If you saw them, you would understand. I leave tomorrow, but a drying trend has begun for the week, so fall is here! Hopefully, I return in less than 2 weeks and weather is warm, sunny, calm and dry.

After the trail, I went off the west ridge to Philomena Spring, which is flowing very well with all the rain, and there is a small stream on a slight ridge a couple of hundred feet below the spring. The sound of running water is so very unusual for the Peaks! I bet this did it last year, but I don't know about drier years. It is obvious that the western slope of the Peaks is not lacking for rain this September, as everything is super wet and the trail still muddy.

After hanging out at the spring for a while, I hiked out and down the Allison Clay but started over to a helmet I found, and despite being above where I normally turned to cross the slope, I went into the trees and crossed up higher,which brought me across the Dutchman a few hundred feet above the end of the 5th switchback. So, I took the trail the rest of the way out.

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In the aspen and the avens.

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Flowing nice and heavy in the collection area, and further downhill there is a stream for a couple of hundred feet. The stream is on top of a slight ridge.
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