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Humphreys B-24 Crash Site & up to Saddle, AZ
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Humphreys B-24 Crash Site & up to Saddle, AZ 
Humphreys B-24 Crash Site & up to Saddle, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2015
Hiking8.79 Miles 2,901 AEG
Hiking8.79 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   1.62 mph
2,901 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
1st trip
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Finally took a full day for a big hike. Had been up to Humphreys Summit in June, wanted to return for a visit to B-24 Bomber Crash Site. Had read on here that can be difficult to find but using HAZ got me to debris field - first sighting was a wing section at bottom of rock slide so contrary to HAZ route crossed the slide area and then followed the debris field up the rock slide to the HAZ route. There is a very nice monument near top area, just below end of HAZ route - a landing gear strut serving as a flag pole, stabilized with a piece of aircraft skin. Very nice. Had not seen pics of that anywhere online, wonder if built recently. I paused at attention for a minute of reflection then took some pics - all in a photoset. Explored for a while.

Got off trail on way back and came out in ravine below Humphreys Trail. Once back on it decided to continue up to saddle. Made terrible time, guess my legs took revenge for all the rock scrambling on slides to/from crash site. Cold up at saddle, especially in my Tshirt and shorts. Of course I had extra cover in Camelbak, but I enjoyed the cool air for a nice change. Hung out for half hour.

ETA - snow down to about 10,000 looking over at north faces, some along trail starting at 11,000.
ETA2 - included some pics in photoset of fall colors along SnowBowl Road
Airplane Wreckage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
nice fall colors on drive up to SnowBowl, especially nice viewed from above
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