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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2015
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.89 mph
3,313 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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After a 3rd scrubbed Canyon trip due to rain earlier in the week, the forecast for clear blues skies, calm winds and a nice dome of high pressure had me chomping at the bit to get out and hike this. I'd say today had the best views and visibility of the year, so far. A slight inversion on the horizon and some lingering moisture did limit extreme distance, but I could sort of make out the Pine Valley Mountains in SW Utah, and naturally Navajo MT was visible, as were the Paria, Echo, and other cliffs to the north, including those big white ones near Kaibito, out on the Rez. Also, the lower angle of sun made the Little Colorado Gorge stand out, and I noted Cedar Mesa or Mountain, east of Desert View. The Canyon is always enjoyable, even from a distance. The summit and trail were a bit crowded, but on a lovely Saturday, can you blame them? Now, I was no rocket on the way up as the snow was slick, but on the way down I went reasonably fast. Not super, mind you, but way better than the other folk. People really have trouble with the snow.

A surprising amount of snow all the way down to 10,000', and even a good amount on the trail below that. It was a lot of mud and water on the way down below 10k, but still a lot of snow out there. Winter will soon be here. Not sure if I will do this, or the Inner Basin route in November, as there must be a lot of snow on the Weatherford and I would rather wait on deep stuff until I return in the January-February time frame to snowshoe. Plus, I had been planning on the IB route with a hiking friend from Tucson, and I learn this week that he died on 10-3, so I am not sure how I feel about hiking that. He was a great guy and a good hiking friend.
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At the bottom, the last of the aspen are yellow. More near the road a mile down from Snowbowl.
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