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Humphreys Summit Trail #151
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2016
DallinW
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles
3,313 ft AEG
 
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We started around 6:30 AM. The forecast didn't look too promising calling for 60% chance of snow showers before 11 am, then a 60% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon (at the TH). The peaks were hidden behind some clouds and there were snow flurries as we left the parking lot. But as me and my buddy Alex climbed, it turned into an almost "blue bird" day. We passed an older fellow and a couple going up the mountain that we had seen at the parking lot. We believed we were going to be the first ones to summit for the day.

A lot of the snow has melted since my last attempt a couple of weeks ago, but what's left is very icy. That was probably compounded by the fact that we hit it early. Take it easy from 10,500ft to the saddle, or bring some kind of traction device.

Just before the saddle I spotted another hiker. We met him at the saddle and discussed the conditions going forward. It looked like the weather was going to hold for a summit. He went on while we took a quick break.

Above treeline the trail is mostly clear. It felt great to be in the tundra again for the first time this year! :) Mostly clear skies in every direction except right above us and to the north made for some great views. That being said it was extremely frigid with the wind and I had to put on all of my layers (down jacket, shell, gloves, beanie) to keep warm. My lips and nostrils felt frozen by the time I reached the summit. It had to of been in the low to mid 20s excluding wind chill.

We reached the summit where our new friend was waiting, and then snapped some pictures of each other. After socializing for about 10 minutes we noticed the weather was beginning to turn on us as it started to lightly snow, so we booked it back down to the saddle. The light snow had passed just as we reached the saddle and it turned out to be nothing to worry about. I forget how long this hike feels on the descent...
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