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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking10.93 Miles 3,507 AEG
Hiking10.93 Miles   8 Hrs   57 Mns   1.55 mph
3,507 ft AEG   1 Hour   53 Mns Break
 
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Celina asked me a while ago if I thought she could hike Humphreys, and if so, if I would take her there. I told her yes, and recruited Daniela to join us too. Up until yesterday, all of Celina's hikes have been on SoMO, with a couple each in the McDowells, Supes, and Picketpost, so this was all new territory for her. When we got to the parking lot, she exclaimed "Hey, this is where I go skiing!" I explained that this is also how we hike Humphreys the "easy way", and we got started.

Cold to start, but the trees blocked the wind. we made our way slowly uphill, and as the views opened up the higher we got, Celina got more and more excited. By the time we got to the saddle, it was windy, and we took a break behind some rocks. As we headed up the last mile, it got colder and windier. All the trees above about 11,500' were coated in ice, and after the trees gave way, the rocks alongside the trail were coated. It was all quite pretty, and the wind was blowing the ice all around making it sound like broken glass. The wind was at our backs most of the time, which actually helped push us uphill.The final uphill to the summit was extremely windy, and difficult to walk in. We got to the top, I took a quick pic of Celina standing by the sign, then we huddled down in a wind shelter and warmed up.

As we were getting ready to head back down, I was somewhat concerned about having to walk face first into that wind, so I wrapped a spare shirt around my face, and Daniela & Celina followed suit. Downhill was easy, with plenty of pauses to let the uphill hikers by, I was surprised at the number of kids on the trail. We took another break from the wind at the saddle, then continued down. The wind died down once we were back in the trees and it was a pleasant walk. Celina was very tired on what is now her biggest hike to date, so we took our time finishing up a little after 4:30.

There were way too many people on the trail, and I think in the future, I will only hike the Snowbowl side at night or on snowshoes. I just can't take seeing that many people and hipsters all in one day. However, when I am stuck on a busy trail, I should be a paid marketer for Truckette Hats because I ended up giving several people info on where to buy a hat for themself or their wife/girlfriend.
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