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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking16.32 Miles 4,727 AEG
Hiking16.32 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   2.02 mph
4,727 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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I think this is the best way to hit Humphreys. Of course in the Fall it is a little more crowded. Bruce informed us they are going to start limited access to Lockett Meadow at 100.
Joe was not so sure he would be able to do some Fall hikes this year so he seemed pretty excited. In fact this is his first big hike in 3.5 months without a neck brace. So awesome to see. We got in the Meadow a little before 8am and it looked like the campgrounds were full. We stopped at Joe's favorite tree stump for a pic although I saw Joe getting cozy with another tree stump later on. We hit the trail around 8am. A few hikers here and there but not bad. The switchbacks through the Aspen is really nice and might be my favorite section. Some yellow and some still with a touch of green which I enjoy as well. Joe likes the switchbacks along Agassiz. The hike all the way to Humphreys saddle went great. For that matter all the way to the Peak went great. Just a few more people after the saddle. We topped out in about 4 hours. Checked out the views then the wind kicked way up and it was time to skedaddle.
Two issues without the neck brace. A new place to sunburn and no sympathy from other hikers. So with one eye neutralized from the wind and only use of one arm as the other one froze , coming off the summit was a bear for Joe. He was a trooper though! Once out of the wind we took a short break to compose ourselves and headed for the treeline. Joe was mostly back in his happy place and we spread cheer the rest of the way down as we enjoyed the color a second time. The car heater and a bite to eat in Flagstaff and Joe was on his way back to feeling pretty good. Thanks for the hike Joe! Like HAZ and Fall colors, :yr:
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