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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
chumley
Hiking16.50 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   8 Hrs   11 Mns   2.23 mph
4,300 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
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Great day on the peaks :y: With lower than normal monsoon activity forecast, we figured there was a good chance we could get through the day storm free, but we still tried to get an early start and were on the trail before 7. The IB is the only way I'll do this one in season, and the single trail runner we encountered before reaching the junction with 151 is why. By then however it was after 10am and the trip from there to the peak and back was pretty crowded.

I was happy to see that the FS had removed the homemade peak sign somebody had put up a couple weeks ago. The clouds had begun to build and as we headed back toward the saddle, some bigger, darker clouds settled over Agassiz Peak. While a stream of hikers continued upward we discussed amongst ourselves the discomfort we would feel if we were still headed up with the current cloud buildup. At Doyle Saddle we decided to skip the ridgeline peaks route back, and shortly thereafter things seemed to clear up. By the end of the hike it was a beautiful day with absolutely no threats of storms.

Recent rains in the inner basin have left some impressive flood erosion. The Waterline road up to the "bus stop" has been repaired and is as smooth as I have ever seen it. Above that it is literally impossible to walk on, with ruts up to 3 feet deep! The grasses adjacent to the old road still make for relatively easy tread for hiking. We passed a handful of hikers on the lower two miles and enjoyed an early dinner in Flagstaff.
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