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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2019
joebartels
Hiking16.30 Miles 4,426 AEG
Hiking16.30 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.22 mph
4,426 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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40% thunderstorm forecast wasn't reassuring. Humid sweaty the first 5 ish miles, unexpected.

Water that is typically running at maintenance? shack near Waterline Trail/Road was capped off.

Happy to report the snow on the upper Weatherford lazy Z switchback is down to three steps of slushy snow. Still a 10-15 yard stretch soon after at the 12k saddle before heading down to summit trail. It was on my left limited use side heading up so I hiked over to be safe.

Turned out to be one of the nicer hikes above treeline. Little wind, 5 minutes heavy weight yet sparse sprinkles at worst. Bruce said hail, I didn't notice such ten feet away.

Moderate hikers from Humphreys saddle up. Expected more. The top was nice weather wise. Gnat city after a couple minutes sitting so we lunched at Humphreys Saddle heading back.

Returning over the snow stretch I grabbed a flat rock to grip the snow if anything went awry. Good thing too. I slipped, started sliding. The rock save worked, didn't slide far. Bruce decided on the over bypass quickly...lol

Virtual ghost town back down until the final couple miles.

Still holds a solid spot in my favorite twenty hikes overall. Good to hike with iron man in training @Eaglet after a couple years. We admired his 1.5 qrt ultra obsolete pack.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
low side of moderate volume wise
[ Yellow Columbine ] with white accents had a good spread in a few areas
[ Hills Lupine ] or more likely [ Silverstem Lupine ] is what most would notice
[ Parry's Primrose ] in various stages, some flaunting nice flowers. Only one area had the typical rancid drift
[ Fendler's Sandwort ]
[ Western Sneezeweed ] is getting ready to bust out blooms
believe [ Avens ] were out in force above treeline, definitely not Senecio (franciscanus)
one dense stretch of Penstemon, likely Golden-Beard
fair amount of a white anther blue flower above treeline
[ Mountain Parsley ]

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Alfa Fia Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
guessing, clearly visible from saddle above
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