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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2019
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   1.76 mph
3,313 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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A really lovely day to hike Humphrey; dry and warm and not too windy. There were not many people out, either. Lots of smoke, as there are a great many fires around, and the one north of Sitgreaves was putting up a good head afternoon. So too, was the one west of Sedona. You might want to skip this until they are out, as it was noticeable and it did affect me when hiking up. Wind increases or mixing cleared things up after 1 PM or so, and smoke wasn't really bad until I got back to town.

No real storms to speak of, and it felt more like June or late September, and not mid-August when thunderstorms should be pummeling the Peaks with rain, hail, and lightning. It was extremely pleasant in the forest east of Mount Elden the evening before, and also in and around town after this hike. I definitely didn't mind the lack of storms or humidity! The cool dry air and sweet smell of the forest as the sun set was lovely, just lovely this time year.

Flagstaff has recorded a dismal 1.02 inches of rain since the "Monsoon Season" began, and August has only seen 3/10ths of an inch. Dew points were in the low 20s, and the QPF for the next 7 days shows no rain at all for this area, and most of the SW USA, so expect the fires to continue, along with the extremely pleasant chamber of commerce weather.

If you do go soon, it might be near 70 up top, and will be rather pleasant though the wind forecast is heading up, too. I would also expect crowds this weekend, even with the I-17 closure in north Phoenix.

Look for the Sennecio, which is in bloom, along with a few other flowers including the often confused for Snenecio: Alpine Avens. The Peaks appear to have had slightly more rain than town, as though the trail is dusty and dry down low, there is visible moisture in the soil higher up.

Humphrey summit #113. In early July I finally got around to driving to and hiking Baldy in the White Mountains before hiking this, again. My opinion regarding these two that I formed well over a decade ago was still valid. This was not to say the Whites are lousy, I just felt that pre-Wallow fire Escudilla was the best summit hike, over there. I'm not likely to ever run back to hike Baldy, I will hike Humphrey again, but it just might not be to fall, or next year before I do. Not that you care about this, but I do.
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