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Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ
mini location map2020-06-15
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Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ 
Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ
Hiking18.73 Miles 5,202 AEG
Hiking18.73 Miles   8 Hrs   8 Mns   2.72 mph
5,202 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Started at the Kachina Trailhead at 5am. Already one car there and three at the Humphreys TH. Took the loop clockwise with Humphreys first.

Passed three groups of hikers on the way up to the saddle. From the saddle, a pair of hikers were returning from a sunrise summit. They said it had been so windy they had to crawl up the final incline. By the time I was there winds were constant at 20-30mph. They helped blow me up the final climb to the summit with minimal effort. Pretty cold, so I only stayed about ten minutes. Wind was blowing my camera out of my hands as I tried to take pictures.

Way down to Humphrey's Saddle two more groups. Weatherford has snow just past Agassiz Saddle that is easily negotiable. It has snow on the walk over Snowslide Canyon before the Z. Brought spikes, didn't need them. Poles would help, goes without saying but not a good place to slip. A path is worn out in the snow a few feet below the trail where there are patches of bare rock.

From Fremont Saddle went up to the ridge with Peak 11,673 that leads up to Fremont. Definitely my preferred way of getting to the summit, as the SE ridge is to get down. Cold wind and warm sun on the summit. Went down trying to rejoin the trail after bypassing as many switchbacks as possible. Cut one more corner around Aspen Spring.

Kachina had give or take a dozen groups of hikers. Uneventful unless it's autumn, but a nice way to loop back around the mountain. Only ever got as warm as high 70s.
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