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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking17.30 Miles 4,395 AEG
Hiking17.30 Miles   8 Hrs   59 Mns   2.36 mph
4,395 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
 
I decided to take advantage of another nice non-soon day and do another hike up to Humphreys Peak(of course facebookers will tell you that it is Mount Humphreys, but I digress). This was my 8th time on Humphreys this year, and 22nd time overall. Maybe someday I'll catch @Jim_H , but I doubt it.

On the way up to Agassiz Saddle I only saw 2 people on the trail. I did not encounter too many people from the saddle up to the summit. However, on the way back from the summit to Agassiz Saddle it was like ants on an anthill; in other words, there were lots of people making their way to the summit.

Just below the summit, where you basically go a straight up some rock to reach the summit, someone had made some switchbacks on the SW side of the summit. I tried going that way on the way up, but it would have been much, much better to go straight up over the rock field to reach the summit.

I thought that I might actually do an axcent of Humphreys without seeing any unleashed dogs or getting seranaded by someone's music box. Sadly, on the way down to Agassiz Saddle there was one unleashed dog and one music box...oh well, maybe next time!

On the way back, I only encountered 2 people from Agassiz Saddle to the thick grove of aspens a couple of miles from the TH.

I did see 2 grouse on he way back (or is that grouses or grice??). Let me rephrase that: On the way back, on the Weatherford Trail about 1/4 mile before getting to fremontdoyle-takeyourpick saddle, I saw a grouse in the middle of the trail and another grouse just off the trail. I had no idea that grouse were in the area. I looked online and one article said that grouse were introduced to the San Francisco Peaks in the 1970's.

Not surprisingly, aspen leaves are still green. Hopefully they will be yellow in 3 weeks or so.
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