|Humphreys - Deadman LO, AZ|
|Humphreys - Deadman LO, AZ|| |
Humphreys - Deadman LO, AZ
|4,643 ft AEG|
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|I hiked up to Humphreys from the Inner Basin, and afterwards drove north of the San Francisco Peaks and hiked up to the Deadman Fire Lookout atop Peak 7143.|
It was about a perfect day to hike up to Humphreys - mild temperatures with no threat of rain or storms. I only saw one person on the trail until I got to Agassiz Saddle; from the saddle to the summit there were a few people on the trail, but not very many.
The road into the Inner Basin (FR 553) is about as good as it gets right now -- most any car could easily make the drive. When I drove in there was a road grader parked at the turn to FR 553; when I came back in the afternoon the grader was gone. So I would guess that they graded the road a day or two prior to my hike.
I have been wanting to hike to the Deadman LO, and this seemed like a good day.
I was a short hike on a forest road (FR 773A) to the summit. The vegetation on the way up to the summit was really green, and there were a few wildflowers blooming along the way. The summit has some really nice unobstructed 360 degree views. I enjoyed the views as much or more than from atop Humphreys.
All that is left of the lookout cabin at the summit is the foundation and floor joists. I do not know any details about the lookout, other than it was a 2 story cabin. Here is a link to a picture of it:
If you go to this LO, be leery of google maps directions, which will try and get you go FR418 to FR419. FR418 is a good road but FR419 is rocky and gnarly. I went in FR514 to FR773. I only drove a short distance on FR773A and decided to park and hike up to the summit. It is a pleasant stroll so I am glad that I hiked up the road.
These are 3 good hikes; I really enjoyed the short hike to the Deadman LO and I will probably do it again sometime.
The stats for the 2 hikes are below. The total above is the sum of the two.
Humphreys: 16.7 miles with an AEG of 4,400 feet
Deadman: 1.7 miles with an AEG of 243 feet
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|