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Humphreys Loop, AZ
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Humphreys Loop, AZ 
Humphreys Loop, AZ
Hiking23.54 Miles 6,120 AEG
Hiking23.54 Miles   10 Hrs   8 Mns   2.65 mph
6,120 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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I did this loop last fall without the summit, and it ended up being a nice early fall route connecting some of the earlier changing aspen patches in Inner Basin and along the northern part of Waterline Trail. Added the summit because I'd never heard of anyone going up, down, and around Humphreys, and it seemed like a neat idea. Fall's late on the mountain, and I was a few days early. Just about everywhere on the mountain is 2-5 days off trend.

Started at 5am and hiked for an hour by headlamp. Passed two groups coming down above the saddle. Nobody else until Fremont Saddle, and the day got very busy. Passed maybe 50 groups total. Lots of very friendly people out and about. Not too many aspens have turned yet around the mountain, but I stayed on the north side of Inner Basin using a couple roads and found enough color to satisfy. Waterline a mix. Lots of people out on Abineau - Bear Jaw. That loop is turning unusually late as well.

From the Waterline/Abineau junction I went over the ridge west of Abineau Canyon. It was cloudy and cold this time around, so I used the clearing that ends at the patch of rock fall. Maneuvered below as much as I could before going up. Had a much easier time avoiding bushwhacking, couldn't find a solution to how steep it is. Down White Horse Canyon, the upper parts of which are awesome. Views from Kendrick to Kayenta. Open forest and loose footing turns into a deadfall nightmare lower down. It isn't so bad in the canyon, but once circling around SW toward the AZT it is, well, super irritating. Eventually dumped into a long meadow that has a trail running from it's eastern end to Lew Tank and the AZT. Took that back around to the Snowbowl connector and back up to the TH.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Snowbowl still green, Inner Basin just turning higher up, a week away lower down, Bear Jaw nearing peak, Abineau still mostly green, Waterline a mix
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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