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Aug 21 2021
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49 male
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 Tempe, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking13.41 Miles 4,159 AEG
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I glanced at my self momentum stats for the first time in a few months and realized that to catch Dixie on the all-important peaks list, I had to get one or two more.

I immensely enjoy this trail and summiting this mountain, but in an uncommon occurrence it's an opinion that a lot of other people also share. In recent years the checklist crowd has moved this one down my list so I was thrilled to see that a special event would be closing the Snowbowl Road access to the trailhead, effectively closing the trail itself.

As I'm not opposed to a little extra mileage and gain, I set off from the 151, reaching the empty trailhead at Snowbowl in under an hour and proceeding up a deserted wilderness trail on a beautiful summer Saturday without the threat of severe weather.

The wind was fierce above the saddle and I could have used a long sleeve option, but instead took a quick turn at the summit to get back below the treeline. All in all, it was a delightful day on the mountain. They should close the road more often!
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Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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donqcryerTriplogs 50
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The north upslope side of Aspen Corner was full-on and peak, maybe a little past peak. The lower side was way past peak with many aspens bare. No worries, the other side of the road more than made up for it and was spectacular!
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I Hart to Hump, AZ 
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
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I needed to get some altitude training/miles in and I'm not a fan of nooner monsoon storms on mountain peaks so I camped at Hart Prairie and set out for Humphreys at 4:45am on the AZT.

Snowbowl at 5:30
Saddle at 7:05
Summit at 7:45.
Snowbowl at 9:50
Back at camp at 10:15.
Woke up from nap... tbd. :zzz:

I passed 10 people along the way and there was one on the summit when I arrived. Weather was perfect. Light breeze and no bugs.

On my way down I passed 36 ascenders before getting to the saddle. From the saddle to Snowbowl I passed another 326 on their way up. :o Though probably 75% of them were on the top half as not too many probably started much after 8am.

I really like starting at Hart Prairie. The extra couple of miles are scenic and there are always deer in the morning. Plus, it makes it a 4k hike that way. Which has always been super imortant to me! : rambo :
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Aspen Nature LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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After snowshoeing up the Dutchman Glade route in the morning, I wanted to take advantage of being on the mountain. I miss my pines and snow.

This is my new favorite place to cross-country ski in northern AZ. I didn't realize how gentle the slopes are below the Snow Bowl parking lot, but there are many rolling hills and opportunities for Nordic skiing. I'm glad I got to experience this before the snow is gone.

On my way down the hill, I heard a familiar sound. Part of Hart Prairie Creek is exposed below 8,800ft. It's really amazing to see the surface water break through the deep snow pack that surrounds it. This was definitely the highlight of this particular loop, but I will be back next year to connect with the AZT and several of the other features this area has to offer.

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The was that flows into this creek is running strong. Surface water breaks the snow surface at just around 8,800ft
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Oct 09 2016
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Humphreys from Hart Prairie, AZ 
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
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I was camped in Hart Prairie and trying to decide what to do for my Sunday. Having camped two nights above 8000 feet I figured I was acclimated enough to attempt Humphreys. I estimated it would take me more than half an hour to drive to Snowbowl, so I decided to just start hiking from camp. Hart Prairie in the morning was peaceful and serene. I must have seen over 100 deer in several herds each counting in the dozens. :)

Eventually I hit the AZT, and then the Nature Loop, though I cut a few of those useless switchbacks. The parking lot was busy, but the trail wasn't, which was nice. The register had 96 entries from Saturday. Presumably that would mean more than 300 people had hiked this trail the day before :o I was only the 8th entry at that point Sunday.

I made great time up the mountain, getting from the trailhead to the summit in 2.5 hours. From the saddle to the summit and back I wore hat, gloves, and a windbreaker as there was a cool breeze. The clear skies of early morning had turned to ominous clouds and it snowed for a few minutes while I was on the summit. I absolutely love dramatic clouds. I had the peak to myself but didn't stay more than 10 minutes before heading back down.

On the return trip, I took the higher traverse to the Agassiz Lodge where I was startled to find a line of people at least 200 deep waiting to ride the scenic chairlift. :o

I followed the maintenance road that traverses the ski slopes to the maintenance yard and continued down the powerline road. From there I turned downhill on an old road cut until it met up with the Kachina Trail and then did a little off-trail exploring in some nice glades with plenty of aspen. My route brought me out at Aspen Corner which was in absolutely prime color, and apparently half the population of Flagstaff was there to enjoy it.

I skipped the actual road/trail down Aspen Corner/Polar Aspen Alley to avoid the people and just dropped straight down toward camp below Alfa Fia for a fantastic day. There are some beautiful areas south of Snowbowl on the east side of the road, but it's easy to get caught in the wrong drainage too. There are a bunch of mountain bike paths too. I'd like to explore some of this area and get routes on a map as I'm sure there are some pretty good loops to be made in the shade of these pines and aspens.
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Oct 07 2016
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Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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MountainMattTriplogs 527
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After hanging out atop of Fern Mountain for the afternoon I decided to drive to another area that my high school football team ran to during our Camp Colton conditioning days.

I walked around in the aspen groves for ahwhile searching for some of the red tinted aspens I saw when atop F.M. earlier in the day. I was also just making sure my pups got her chance to play outside since I would be leaving her at my parents house for the next couple of days.

What turned into a peaceful moment of relaxation at the Alfa Fia Tank soon turned into a nightmare that left me running away with a feeing of nausea. :?
It was a pack of tourists :sk: I mean a literal pack of 30 or so ho hum people that swarmed upon the tank like a flock of thirsty Wildebeests.
I originally wanted to stay for sunset but I don't think you could have paid me to do that after I was bombarded by all the goobers.
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Not as clean of a pure gold as some of they other aspens I saw that weekend but still fantastic.
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Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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On an early autumn day we went to see among the first of the leaf-changing aspens at the corner. Plenty others from the Valley joined us, and the trail/photo spots were busy, although it emptied out with the exception of a few mountain bikers on the outer extents of the trail. The trail and a road converged on the loop we created and at one point we walked straight into someone's hunting camp. Friendly folks although we cautiously approached considering the only view at 11am included rifles, beer cans, and half empty crown royal flasks :).

Nice trail - although the aspens on the other side of the mountain at lockett meadow on the way to inner basin are much denser. Only a little rain got to us, although a storm was brewing higher on the mountain.
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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 Mesa, AZ
Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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Fall color visit with friends. Walked a portion of this trail then moved on to Aspen Nature Loop.
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Oct 14 2013
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Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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Along the road aspen were gorgeous - but into the jeep trail not very many with leaves still on.
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Leaves mostly already fallen off trees in first tenth of a mile
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 Mesa, AZ
Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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skatchkinsTriplogs 228
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We just needed a good car trip up north. This seemed to fit the bill nicely. I'd wanted more wildfowers but we substituted in some mushrooms. The rain jackets came out at the end as the storm finally came through and dropped a lot of water and hail. We off trail meandered in but hiked the trail (then a waterfalling river) out.
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Hart Prairie Wander via Aspen Corner, AZ 
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hippiepunkpirateTriplogs 657
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Started at Aspen Corner around 11am and headed down to the AZT and headed north. It was warm initially but the clouds built up over the course of the hike so the second half was quite nice. I turned around at a really nice grove of aspens that was pleasantly mixed with a dense groundcover of bracken ferns. Spent a few minutes here taking photos as clouds passed in front of the sun. On the return I took a detour up the northern leg of the Aspen Loop, then off-trailed it through the meadows to get back to Aspen Corner, stopping to shoot butterfly-covered sneezeweed along the way. Great hike, got my aspen, fern, and wildflower fixes taken care of in one shot!
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Most widespread were the tiny white and yellow daisy types. Occasional lupine, locoweed, and sneezeweed.
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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Just can't get used to the name on this one--the locals call it Alfa Fia Tank. I guess the entire trail is the alley... Anyway, decided to attempt some landscapes (not my forte) at sunset since I had just come off the Schultz Creek/Sunset/Dry Lake Hills area and was close.
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Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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After Veit Springs, I drove up the road to this one. Walked a bit of the trail on the uphill side of the road, it seems to be more of a mountain bike trail as I saw numerous jumps. I have a hunch that this connects to the Veit Springs Trailhead. Turned around at the jumps and head down to Alfa Fia Tank.

Took the trail on the left out of the parking area, which descended through a dense, rocky section of forest. Eventually hit the Arizona Trail, which I took north to Alfa Fia Tank. I was excited as fluffy clouds were floating over the Peaks and the sky didn't look as ominous as my Hart Prairie trip the week before. I was hoping for better light on the Peaks for pictures. Wandered around looking for nice compositions as the sky grew darker and darker.

Right before the sun went down, a menacing cloud began to swoop down the western slopes of the mountain. The wind picked up dramatically, the quaking in the stand of aspens to the south west was eerie. I could see the torrential sheets of rain blanketing the slopes of Humphrey's and Agassiz. Bursts of lightning jumped from cloud to cloud. I cursed as I knew this beast of a storm was headed right at me. One part of me wanted to stay and take pictures of the lightning flashes, another part of me wanted to scurry up to the safety of my car. I waited a few more moments to get a few more shots, but the flashes were to quick. I made a run for it.

I retracted the legs of my tripod as I bolted toward the aspen grove to the west where my car was parked. It looked like it was getting drenched. As I ran I set my f-stop to 3.5 and tried to take pictures of the lightning. I could feel sprinkles pelting me from above. My pace slowed as I struggled to get my camera into its bag. I wished I had put my rain jacket on, but it was too late now. I finally got the zipper unstuck on the camera bag and resumed sprinting uphill. As I entered the aspen grove, sprinkles turned into a torrent of fat, beastly drops. I ripped the headlamp out of my pocket and strapped it to my head, but it wasn't necessary with the bright flashes of electricity directly directly overhead.

As I got in my car and drove off, I was completely soaked. I couldn't have been in the downpour for more than 5 minutes. Rain continued to pound, and my descent down Snowbowl Road was slow. The lightning above would cast an incredible glare across the water logged roadway, and at times I would be blinded for a couple seconds. I guess I should expect no less during the monsoon season.
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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Down to Alfa Fia Tank and back. The tank is as full as I've ever seen it.
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 Tempe, AZ
Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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So I went in search of the elusive "Polar Aspen Alley" along the Snowbowl Road. After seeing what looked like a couple of different options heading into the woods, but none that stood out as THE option, I decided to park and explore.

I followed what was a clearly used mountain biking trail leading off the paved road in the first turn below Snowbowl. This trail is obviously well maintained, as there were a couple of spots where bikers have built "ramps" which allow easy passage over more difficult terrain. I encountered a couple of folks on horseback while exploring the area.

I quickly figured out that there is a little maze of trails in this area, beginning at the first turn where I started, and moving downhill to the main roadside/trailhead parking area in the turn about half a mile down the road from there. All trails lead to the same old closed road however, and ultimately end up at the Alfa Fia Tank just below the aspen grove and out in the open Hart Prairie.

Just before leaving the aspens, the old road crosses the Arizona Trail, and the sign to the south indicates the trail is still under construction, while to the north it leaves the woods and heads across the open Hart Prairie toward the Aspen Nature Loop and the Snowbowl parking lot.

I plugged along some of the closed roads, and even discovered one open road. Strangely, the road still open to motor traffic seemed to be a very popular biking trail, which occasionally dipped into adjacent singletrack. I'd love to see if there's a Flagstaff biking club that has some kind of map of the trails around this area, because I encountered several well-maintained singletrack trails all over Hart Prairie, and even across the prairie, up to the Michelbach Ranch and Hochderffer Hills.

After looping around, I decided to explore a bit above the Snowbowl Road, and this area is much less visited. In fact, it was difficult to find the old road in places, while in others it was apparent where it used to be. Eventually I met up with the Kachina Trail, and headed back to the trailhead and back down to my truck, with lots of notes and marks on my map.

I've posted a map of my discoveries in my photoset. Hopefully it will help the next person who heads to this area to explore!
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Polar Aspen Alley - aka Aspen CornerFlagstaff, AZ
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Headed up to the high country with everyone else in Arizona this weekend. I spent all day Saturday lounging around the meadows surrounding Alfa Fia Tank. Did a fair amount of photography, reading, napping, and other things of the sort. Several thunderstorms passed over me throughout the afternoon, but after the biggest storm (I think I may have gotten some hail), I was all by myself for the rest of the afternoon/evening. It's a beautiful area and was a relaxing day.
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Just a quick hike down the main trail to the AZ trail, downhill about a mile, cut over to just below AlfaFia Tank, then back up the slope. This was a popular place on Sunday afternoon, with a couple of guitar players at the tank and a wedding in the aspen trees! Avoided the wedding, back up the trail, and out. The aspen are in early leaf-out, a few wildflowers, some spring azure butterflies at the tank. The wild iris are almost gone--funny how they have very pale color this year.
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Went up SnowBowl Road after work to get in some exercise and check out the aspens. There is some color driving up. Parked at "Aspen Corner" (5.5 miles up) then walked the main trail down to AlfaFia tank. The stand of aspen at the parking area is starting to change. The lower Hart Prairie stand of aspen really haven't changed en masse yet. There are patches of color throughout the San Francisco Peaks. The air is hazy from all the controlled burns in this part of the state--inside Flagstaff city limits, north of Flag on 89, south of Williams, etc.
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AlfaFia Tank, AZ 
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I needed some outdoor time after a day of meetings now that I'm back at work. I had packed my camera and hiking boots in the car this morning, so I hit the trail at 4:30. This is also known as "Polar Aspen Alley" in the library of hikes, and is lower Hart Prairie on the way to Snow Bowl. The grass is tall and lush, and many wildflowers remain in bloom. There are all kinds of fungi--red, yellow, white, smooth, spiky, lumpy. From the tank, I left the trail to climb around the rocks and cliffs. There are game trails everywhere. Clouds blew by and a beautiful sunset ended the day.
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