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Philomena Spring using Humphrey Summit Trail - 1 member in 4 triplogs has rated this an average 5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 02 2015
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking8.75 Miles 3,413 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles
3,413 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Much colder and wetter than hoped for, but the summit was nice. I had it to myself again for my 45 minutes to hour spent on top. I paid a visit to the spring, traveling cross country to it from below instead of descending to it. The forest was cold, moist, and dark with the clouds and I realized I am pushing it, as it isn't fall yet. I would like to wait until the fall conditions arrive to come back to the Peaks, perhaps coming from the Inner Basin for a change.

My 90th summit was fairly unremarkable. Lots of humidity around and distance views were shot. Felt less special than the others, but I have been up here doing it pretty frequently. Perhaps, a visit to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, or Tucson is in order? The tundra plants really look like fall is here, and I found an area of landslide up around 12,000'.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Avens.

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Clear cold water, as is to be expected.
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Oct 04 2014
Jim_H
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Philomena Spring using Humphrey Summit TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking8.75 Miles 2,950 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.25 mph
2,950 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A very good hike and some new terrain was covered, which is always nice. The conditions could not have been better for this, and a bear was spotted in addition to elk and deer. Larry had trouble with his ankle and we decided to descend the other route, which proved to be a bit more scenic and was a really nice way to go. I still prefer to ascend my way, becuase I am better at knowing where I am with regard to elevation, and the views are better overall. You can go faster downhill on the game trail, however.
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I finally visited the hot tub, and spent some more time at the spring. The only draw back for this was myself thinking that I wish I had been a back country skier when I lived in Flag, but that was never a priority. The AZ trail is really nice up here, and it looks like it would be a fun bike ride. The Aspen loop is a cruel series of gentle snake curves.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

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The spring is still flowing, but the small creek is dry. Ice caps part of the springs.
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Sep 21 2014
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.55 mph
3,313 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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I haven't been on Humphrey since August of 2012. It was good to be back. Summit # 85!!!

While the weather was not the ideal I had hoped for, I enjoyed it immensely. It reminded me a lot of my very first summit just over 8 years ago, humid, cloudy with small gaps of sun, and the odd smell of the alpine vegetation that is sort of like cold cream. Color in the aspens has started in the Inner Basin, and parts of the summit trail, thought the avens is near or past peak of red color in many places. Today was the last full day of summer, but the fast moving clouds said fall. If you saw them, you would understand. I leave tomorrow, but a drying trend has begun for the week, so fall is here! Hopefully, I return in less than 2 weeks and weather is warm, sunny, calm and dry.

After the trail, I went off the west ridge to Philomena Spring, which is flowing very well with all the rain, and there is a small stream on a slight ridge a couple of hundred feet below the spring. The sound of running water is so very unusual for the Peaks! I bet this did it last year, but I don't know about drier years. It is obvious that the western slope of the Peaks is not lacking for rain this September, as everything is super wet and the trail still muddy.

After hanging out at the spring for a while, I hiked out and down the Allison Clay but started over to a helmet I found, and despite being above where I normally turned to cross the slope, I went into the trees and crossed up higher,which brought me across the Dutchman a few hundred feet above the end of the 5th switchback. So, I took the trail the rest of the way out.

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Bristlecone Pine
Culture
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Trash Hauled Out
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
In the aspen and the avens.

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Flowing nice and heavy in the collection area, and further downhill there is a stream for a couple of hundred feet. The stream is on top of a slight ridge.
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Aug 06 2011
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Philomena Springs/ Humphrey, AZ 
Philomena Springs/ Humphrey, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2011
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Hiking8.00 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.45 mph
3,400 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
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I took the trail to the Dutchman and crossed over that and then went off trail to the Allison Clay. I hiked up the AC and went over the next ridge and into the next chute to the north. I was crossing that basin planning to go over the next ridge and into the following basin to the north to look for the spring when I happened to notice some old wood with nails in it. I thought, "there must be a lot of that out here", and turned back to look at it. It was then I noticed the metal pipe line. That made no sense, since according to the maps, I needed to go one more basin to the north to find Philomena Springs. This wouldn't be the first time a map of the Peaks had errors, so I followed the pipe up hill. Eventually, it ended and I kept going. I came to a dry metal trough and was a little disappointed. I decided to look around to see if there was any water, or signs of it. I started hearing flowing water in the rocks and found an area that had been cleared out and had a large amount of cold water flowing through the bottom.

I started walking around to see if I could find some more water in other places, but never did. I wanted to take a look in the next basin to the north and see if any evidence of a pipe or water was present. I stood hundreds of feet above the basin and couldn't see anything. Wind rushing by the rocks sounded a little like water, but I probably could have spent all day there and never found anything. As it was, Philomena is really just an accessible spring because humans cleared the rock away and made it accessible. I could see hikers above me, and since I was higher than I expected to get, I headed for the summit. I thought I wasn't going to today, but it was just so nice and I was so close, it seemed wrong not to. More so given how easy it was to find the spring. I popped up on the west side of Humphrey and made summit #81, and then hung out for a while. It was not very windy, just light gusts, and pretty warm. The views were short as it is very hazy and fires are smoking out the north and east views. I can live with it.

I headed down the way I came. You need to like scree to do this, and have high comfort with talus. I spent some time relaxing at the spring and then did my best to retrace my steps to my car. I skipped the last section of trail and went down the ski run. Upper Hart Prairie is very lush this year and nice to walk through. Left before the sunset, but I bet it was great passing through the Beale Fire smoke. It is also helpful to know what sennecio looks like to make it easy to avoid.
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Philomena Spring
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Flowing in the rocks and they are removed to create access. Flow looks like it is 15 to 20 gallons a minute. I think it is more rain water than snow melt at this date. It tasted fine, but had a slight metallic after taste. I drank it unfiltered.

No illnesses at 18 hours post ingestion.
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average hiking speed 1.42 mph

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