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Sep 23 2022
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Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ 
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Couldn't wait the few more weeks for fall and had to have a look for myself at the damage from the summer. Redrew a familiar loop to play within FS rules, avoiding lower Weatherford and Kachina east of the Spur Trail. The whole mountain is still green, except for upper IB, which is just starting to change. Might be back in a week or two; Inner Basin is staying open up from the Waterline junction.

Was hoping for a day of clouds what with the rain and the cool weather we've been having. Forecast called for fog early, and the plan was sealed. Ended up a near-perfect day. Humphreys 151 same as ever. Passed a half dozen groups from saddle and up, and then another half dozen from summit back to saddle. Lots of folks got up for a sunrise summit and missed out on the clouds.

I had upper Weatherford to myself, as well as everything from Humphreys Saddle to Kachina TH for that matter. Lots of traffic on 151 all day long. Low clouds and great visibility. The Ridge from Fremont Saddle was untouched. Clouds built around the summit as I climbed.

Fremont is the summit with the best view of the damage. From there it appeared that Doyle, Schultz Ridge, Fremont's E ridge to Doyle Saddle were burned entirely. The fire did an astonishingly thorough job. Weatherford Canyon below Doyle Saddle, and it's hard to say for sure, was burned about 95% through. The bottom near Schultz Tank seemed to be okay, but everything in between looked like Doyle's slopes apart from a patch or two. Schultz Peak looked similarly, with only a few areas spared.

After an hour, I headed down the SE ridge toward Kachina. That was burned except the highest reaches. In order to avoid the closure, I stuck to the S ridge which was rather clear and stable but very steep. Dense forest and good aspen stands lower down. Emptied into a meadow above Kachina and for the first time since the 2020 Snowbowl closure had that trail to myself.
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Humphreys - Fremont Loop, AZ 
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Couple weeks off, couple weeks behind on this one. Tried just picking up where I left off. Started at 5:15am at the Kachina TH. No one at the Kachina or 151 TH when I started. Sign on the 17 North said the forests were still closed, suppose the word hadn't quite gotten out yet.

Humphreys Trail to the summit first time ever passing no one. Humphreys spur from Snowbowl is still closed off. Not sure if it's still closed because of related construction or if they are doing away with it. Shady and cool to the summit. After that it felt warm early on and high up the mountain. Switched onto Weatherford, had a break at Agassiz Saddle. Descending is as blissful as ever.

Hit Fremont Saddle passed my first hiker of the day. Turns out it wasn't a hiker so much as a Dixieflyer. From the saddle up the ridge to Fremont. Buggy on top, but the weather was perfect. Down the SE ridge cutting switchbacks to Kachina.

Maybe it's just because it's been a while, but it was my favorite trip down Kachina that wasn't a part of an autumn hike. Some cloud cover amassed on the way, the first shade since the morning. Appreciated the smooth tread and the mix of trees. Ferns have fleshed out. Find the East side the better half, but the West was (is) the one with the crowds. Almost everyone I saw on the day was hiking Kachina.
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May 19 2021
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Fremont - Doyle - Schultz Loop, AZ 
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A friend and I grew impatient and decided not to wait until June to head back to the SF Peaks. Figured there'd be too much snow to want to loop around from the west, so we started at Schultz Tank and stuck to the south side of the mountain. Started around 6am and went clockwise.

Nobody at the TH at 6, didn't cross any hikers all day. Started on Weatherford and took that to the last switchback before it crosses around Fremont to Doyle Saddle. About a dozen trees down on Weathford to that point. Left the trail and crossed into the meadow on the SE ridge. Went up that way knowing there'd be no snow. Tend to head down that ridge instead of up because it's so steep, but it's mostly grassy, open terrain with good footing. Enormous bristlecones/conifers and southern views distract. Made it up in about 3.5 hours and hung out at the summit for 2. The skyline shed its haze and pillowy clouds rolled in.

Descended west knowing our path would cross a decent amount of snow. Hoping for just the right amount, pretty much got it. So damn fun. The ridge was clear on top and to the south, but to the north there were 3-8ft drifts. Descending to Fremont Saddle no choice but to slide. Fell more times than I can remember but the weather was perfect for playing in the snow. Weatherford still deep snow most of the way from Doyle Saddle to, well I'd guess Humphreys Saddle. There's still a good amount of snow higher up where the trail crosses Snowslide Canyon. Weatherford to Doyle Saddle was more tiresome than the ridge as the snow was pretty soft, and we couldn't help but kick through 2-3ft every ten steps or so.

Straight up Doyle, no snow, and followed a better course this time. Had a break at the summit and watched the clouds and their shadows roll over the mountain. Could see two people descending Humphreys. I would think that it's currently not too bad with spikes if you start early. East side of Doyle has a good amount of snow still, though it wasn't so bad as Weatherford. Once the snow was gone deadfall took its place. So many downed trees to navigate around on the Schultz ridgeline. Got back down to a few cars at the trailhead. Hung out at Schultz Tank afterward, and it seemed like everyone at the trailhead was headed to Elden.
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One more fall hike in the SF Peaks and probably my last trip up there for the year. Couldn't help but include Fremont and tied it into a loop sure to pass through at least some autumn color.

Schultz Tank at 4:30. Waterline for an hour and a half in the dark. Bright stars over dull city lights. Southern Waterline is probably a decade away from being a worthy fall inclusion. What small aspens there are were yellow.

Waterline around Inner Basin was just about prime. Impossible to say, can't help but try. It's not like it ever all peaks at the same time, so there's always bound to be some disappointment and surprise. The joys of fall.

Up to Fremont one last time this year. Folds of yellow all around. Warmer than expected, until the clouds swept in with the wind and I headed down.

SE ridge down to Weatherford. Good footing, bristlecones, meadows, shortest route back to Schultz Tank. Weatherford a mix of colors. Lower is on the way up, upper is on the way down.

Aspen side of the Weatherford Loop. More leaves on the ground than in the trees. Short window this year. Last of autumn color mostly in the bottom half.

Saw a few people all over the mountain. Temps from 40s to 70s. Everywhere but Kachina is peak or past from what I could see.
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South side aspens mixed. Kachina entering peak, Weatherford exiting. Inner Basin peak and winding down.
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Started at the Kachina Trailhead at 5am. Already one car there and three at the Humphreys TH. Took the loop clockwise with Humphreys first.

Passed three groups of hikers on the way up to the saddle. From the saddle, a pair of hikers were returning from a sunrise summit. They said it had been so windy they had to crawl up the final incline. By the time I was there winds were constant at 20-30mph. They helped blow me up the final climb to the summit with minimal effort. Pretty cold, so I only stayed about ten minutes. Wind was blowing my camera out of my hands as I tried to take pictures.

Way down to Humphrey's Saddle two more groups. Weatherford has snow just past Agassiz Saddle that is easily negotiable. It has snow on the walk over Snowslide Canyon before the Z. Brought spikes, didn't need them. Poles would help, goes without saying but not a good place to slip. A path is worn out in the snow a few feet below the trail where there are patches of bare rock.

From Fremont Saddle went up to the ridge with Peak 11,673 that leads up to Fremont. Definitely my preferred way of getting to the summit, as the SE ridge is to get down. Cold wind and warm sun on the summit. Went down trying to rejoin the trail after bypassing as many switchbacks as possible. Cut one more corner around Aspen Spring.

Kachina had give or take a dozen groups of hikers. Uneventful unless it's autumn, but a nice way to loop back around the mountain. Only ever got as warm as high 70s.
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Been sitting on this hike since winter waiting for the fall to arrive. After a disappointing fall showing in the Inner Basin last week, a friend and I made a second attempt to see some color. This time we went for Fremont Peak, and to get maximum autumn-ness we looped around from the Humphrey's side with Weatherford and Kachina Trails, seeing the color from afar and up close.

Started at Snowbowl around 6:45am with temperatures in the mid/high 30s. Aspen Loop was a deep golden yellow. Saw a dozen deer in the meadows at Snowbowl and on the Humphrey's Trail. Passed some people around Humphrey's Saddle and didn't see anyone else until the end of Kachina.

Skipped Humphrey's and went straight down the Weatherford to Doyle Saddle. The wind was starting to blow the early morning haze from the Inner Basin, revealing its color. Took the ridge from Doyle Saddle to Fremont Peak. First time heading that way, and I think it's the best way up compared to the SE ridge or the loose, rocky climb from Fremont Saddle.

On the top of Fremont we were surrounded by autumn color. Fremont is right in the middle of the aspen stands of the Inner Basin, Weatherford, and Kachina. They were all showing quite nicely and were all within a week of climax. Despite biting wind and near freezing temperatures on top of Fremont, with every direction yielding amazing autumn color or more generally breathtaking views, we lingered for an hour and a half or so.

Headed down the SE ridge, which is much more enjoyable downhill than up. Caught up with Weatherford at the second big switchback. The colors on the lower sections of the trail were still pretty green, but higher up the color was perfect.

Onto Kachina and the color was best nearer the Weatherford junction than the trailhead. Was very impressed by that trail. The meadows were quite beautiful, especially at this time of year. It was especially cool to walk through the seas of yellow on Weatherford and Kachina after surveying them from the top of Fremont. The ups and downs that come by nickel and dime on Kachina were rough by the end.

There was a freeze in Flagstaff the night of this hike, and I imagine that has hastened the changing of the colors. I'd say from now for a week or so will be prime for seeing some yellow.
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Inner Basin entering climax, Weatherford is there higher up, Kachina is there around the Weatherford junction. The rest will be hitting within a week.
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Schultz Pass Road was closed from the south, so I took the Elden Springs Road in. Schultz Pass is also closed from this side, but there is a small, temporary parking area designated for the Schultz Tank trailhead where the roads meet.

I had planned on taking off for the ridge at the second switchback, but there was a clearly defined use trail headed toward the ridge at the first. Followed it a short ways until I realized it goes the wrong direction. Scrambled up slope to just above where the second switchback is. The wildflowers are alright on the lower parts of Weatherford, but they're out in force on the grassy slopes of the SE ridge. Tried my best to kind of switchback up, but no matter what it's a slog.

Windy and cold on top. Too smokey to see very far. Took the ridge straight down to the saddle. There's a pretty clearly defined use trail for much of the route down, following along the south side of the ridge.

Didn't see anyone until I got back to the trailhead.
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Cold, but pretty nice for this today. One elk bugling on the slope about 1000' below the summit. Very quiet, except for occasional flocks of small birds or the Clark's Nutcrackers. Great visibility, so I basically had the conditions I wanted to to do this today, even if it was far colder than expected a few weeks ago. Really, today felt like how I remember November, not the end of September. Glad I brought my coat!
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A great overnight backpack in the San Francisco mountains outside of Flagstaff.

Having to carry your water for two days keeps all the people away! While there are springs along the way, the city of Flagstaff has capped them and are piping the water to town. We saw several examples of how Flagstaff is getting some of its water. Read more at: azdailysun.com/life ... html

We hiked up the Inner Basin trail with views of the cirque. We headed to the saddle between Doyle and Fremont peaks. And then we summited Doyle our first afternoon and Fremont the next morning! On Doyle we met a man who was extremely interested in the area's history. We learned that the world's highest observatory once sat on its top, built in 1927. Two Bristle cone pines aligned perfectly to be used to support the telescope. At that time the peak was called Schultz Peak and the observatory was called Schultz Peak Station. We hung out on the peak enjoying the views.

Note: The ridge to the west of Fremont peak was called Doyle peak. That area is now Doyle Saddle and it is not next to the peak now called Doyle peak. However the area we stayed at is labeled Doyle Saddle and trail signs also call it Doyle saddle.

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The next morning Nick and I climbed up Fremont Peak which has even better views of the area. Of course we had to hike up 1000 ft in .75 miles from our camp!

After a snack we headed back to Flagstaff using the gently graded Weatherford Trail (used to be a road). We encountered some rain but not nearly as much as the town of Flagstaff did.
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I drove up to Flagstaff Sunday Night and slept in the truck at Schultz Tank. I wanted to acclimate myself as much as I could before this hike. I planned on starting the trail around 5am. Since I was warm and cozy in the truck, and it was a bit cold outside, I didnt get that early start. I started getting ready a little after 6 and started up the Weatherford trail around 6:30.
I planned my route from Jim_H description. I hiked up the Weatherford for 3 Miles, then went off trail. Straight up the mountain. Well it was kinda straight. This section was very slow going. Take 5 steps then take 5 breaths... I gained 2800Ft in 2.5 miles. This took me over 4hours 30minutes. I then hiked down the west ridge to Non-Peak 11673, then back to the Weatherford @ the Doyle Saddle. I then hiked the Weathford up to the Agassiz-Humphreys saddle, then back down the Weatherford to Schultz tank.
The weather was perfect, fall colors where great. Oh and I ran into AZ Wandering Bear on my way back down, at Doyle Saddle. All around a Fantastic adventure.
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Up the south east ridge from Schultz Pass using the lower Weatherford and the grassy slopes. Lots of Elk bugling, and then after 5, lots of gun shots which came from the higher areas above Weatherford Canyon. Clear skies gave way to hazy clouds from the decaying hurricane. The views from the top are great.
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My brother and some friends with whom we do an annual rim-to-rim trip in September wanted to head up to the peaks for a training hike on Weatherford Trail. Since my son and I had done Weatherford to Humphreys and back at the end of June, I decided to mix things up by tackling the summits of Doyle and Fremont instead. My brother ended up joining me on the off trail adventure, while the rest of our group hiked at various paces and to various destinations (some just to Doyle Saddle and back; some to the Agassiz crossover and back; a few to the Humphreys summit saddle and back; and one to 12,633 and back--all great options on this trail).

My brother and I took off at a pretty good clip, logging about 18-19 min. miles up to Doyle Saddle. From there, we veered off trail up the western face of Doyle. It's off-trail hiking, so I don't know that we found a better or worse way up, but it seemed generally that there were fewer obstacles (tree clumps) to contend with and navigate around if we stayed more on the south/west face of the peak, rather than crossing over a ridgeline you meet closer to the summit that would put you more on a north-side approach. (see gps track)

After the steep climb, we topped out on Doyle to beautiful views. It was very satisfying to capture Fremont, Agassiz, Humphreys, Abineau, and Rees in a single panorama.

We explored the old Doyle cabin, which is 60-70 yards SE of the summit rock pile. [Actually, as I now review the topo maps, it looks like the precise summit is a little further east on the rounded peak, though at only 10-15 feet higher, I'm counting our effort as a summit bag :-$ ] Although the roof of the Doyle cabin is mostly collapsed, there is still a little shelter to be found there in a pinch, and the cabin is equipped with a frying pan, spatula, saw, and a dustpan/broom, so you can tidy up after yourself. We also found a few older and newer summit logs in a tupperware container, along with some emergency candles, lighter, matches and a few other odds and ends. We added our name to one of the new registers under another HAZer who was up there Aug. 2013.

After that, we made a quick descent of Doyle back to the saddle, with our eyes on the next goal: Fremont Peak. Ascending from the east, we stayed fairly close to the top of the ridgeline while climbing up. As the north side of the ridge drops off precipitously in a few places (i.e., the rock-slide/avalanche areas that are readily apparent from the inner basin), when in doubt, we navigated a little lower on the southern side of the ridgeline. However, straying too far down from the ridge to the south could also lead to some steep ravines that would end up requiring backtracking or more technical climbing. Bottom line: my general suggestion is to stay as close to the top of the ridgeline as possible. :M2C: There's no way to avoid a little class 2 rock scrambling, but no real exposure.

As we cleared the treeline and made the final push to the summit, we could see a storm beginning to move in. A hundred feet or so from the summit, I heard the first rumble of thunder in the distance. From the summit, we could see rain falling to the south and west of us. I knew we needed to get off the exposed summit, but our plan was to cross over the summit and drop down into Fremont Saddle, so we continued up and over, stopping only briefly at the summit to snap some photos (forgot to look for/sign the summit register ...) :doh: . I had no desire to backtrack down the way we had ascended from Doyle Saddle--other than the final pitch to the summit (which is steep from any angle), the eastern approach is, overall, much more steep and presents a much more challenging descent route.

Off the top of Fremont summit, we had originally intended to follow the long, relatively level ridgeline around to the southwest "mini-summit" and then from there drop into Fremont Saddle. However, with the thunder rumbling, we wanted to get off the exposed ridgeline and quickly dropped off into the trees on the north-facing slope, descending cross-country through the forested mountain face on various game trails, while generally wrapping around the side of the mountain. The rain descended, and we donned our ponchos, though it never let loose with an all-out downpour. I kept an eye on my GPS altimeter, trying to keep us from dropping below 11,400, so that we wouldn't undershoot the saddle. We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh smells and vibrant forest colors that accompanied the rain, as well as the muffling effect of the overcast skies and rainy drizzle (interrupted by an occasional clap of thunder) as we made our final descent into the saddle. Even when I'm "on trail," that northern slope of Fremont is one of my favorite sections of the Weatherford trail.

At the saddle, we hung out for 30 minutes or so, not sure where the rest of our hiking crew was. We saw a number of groups of hikers descending from Agassiz, passing up their summit attempts in light of the stormy conditions. Eventually, most our our crew came down the trail as well. However, they reported that one gal in our group had made it beyond Agassiz to the summit trail junction and was reportedly still set on reaching the Humphreys summit. Not knowing that my brother and I had opted to tackle Doyle and Freemont Peaks, her plan was at least to keep marching forward until she "caught up" to us (presumably, on our descent of Humphreys). Of course, we were behind her, but felt that we should head up the trail to check on her and, at a minimum, provide some companionship for the long descent back to Weatherford trailhead.

By the time we had decided to continue up the Agassiz switchbacks, the storm clouds were breaking up and the storm was pushing off to the east. So, I felt comfortable venturing above the treeline.

We made it to the 12,000 ft. Agassiz crossover, and thankfully saw our companion marching her way back up to the crossover from the summit-trail side. She reported that she had indeed made the Humphreys summit, and had it all to herself, as everyone else apparently had (wisely) abandoned their attempts in light of the weather. She relayed how she and other hikers on the trail were surrounded by static electricity, making their hair stand on end, while hiking through a pretty solid downpour of sleet and hail. I told her she was lucky, after having tempted Mother Nature so. [-X

The descent from Agassiz crossover to the trailhead was unexceptional (other than, of course, the breathtaking vistas that make this hike a gem in the first place). The skies cleared up and we enjoyed a pleasant, rain-free return hike. Coming back across Fremont, we took the "traditional" trail down and around its northern slopes.

On the way down from Doyle Saddle, we decided to take a "short cut," intending to lop off a section of the trail that bleeds over a ridgeline that separates Fremont's south and southeast faces. Well, as the gps track confirms, we dropped off the trail way too soon and ended up doing some extra bushwhacking to get back to the trail. On the bright side, we ran into a couple of grouse and snapped a few photos.

Our second attempted shortcut was more successful, and more significant in lopping off about a .5 section of the trail that bleeds over on Fremont's south face. I was also more familiar with this one, having accessed it on a previous trip. I'm sure that section was necessary when the trail needed to be navigable by Model T's...

As we rounded the horseshoe bend in the trail by the meadow near the trail register (approx. 2.2 miles from the trailhead), we saw a healthy buck in velvet, grazing in the meadow. The final two miles were a slog, as we were pretty beat.

We stopped in Flag for dinner and then headed back to Phoenix, after another satisfying adventure in the high country. Weatherford is definitely one of my top 5 Arizona hikes!
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Hiking8.00 Miles 3,945 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.52 mph
3,945 ft AEG
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I didn't want to drive to Lockett Meadow, so I went to Schultz Tank instead and hiked my traditional on trail and off trail hike up Fremont from the south. I skipped Doyle. I haven't done this route since late September of 2007, and it isn't as satisfying as it once was. This was also the first time I have done it during summer. It was hot on the way up and very, very humid. Still, I think I made very good time, ascending in 2 and 3/4 of an hour. Unless you like getting grass in your boots and having your legs irritated by the very tall grass that grows on this route, I don't recommend it.

A large part of me doing this today was so that I could finally get some pictures of the senecio in flower. I got a few shots. I found senecio growing right on the summit of Fremont, so be careful if you summit it. I only saw one other person the entire time I was out today. It was a nice day on the Peaks.
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[ checklist ] Fremont Peak
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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average hiking speed 2.22 mph

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